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Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health*

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Director of Graduate Studies
Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program
Box 90328
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 613-8078


General Information

Degree offered:
Ph.D. offered through one of the participating departments. (Biochemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environment, Neurobiology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. Certificate.
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
Part time study available:
Test required:
GRE General: Optional for 2021
Application Deadlines

Program Description

The Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP) is the only training program at Duke which fully prepares students for research careers in Environmental Health and Toxicology. Interdepartmental and multidisciplinary, a PhD degree is awarded by one of several participating Duke departments with the ITEHP certification granted by the Program upon graduation. Upon completion of doctoral studies, these students are experienced in the design, execution and interpretation of current research in environmental health and toxicology. Completion of this training at the doctoral level provides career opportunities in academia, industry, and government, including positions involved in research, risk assessment and policy.

Research directed by ITEHP faculty is centered on environmental and occupational exposures, and effects on reproduction and development, neurodevelopment and function, pulmonary health, and carcinogenesis. These research programs include studies focused on both human and ecological health, and interconnections between the two. The elucidation of mechanisms underlying toxicities and adverse health outcomes is central to many studies in ITEHP laboratories. Exposures of particular concern currently include nanomaterials, pesticides, metals and metalloids, aromatic hydrocarbons, flame retardants, pharmaceuticals, tobacco smoke, and endocrine disruptors. How such exposures intersect with other factors such as diet, lifestyle and socioeconomic variables to affect health are also of interest.

There are several avenues for prospective students interested in applying for admission to  the ITEHP. Students may seek admission directly into this Ph.D. program and its NIEHS-funded T-32 Training Grant by filing an application for the program with The Graduate School. This first option is only available to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. A second avenue for admission permits both domestic and international students to apply for entry into the certificate program via one of Duke's participating departments (Biochemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environment, Neurobiology, Pathology, or Pharmacology and Cancer Biology).  Finally, a certificate option is available to graduate students who are already at Duke and are affiliated with a participating Duke department and ITEHP faculty member who wish to pursue the additional coursework leading to certification.

*Please note that students in participating departments who are interested in certifying in Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health are invited to complete the certificate but are not typically eligible for program funding.


Spring Application