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CUNY SPH Awarded Grant for Environmental and Occupational Health Scholarships

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) was awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant from the New York Community Trust to provide 10 scholarships annually of $8,750 to aspiring women or minority graduate students who intend to pursue the Master of Science program in environmental and occupational health.

The Master’s Degree in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (Industrial Hygiene) at CUNY SPH educates public health professionals to recognize, evaluate, and control occupational hazards to reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses. Upon completion of the degree, students have the requisite skills and experience to anticipate and recognize chemical, biological, safety, and physical hazards as well as methods for quantifying human exposure, utilize controls to reduce or eliminate occupational exposures, apply toxicological principles to anticipate adverse health outcomes, and interpret and apply applicable regulations.

Through these scholarships, CUNY SPH seeks to infuse the rapidly growing industrial hygiene field with a group of diverse and talented CUNY-educated professionals. To promote exposure to the field of industrial hygiene, students will engage in a variety of opportunities including attendance at industry conferences, on-site training and experiential learning and mentorship with Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) professionals, doctoral students, and faculty.

“We are deeply grateful to the New York Community Trust for their generosity and vision in awarding this special scholarship funding,” said CUNY SPH dean, Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes. “It is a central aim of our school to train New Yorkers to help improve population health for everyone in this city. Moreover, the goal of bringing a more diverse cohort into the field of industrial hygiene is one that speaks to our dedication to social equity, and to CUNY’s broader commitment to educational excellence for all.”

The first 10 scholarships will be awarded to students entering the program for the fall 2019 semester. Eligible applicants are restricted to women or members of ethnic and racial minority groups including (but not limited to) African American or of African descent, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Pacific Islander, Asian or South East Asian. To qualify, applicants must be accepted to the Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences master’s program and demonstrate permanent residency in New York City. Awardees are expected to attend full-time and complete the degree in two years.

For more information on the MS in environmental and occupational health sciences, prospective students can visit the program page.

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is committed to teaching, research and service that creates a healthier New York City and helps promote equitable, efficient and evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems facing cities around the world. For more information, visit

The New York Community Trust is a grant-making foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City and its suburbs. The Trust connects past, present and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all.