Admission

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: December 8, 2019

Application to the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP) may be completed in one of two ways:

(1) If your primary interest is Environmental Health, you may apply for admission directly to the Program by indicating Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health as your primary admitting unit on the standard Duke University Graduate School application.  Students who are admitted directly into the ITEHP program affiliate with a department depending upon their choice of research mentor; this is typically done in the second year.

(2) If your primary interest is in a departmentally-based field, you should apply to your primary program of interest through the standard Duke University Graduate School application while indicating your interest in ITEHP.  Indicate your primary admitting unit as the specific graduate department within the Duke University Schools of Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, or Environment.  Then, to indicate your interest in ITEHP, do both of the following:

  • Enter “ITEHP certificate” in the free text “Area of Interest” field of your Graduate School application.  You can find this field by clicking on the “Program Information” link at the left side of the screen when you’re in your official application.
  • Email the DGS and DGSA listed on our Contact Us page to indicate that you are interested in the ITEHP certificate. This step is an important notification for us so we can contact the relevant program and keep tabs on your progress upon admission.

There is no difference in the eventual degree granted through either mechanism; both routes result in a Ph.D. granted by a specific department, with certification in Toxicology.

Students are offered admission to the Program with fellowship support based on rank among all applicants.  Students may be awarded a Program fellowship (Option #1) or may be accepted into the Program via the certificate (Option #2), with support from Departmental funds.  For each entering year, approximately three (3) full fellowships (tuition, fees, and stipend) are awarded.  Please note that ITEHP fellowships are restricted to US Citizens or permanent residents only.  Non-US Citizens who are interested in the Program must apply via Option #2 through a participating department.

Applicants to the Program must have a bachelor’s degree with a strong foundation in the biological and physical sciences, and in mathematics.  Applicants must submit scores on the GRE general test, transcripts, and three (3) letters of recommendation.  It is expected that course work and research experience will vary among applicants but that the applicant’s academic credentials will be sufficient to ensure successful completion of the degree.

Accepted ITEHP students will rotate with three different labs during their first year.  The student should contact these faculty members ahead of time to ask IF they are taking students for rotations or, possibly, as a part of their lab.  Not all faculty listed on the ITEHP webpage will be taking new students. 


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