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Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program
Professor Kuhn, Director of Graduate Studies
This is an admitting program.
A certificate is also available in this program.
The Duke University Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP) provides students
with the theoretical and practical bases for research and teaching in toxicology. This interdepartmental program
brings together graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members from a variety of scientific disciplines
to address toxicological and associated environmental health problems from their molecular basis to clinical and
environmental consequences. The ITEHP includes participation of faculty members from the Departments of
Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Neurobiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and the Nicholas School of the
Environment and Earth Sciences including the Duke Marine Laboratory. Among the principal areas of concentration
in the program are neurotoxicology and neurological disease, epigenetics, genetic toxicology, cancer, developmental
toxicology and children’s health, environmental exposure and toxicology, and pulmonary toxicology and disease.
Duke faculty members have a variety of collaborative research efforts and student rotations are available with
scientists at the nearby laboratories of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the CIIT
Centers for Health Research, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Application to the program can be made in two ways. If your primary interest is Toxicology,
then you may apply for admission directly through the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental
Health Program, indicating "Toxicology" as your primary admitting unit on the standard
graduate school application. Students admitted directly into the Integrated Toxicology and
Environmental Health Program affiliate with a department depending upon their choice of
research mentor. Students with a primary interest in a departmentally based field may also apply
to the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program by indicating "Toxicology" as
the secondary field on the graduate school application. The primary field should indicate the
specific graduate department in Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine, or the Nicholas
School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. There is no difference in the eventual degree
granted through either mechanism; both routes result in a PhD granted by a specific department,
with certification in Toxicology. It is expected that most students will have a strong
undergraduate preparation in mathematics and the physical and biological sciences with
demonstrated excellence of performance as judged by grades in coursework and letters of
recommendation from former instructors. Each student in the program will take a series of
courses in toxicology and environmental health as well as courses specified by his or her
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department. A student will be expected to choose a dissertation advisor in his or her department
at least by the end of the first two semesters in the program and will normally be expected to
begin dissertation research during the third semester in residence. Upon satisfactorily completing
all degree requirements in the program and in the department, students will be jointly
recommended for the PhD degree.
Students are offered admission to the program with fellowship support based on rank among all
applicants. Students may be awarded a Toxicology and Environmental Health fellowship or may
be accepted into the Toxicology and Environmental Health Program with support from
departmental funds. For each entering year, approximately four full fellowships (tuition, fees and
stipend) are awarded to Toxicology graduate school applicants. Please note that Toxicology and
Environmental Health fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Non-
U.S. citizens who are interested in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program
will need to apply and request funding directly through a participating department. Applicants
must have a bachelor’s degree with a strong foundation in mathematics and the biological and
physical sciences. Applicants must submit scores on the GRE general test, transcripts, and 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.
• Thesis advisor must be a member of the program.
• Two members of the student’s thesis committee (in addition to the advisor) must be members of the
• If admitted directly by ITEHP – complete three lab rotations in the first year of study, in two different
• If admitted through another PhD program – must follow the rotation rules of that program.
• Pharmacology 233: Essentials of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Drug Discovery.
• Pharmacology 254: Mammalian Toxicology; or Environment 212 Environmental Toxicology.
• Pharmacology 315 or Environment 315: Focused Topics in Toxicology.
• Pharmacology 333: Statistics for Basic Biomedical Scientists.
• Pharmacology 347-348: Seminar in Toxicology.
• Present a seminar on their dissertation work to the program, usually during the last year.
• Doctoral committee must be approved by the graduate school at least two months prior to preliminary
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