View Bill 16-17-17

Senate Bill 16-17-17

Bill ID: 16-17-17
PCC ID: 16008
Name: PCC Proposal to Establish a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences
Proposed: 09/30/2016
Sponsor: PCC Committee
Proposal: The School of Public Health seeks to establish a Ph.D. program in Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health, administered by the faculty of the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH). The degree will focus on human health, environmental epidemiology, risk assessment, environmental justice, and occupational health, consistent with the areas of expertise of the MIAEH faculty. MIAEH currently offers students flexible and individualized programs of study that lead to the Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences. In 2010, MIAEH also became the UMD home of the USM-wide doctoral program in Ph.D. Toxicology. Because toxicology is the focus area of only a small minority of SPHL faculty, student recruitment has been challenging: students are reluctant to be perceived as toxicologists when they are training and developing research foci within other areas of environmental health science. Thus, in order to better support the training of doctoral students and provide a better alignment of career aspirations with faculty expertise, the School is proposing a new Ph.D. program better matched to the full range of research within MIAEH.


Status: Pending Approval
MHEC Approval: Awaiting approval
Presidential Approval: 11/04/2016
BOR Approval: 02/17/2017
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 10/26/2016
Decision Date: 11/02/2016
Decision: The Senate voted to approve the proposal.
Actions: The Senate reviewed the proposal at its 11/2/16 meeting and voted to approve the creation of a new Ph.D. program in Environmental Health.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 10/12/2016
Decision Date: 10/19/2016
Decision: The SEC voted to place the item on the November 2, 2016 Senate meeting agenda for consideration.
Actions: The SEC discussed the proposal at its 10/19/16 meeting and voted to forward the proposal to the Senate for review.
Next Step: Senate Review
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Reviewed By: Programs, Curricula, & Courses (PCC) Committee
Received: 09/30/2016
Decision Date: 10/07/2016
Decision: The PCC Committee voted to approve the proposal.
Actions: The PCC Committee considered this proposal at its meeting on October 7, 2016. The committee met with Steven Roth from the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health in the School of Public Health to discuss the proposal. After discussion, the PCC Committee voted unanimously to approve the proposal.
Next Step: SEC Review
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