Master in Environmental Metrology & Policy Program – for the Betterment of the World
"A healthy environment is the foundation of human life". Unfortunately, exposures to chemicals, particularly anthropogenic ones, some of which can be highly harzardous, are an inevitable part of modern human life and occur as frequent as breathing air. Yet, You can only prevent hazardous exposures that you can measure. The former (prevention) has to do with environmental policymaking and the latter (measurement) with environmental metrology (science of measurements), which is what the Environmental Metroloy and Policy (EMAP) program at Georgetown is all about: it is only through evidence-based sound policymaking and its sustainable implementation that the society can ensure a healthy environment in which we live. As such, Georgetown University, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) join force together to offer a unqiue interdisciplinary graduate program in EMAP that aims to educate and train the next generations of leaders and practitioners with symbiotic skill sets as conscientious, dedicated and skillful environment stewards who will also command a well-remunerated professional career. The EMAP currently offers the degree of Master of Science in EMAP, with an after-work course schedule that provides students the option of pursuing the degree while still work full time (US students) or part time (international students). The greater Washington DC area offers plenty of opportunities for the latter. A combined EMAP-MS/Chemistry PhD track is being finalized and will become available in Fall 2018 for enrolled EMAP students.
The EMAP graduates will have one of the broadest professional spaces in which to develop a rewarding career of great and lasting societal impacts for the betterment of the world: More than 140 millions synthetic or naturally occurring chemicals are currently known to mankind and this number is increasing exponentially. Among them, about 85,000 have either been or are currently used in commerce. More importantly, the chemicals in air we breathe, in water we drink, in food we eat, in materials we use, and in soil we stand, which are invisible to human most time, define the very quality of environment in which we live. Even for those chemicals that are no longer in production or use, their environmental and human health impacts can linger for generations. As such, how to ensure that we can have a healthy environment to live is a daunting and pressing contemporary challenge in every country of the world as the majority of the chemicals in use still lack adequate risk assessment data. The environmental stakes involved are high and reach every corner of human life, as well illustrated in Rachel Carson's classic Silent Spring, or highlighted by the currently widely-spread health concerns of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). As such, environmental research and advocacies, environmental policy development, environmental monitoring and management, food safety assessment and management, environmental health and safety assessment, and chemicals management and products stewardship etc. are the suitable areas of career paths that will offer rich job opportunities to the EMAP graduates, in both the public and private sectors – government agencies (at all levels) and NGOs, research and academic institutions and corporate entities. The new Environmental Health Matters Initiative jointly by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine attests the broad societal scope of the EMAP program.
This program offers rigorous learning in environmental measurements science (metrology) & policy making on how to reliably identify and quantify toxic and hazardous chemicals, assess their impact to human health and ecological risks, and apply the best available scientific data so obtained to environmental policy making. It focuses on the education and professional training of future generations of leaders and practitioners in the environmental world using measurements science to provide reliable data for developing best environmental policy or laws for the betterment of the world. Scholarships are available for qualified students whose qualification will be assessed upon their completion of the application and be informed of it thereafter.