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Master's degree in biology health: health and environment

The Master explores the interaction between human health and the environment, the risks related to environmental factors and exposure and toxicology.

Access to training

The Master's degree in Health Biology Research is intended for students in the scientific and health fields.

See the application conditions and the administrative registration procedure.

Objectives of the training

The objective of this speciality is to respond to environmental health issues and to identify environmental risks in order to structure their evaluation and prevention at the institutional level.

Environmental risks include passive exposures, behavioural risks and occupational exposures.

The Master's degree was created in response to a two-fold observation:

  • the impact of the environment on human health, as a result of changes in lifestyle in developed countries, the increase in human exposure to environmental pollutants and various toxic agents
  • human interactions with the environment to prevent exposures and improve the overall health of a population.

The Master's degree is part of the couple reproduction child environment and risks project (CREER) carried out by the A*Midex unit of excellence of the University of Aix Marseille (n° ANR-11-IDEX-0001-02).

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Santé et environnement [Description]


The master's programme firstly allows students to integrate a doctoral thesis in science.

In addition, this specialization allows direct integration into professional life, in professions that require toxicological risk assessment of environmental or occupational exposures (pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food industry Public agencies and institutes, control companies offering toxicological assessment of chemical products in response to the European REACH directive, research consultancies specializing in the regulation of chemical products, safety and prevention of occupational risks, etc.).

Students in the Health sector will be able to integrate environmental issues into their hospital-university activity. As well as gynaecologists, biologists, paediatricians, general practitioners and midwives who wish to get involved in the CREER Aix-Marseille University hospital project.

Lessons Learned Program

  • Master 1 - General programme of courses
  • Master 2 - General programme of courses
  • Semester 1 - List of teachings

    Common core:

    • Introduction to major human pathologies
    • Ethics and Biomedical Research
    • Metabolic diseases with vascular risk: molecular approach
    • General Microbiology
    • Basics of medical and molecular genetics
    • Molecular bases of biotherapies
    • Health and Environment
    • Healthy Biostatistics
    • Research and Communication Methodology in English
    • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Semester 2 - List of courses and internships

    Compulsory teaching units :

    • Basics of genetic counselling, risk calculation
    • Genomic Medicine and Bioinformatics
    • Prenatal Diagnosis 1: Basics
    • Oncogenetics
    • Basics of psychology
    • Pathology

    Choice of optional modules :

    • Ethics and Scientific Integrity
    • Molecular Biology: Molecular Mechanism in Physiopathology
    • Human Molecular and Medical Genetics in depth
    • Pathophysiology of infectious diseases
    • Bio evolution
    • Vascular pathologies
    • Thrombotic diseases
    • Bases of oncogenesis
    • Genome Instability, Inflammation and Cancer: The Basics
    • Tumor microenvironment
    • Stem cells and cancer
    • Fertility, infertility and fertility preservation
    • Introduction to animal models
    • Clinical research and simulation
    • Gene, metabolism and nutrition

    Internship in Genetic Service (5 weeks) (6 ECTS)
    Introduction to pathology (3 weeks) (3 ECTS)

  • Semester 3 - List of teachings

    Compulsory teaching units (core curriculum) :

    • Host Response
    • Transversal genomics
    • Bibliographic project

    Specific and optional teaching units :

    • Respiratory diseases: environment-related thoracic and pulmonary disorders and mechanisms of dyoxia of pulmonary origin, public health impact
    • Bio-toxicology
    • Scientific communication
    • Environment and human physiopathology
  • Semester 4 - Internship

    • Internship in a professional environment

Contact for training managers

Persons in charge of the biology and health field

Professor Pierre MORANGE

Professor Christophe DUBOIS
Tel : 04 91 32 46 80
Address: Inserm URM-S-1076, Faculty of Pharmacy

Head of Health and Environment Specialty

Professor Blandine COURBIERE
Email: - secretariat:
Tel : 04 91 32 43 70
Address: Biomarkers Team, Environment, Health (BES), IMBE UMR 7263
27 Bd Jean Moulin - 13385 Marseille Cedex 05

Professor Régis GUIEU
Address: 27 Bd Jean Moulin - 13385 Marseille Cedex 05