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Online MPH - Health, Safety & Environment

This Online MPH degree program provides a strong foundation for students to advance their careers by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to address the complex and evolving regional, national and global challenges related to Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE). All courses in this program are offered online, and there is a required ten day capstone experience on campus in Tampa, Florida at the conclusion of coursework.

This program is intended to appeal to experienced working professionals anywhere in the world who seek to broaden their understanding of the interrelatedness of health, safety, and the environment. Instruction in the fundamentals of exposure assessment and analytical methods lays the groundwork for topics that include persistent issues of air and water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, worker safety, legal requirements, and effective management. The impact of health, safety and the environment topics is addressed from a global perspective, including both developed and less developed countries. Students have the opportunity to develop a major emphasis in an area of their choice.

Program Outline

Students work in consultation with faculty advisors to complete a program of study that best suits their primary interest and fits with their career goals. The required core courses address universal public health topics: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy and management, and social and behavioral health. The required concentration courses develop the student's mastery of the important aspects of health, safety and the environment. The electives allow a student to develop specialized knowledge in an area of interest. The field experience requirement typically is done in an area not directly related to the student's employment, and it promotes broader appreciation of the field through a synthesis of different systems. With the assistance of an advisor, the student must complete a special project of his or her own design. During the on-campus capstone event, students receive hands-on experience with equipment and laboratory methods and work in teams to develop solutions for real world problems.

The student may elect to attain the MPH degree either full or part time.

Opportunities

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that "...rapid changes in working life are affecting both the health of workers and the health of the environment in all countries of the world."*
*WHO/OCH/94.1

Following the key principles of public health training, the MPH graduate will be able to:

  • Provide leadership in a specific health specialty that is ethical, population focused, culturally appropriate and uses innovative approaches to solve pressing public health problems;
  • Demonstrate the application of public health skills and knowledge by completing a comprehensive special project;
  • Apply knowledge, practices and programs to improve the health and well being of all populations; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to improve the health of communities by working with others to solve pressing public health problems.

Program graduates will be qualified to serve in leadership roles in any of several areas:

  • Industry
  • Energy Production
  • Utilities
  • Consulting
  • Manufacturing
  • Government/Military
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs)

Graduates will have the skills to apply public health principles to businesses responsible both for the health and safety of their employees and guests and for protection of the environment. The emphasis is on employers in the United States and internationally. They will also be prepared to pursue doctoral studies in environmental health sciences.

Please view the Environmental Health academic program page to learn more about Environmental Health Employment & Salaries

Admission Requirements

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Click here to apply through SOPHAS.

Curriculum

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Program Cost

All in-state students will pay the approved USF tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year (click for details). The College of Public Health has established a special tuition rate for non-Florida residents of $525 per credit hour. All students are required to pay an additional $30 per credit off-campus fee for online COPH courses.

Contact

To learn more about the Online MPH in HSE please contact an Academic Advisor at (813) 974-8874 or advisor@health.usf.edu

Department contacts for each Online Program can be viewed on our Online Programs Department Contact page.

To learn more about the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Programs visit http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/eoh/index.htm