M.P.H. with a Concentration in Environmental Health

Students in the Environmental Health concentration gain a broad perspective in the public health sciences and social sciences, and a fundamental education in the technical sciences with an emphasis on the protection and improvement of our environmental and public health. Students enrolled in the M.P.H. program are likely to be recent graduates of a biological science, environmental science or medicine undergraduate program; employees of county or state agencies; in a military education program; or involved in environmental health & safety management with a company. The motivation for an M.P.H. student to complete an advanced degree is to become an environmental scientist or manager; and increased competence as an environmental scientist or manager; or as pre-medical training or an opportunity to take and pass the US medical boards. Many M.P.H. students are now or will become community leaders, for example, as U.S. Armed Services or Public Health Service Officers; as State Health Officers; or as Agency or Laboratory Directors.


In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:

  • Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: biological, physical or chemical science; military science; engineering; nursing or medicine; environmental health and technology; environmental science and policy.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: introductory college-level algebra, chemistry, and biology (or related course); calculus and organic chemistry preferred.
  • Work experience: None required: two years experience in environmental health preferred.
  • International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must provide a minimum TOEFL score of 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (written test), taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry.