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MPH with a Concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health

Students in the MPH program who concentrate in Environmental and Occupational Health gain a broad perspective of the foundational public health sciences while also advancing their knowledge of the technical sciences and the impact of environment and occupation on human health and well-being. Students in this concentration will take courses that align to their area of interest, such as environmental health, air pollution, toxicology, occupational health and safety, and human-health risk assessment. Students enrolled in this concentration are likely to have a bachelor’s degree in a biological or environmental science or be the graduate of a medical program. They may be employees of county or state agencies; in a military education program; or involved in environmental health and safety management with a company. Our students generally are motivated to earn this advanced degree in order to become an environmental scientist or manager; to increase their competence as an environmental scientist or manager; to gain pre-medical training; or to qualify and prepare for professional certifications. Our graduates typically become managers of health, safety and the environment at large and small companies, or they may become community leaders–for example, serving in the U.S. Armed Services or as public health service officers, state health officers or agency or laboratory directors.