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MPH with a Concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health

MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health


Environmental and Occupational Health is the study of how human health and welfare are impacted by the natural and engineered environmental systems in which people live and work. The field has a technical focus, applying fundamental knowledge from chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics, to the assessment, prevention, and control of population risks from chemical, physical and biological agents.  However, environmental and occupational health scientists also must recognize and incorporate the fundamental role of social context in the appropriate selection, design and implementation of interventions to improve population health.  Some topics of the field include air and water quality, waste handling, foodborne illness, environmental degradation, pest management, ecosystems, urbanization, climate and geochemistry, toxicity and toxins, exposure science, population dynamics and epidemiology, risk assessment, environmental justice, and environmental and occupational law.

The Master's of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health offers students a broad perspective of the foundational public health sciences while also advancing their knowledge of the sciences relevant to the impacts of environment and occupation on human health and well-being. Our students are likely to have bachelor’s degrees in the natural or environmental sciences, engineering, or be the graduate of a medical or nursing program;  admitted students are expected to have completed undergraduate coursework in college-level chemistry and mathematics.  Some students also have substantial experience in the environmental or occupational health fields prior to enrollment. 

  • Faculty in the Environmental and Occupational Health concentration have a variety of backgrounds aligned with their subspecialty of EOH, including chemistry, biology, toxicology, pharmacology, occupational health, industrial hygiene, nursing, medicine, engineering, epidemiology, statistics, mathematics, and law. College faculty members who teach classes and mentor students in the concentration include:

  • Students in the EOH concentration complete a large variety of experiential learning activities during their studies. These include field experiences of different types with local to international industrial partners and governmental agencies, including the Environmental Protection Commission, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Environmental Protection Agency. Some students also complete laboratory-based or community-based assistantships with a university research group.
  • 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- or post-medical training, or to qualify and prepare for professional certifications. Our graduates become managers of health, safety and the environment at large and small companies, advance in clinical health practice careers in nursing or medicine, or serve in community public health leadership positions—for example, serving as public health service officers in the U.S. Armed Forces, state health officers, agency leaders or laboratory directors.
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