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MSPH with a Concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health

MSPH 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 of Science of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health offers students a broad perspective of the foundational public health sciences while also providing in-depth technical science education relevant to the impacts of environment and occupation on human health and well-being. The development of quantitative research skills and an understanding of how to interpret and present research results are important aspects of the concentration. Our students typically have bachelor’s degrees in the natural sciences, engineering, or are graduates of a medical program; admitted students are expected to have completed fundamental coursework in the technical sciences and to have performed well in undergraduate classes 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 EOH 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 MSPH program with a concentration in EOH concentration complete a thesis in which they apply evidence-based research methods involving mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics to evaluate a current environmental and occupational health issue. This typically involved performing laboratory-based or community-based research in a university research group. Students also have opportunities to participate in a variety of other experiential learning activities through numerous college programs.

  • 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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