Description

Graduates will apply scientific methods to understand and solveenvironmental challenges to human health; as well as methods to improve environmental sustainability and environmental justice.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least 1 should be an academic reference)
  • CV/Resume indicating at least three years of prior relevant teaching, research or programmatic work experience.
  • A personal statement (up to 1500 words)
  • Completion of a Masters of Public Health degree. Applicants with a Masters or higher level degree in another discipline will need to take five core Masters level public health courses. If accepted to the DPH program, three courses must be completed prior to enrollment and the remaining two within the first year of matriculation: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Environmental Health; Social and Behavioral Health and; Health Policy and Management.
  • TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation – for all applicants with international transcripts. Must be from World Education Services (WES)


Additional Concentration Requirements
:
At least three courses in either occupational health and safety or environmental sciences; plus one course in health law or policy related to the environment, the workplace, or sustainability.

Application Deadline:  December 15

Competencies

  • Assess and analyze the influence of infrastructure (e.g., transportation, water supply/waste disposal systems and the built environment), global influences (e.g. climate change, energy use), and macro-social trends (e.g., affecting labor practices, immigration, and regulatory oversight) in creating or mitigating environmental and occupational health hazards.
  • Identify and quantify the toxicological, physical, behavioral and susceptibility factors contributing to environmentally and occupationally-related illness and anticipate how these factors interact within the environment
  • Design research to identify, monitor, evaluate, or ameliorate occupational environmental hazards and/or their health effects using the appropriate methods and tools, which may include epidemiology, GIS mapping and spatial analysis, contaminant analysis, and developing community partnerships
  • Critically analyze environmental health risks within the current scientific, political, economic, social, cultural and regulatory contexts and use this analysis to develop management strategies that incorporate public participation, sustainable development, environmental justice and cumulative and competing hazards
  • Plan, direct, implement and evaluate occupational and environmental health programs appropriate for a variety of contexts including educational, government, and advocacy settings
  • Explain the impact of occupational and environmental hazards in a manner appropriate for the target audience including students, professionals, community, and advocacy
  • Demonstrate the leadership and teamwork skills appropriate for working with students, communities, organizations, health professionals and regulators in developing strategies for controlling occupational and environmental hazards

 

Curriculum

Core Courses (18 credits) PUBH 810 Cities, Society, and Health
PUBH 812 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Health Research
PUBH 811 Quantitative Research Methods with Applications to Urban Health
PUBH 813 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health
PUBH 814 Leadership & Organizational Change Seminar
EPID 820 Epidemiologic Methods I
Concentration Courses (21 credits) EOHS 820 Emerging Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health
EOHS 821 Environmental and Occupational Health Risk Assessment, Management and Communication in Urban Settings
One (1) urban environment course
Four (4) advanced research methods or track-specific practice courses, one of which must be from a Graduate Center program outside of Public Health (DPH courses that are cross-listed with another program can count toward this requirement)
Practice Experience (3 credits) PUBH 896 Practicum Project
Examinations Students in all cohorts and all tracks take two examinations to test their mastery of the curriculum. Students must apply in advance to take each exam and students must be in good academic standing to apply. The First Exam is given after students have completed core coursework. Students work on the Second Exam after all required coursework has been completed except PUBH 816 and the dissertation (PUBH 900 & PUBH 898). Students cannot take PUBH 816 or begin their dissertation research until they have passed this exam.
Seminars (6 credits) PUBH 815 Advanced Research Seminar I
PUBH 816 Advanced Research Seminar II
PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar
Culminating Experience (0 credits) PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision
Total Required Credits 48

 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall PUBH 810 Cities, Society, and Health 3
PUBH 811 Quantitative Research Methods with Applications to Urban Health 3
EPID 820 Epidemiologic Methods I 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 812 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Health Research 3
PUBH 813 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health 3
Urban Environmental Selective 3
EOHS 820 Emerging Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health 3
Year 1 Summer The First Exam 0
Year 2 Fall EOHS 821 Environmental and Occupational Health Risk Assessment, Management and Communication in Urban Settings 3
PUBH 814 Leadership & Organizational Change Seminar 3
PUBH 815 Advanced Research Seminar I 3
Track Selective I 3
Year 2 Spring Track Selective II 3
Track Selective III 3
Track Selective IV 3
Year 3 Fall PUBH 896 Practicum Project (Summer optional) 3
The Second Exam 0
Year 3 Spring PUBH 816 Advanced Research Seminar II 3
Year 4 Fall PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar 0
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 4 Spring PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar 0
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Fall PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar 0
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Spring PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar 0
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0