MS in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

MS in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

This degree prepares students to assess and measure exposures to environmental and occupational hazards and to develop control strategies to remediate these exposures. It offers courses that develop the scientific framework and technical skills needed to achieve these objectives. Its graduates work as inspectors, health and safety specialists and industrial hygienists for government agencies, institutions, consulting firms and businesses.

 

Admissions Information:

Admission Requirements for all MS specializations
  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA (overall and major) of at least 3.0 preferred
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose (at least 500 words)
  • Background in the field: at least one year of experience in public health or related field
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation, also known as evaluations – for your application to be deemed complete, SOPHAS requires 3 evaluations.
  • TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation from WES or ECE for foreign transcripts
  • The GRE is waived for applicants with a 3.0 GPA or above
Additional Admission Requirements
  • A baccalaureate degree in science or engineering
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • 40 credit hours in biology, chemistry, health sciences, mathematics, statistics, physics, or engineering completed prior to admission
Apply All degree-seeking students must complete the SOPHAS application.

DEADLINES
Spring Semester:  Deadline extended to January 1, 2019
Fall Semester:  
Students applying for Fall 2019, please see our revised curriculum

 

Competencies

  • Learn about common industrial processes, operations and manufacturing techniques found in the US
  • Study and assess occupational and environmental hazard notification systems such as MSDS and transportation placards
  • Develop ability to identify, describe qualitatively, and quantify agents, factors, and stressors generated by and/or associated with defined sources, unit operations, and/or processes
  • Learn about physiological and/or toxic interactions of physical, chemical, biological, and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors with the human body
  • Develop an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative aspects of exposure assessment, dose-response, and risk characterization based on applicable pathways and modes of entry
  • Learn the principles of operation, calibration, and methodology for using basic sampling instrumentation to detect chemical and physical agents in the work environment
  • Learn to identify and apply appropriate standard sampling and analytical methods such as those developed by NIOSH, OSHA, and EPA
  • Study the operation and use of various environmental labs including types of analysis, typical costs, sample submittal processes, quality assurance/quality control programs, and laboratory accreditation procedures
  • Learn to generate, review, interpret, and apply statistical and epidemiological data from published research
  • Learn the origin, scientific basis, interpretation, and application of various environmental and occupational exposure limits and be able to communicate that information to others
  • Become skilled at evaluatin, recommending, and putting into practice administrative and engineering controls and personal protective equipment to reduce or eliminate occupational hazards
  • Hone a combination of teamwork, business, and managerial skills to become active in the prudent development, implementation, and management of environmental and occupational hygiene-related programs
  • Become proficient at preparing technical summaries and reports using the most current technology for managing and presenting data and incorporating appropriate data and observations from the peer-reviewed environmental and occupational hygiene community
  • Develop an understanding of the roles of city, state, and federal government in promoting health and preventing disease
  • Learn the fundamental aspects of safety and environmental health
  • Develop an understanding of appropriate ethical practices in environmental and occupational hygiene
  • Develop a critical understanding of the multi-level problems important to delivery of environmental and occupational health services within a diverse urban community with various special needs and vulnerabilities and the history of those issues
  • Develop skills in diagnosing the strengths and problems of the urban environment and fostering programs to improve the health and welfare of the urban communities and to influence institutional and public policy with the aim of improving the health of the urban environment and its constituents
  • Acquire the knowledge needed to attain recognized professional certification
     

Curriculum

Core Coursework (15 credits) BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics
EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Social & Behavioral Health
HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management
Required Coursework (19 credits) EOHS 620 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health
EOHS 628 Environmental Measurements Laboratory
EOHS 622 Environment and Occupational Toxicology
EOHS 626 Industrial Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality
EOHS 623 Principles of Industrial Hygiene
EOHS 627 Noise and Radiation Hazards and Controls
Elective Coursework (6 credits) Two (2) electives chosen in consultation with academic advisor
Practice Experience (3 credits) PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork
Culminating Experience (3 credits) PUBH 698 Capstone Project

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits Required 46

 

Recommended Course Sequences

For students beginning their program during the fall semester:

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health 3
EOHS 620 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health 3
EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3
Year 1 Spring EOHS 622 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology 3
EOHS 623 Principles of Industrial Hygiene 3
Elective I 3
EOHS 626 Industrial Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality 3
Year 1 Summer PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork 3
Year 2 Fall HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management 3
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Social & Behavioral Health 3
EOHS 627 Noise and Radiation Hazards and Controls 3
Elective II 3
Year 2 Spring EOHS 628 Environmental Measurements Laboratory 4
PUBH 698 Capstone Project 3

 

For students beginning their program during the spring semester:

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Spring EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health 3
EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management 3
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Social & Behavioral Health 3
Year 1 Fall EOHS 620 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health 3
BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3
Elective I 3
Elective II 3
Year 2 Spring EOHS 622 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology 3
EOHS 623 Principles of Industrial Hygiene 3
EOHS 628 Environmental Measurements Laboratory 4
EOHS 626 Industrial Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality 3
Year 2 Summer PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork 3
Year 2 Fall EOHS 627 Noise and Radiation Hazards and Controls 3
PUBH 698 Capstone Project 3