MS in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Master of Science (MS) in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences – Revised Curriculum for Fall 2019

The MS in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences program is designed for individuals seeking careers as environmental and/or occupational health professionals. While emphasizing the recognition, evaluation and control of environmental and occupational factors affecting health, the curriculum also includes consideration of economic, sociopolitical, and regulatory issues. In 2001 the program was accredited by the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) in Industrial Hygiene. The program is a member of the NIOSH supported Education and Research Center for the New York and New Jersey area which offers fellowships to academically qualified individuals wishing to study industrial hygiene.

The M.S. in industrial hygiene is an ABET accredited program funded through the NIOSH ERCs. Students admitted into the M.S. degree program are eligible for at least 24 credits of tuition reimbursement. Admission criteria for the M.S. degree include a baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0., and a minimum GRE score of 150 for quantitative and verbal reasoning.  Considerations will be given to promising applicants that our currently working in the field. All applicants must have completed at least 40 credit hours in the following courses: biology, chemistry, health sciences, mathematics, statistics, physics, or engineering prior to admission.

 

Admissions Information:

Admission Requirements for all MS concentrations
  • 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
  • GRE or MCAT scores. Click here for information on how to submit scores.
  • Applicants with a 3.0 GPA or above may waive the standardized test requirement.
  • Applicants who have a post graduate degree from a U.S. accredited school or a post graduate degree in clinical or allied health that WES or ECE has deemed equivalent to its US counterpart may request a standardized test waiver. Please be advised that waivers are granted on a case by case basis.
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
Fall Semester:  
March 1, 2019

 

Curriculum

Foundational Knowledge (0 credits) PUBH 601 Foundations of Public Health Knowledge*
Core Coursework (6 credits) PUBH 613 Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research
PUBH 614 Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research
Required Coursework (21 credits) EOHS 622 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
EOHS 623 Principles of Industrial Hygiene
EOHS 626 Industrial Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality
EOHS 627 Noise and Radiation Hazards and Controls
EOHS 633 Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health
EOHS 625 Hazard Evaluation and Instrumentation
EOHS 643 Industrial Safety and Management
Elective Coursework (9 credits) Three (3) electives chosen in consultation with faculty advisor
Culminating Experience (3 credits) PUBH 698 Capstone Project
Total Credits Required 39

*PUBH 601 must be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CEPH-accredited college will be waived from this requirement.

Core Competencies:

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Apply concepts from relevant scientific disciplines, such as toxicology and physiology, to anticipate effects of environmental, occupational and nutritional exposures on both human health and overall planetary health
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice

Concentration Competencies:

  • Identify agents, factors, and stressors generated by and/or associated with defined sources, unit operations, and/or processes
  • Describe qualitative and quantitative aspects of generation of agents, factors, and stressors
  • Understand physiological and/or toxicological interactions of physical, chemical, biological, and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors with the human body
  • Assess qualitative and quantitative aspects of exposure assessment, dose-response, and risk characterization based on applicable pathways and modes of entry
  • Calculate, interpret, and apply statistical and epidemiological data
  • Recommend and evaluate engineering, administrative, and personal protective equipment controls and/or other interventions to reduce or eliminate hazards
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applicable business and managerial practices
  • Interpret and apply applicable occupational and environmental regulations
  • Understand fundamental aspects of safety and environmental health
  • Attain recognized professional certification
For students beginning their program during the fall semester:
Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall PUBH 601: Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
EOHS 633: Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health 3
EOHS 623: Principles of Industrial Hygiene 3
Elective I 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
EOHS 622: Environmental and Occupational Toxicology 3
EOHS 626: Industrial Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality 3
Year 2 Fall EOHS 625: Hazard Evaluation and Instrumentation 3
EOHS 627: Noise and Radiation Hazards and Controls 3
EOHS 643: Industrial Safety and Management 3
Year 2 Spring PUBH 698: Capstone Project 3
Elective II 3
Elective III 3
For students beginning their program during the spring semester:
Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Spring PUBH 601: Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
EOHS 622: Environmental and Occupational Toxicology 3
Elective I 3
Year 1 Fall PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
EOHS 633: Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health 3
EOHS 627: Noise and Radiation Hazards and Controls 3
EOHS 623: Principles of Industrial Hygiene 3
Year 2 Spring EOHS 626: Industrial Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality 3
Elective II 3
Elective III 3
Year 2 Fall PUBH 698: Capstone Project 3
EOHS 625: Hazard Evaluation and Instrumentation 3
EOHS 643: Industrial Safety and Management 3

*PUBH 601 must be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CEPH-accredited college will be waived from this requirement.