MS in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

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

The MS in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences program 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.

*For students who began matriculating in Spring 2019 or earlier, please review the previous curriculum for the MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences here.

Admission Requirements
  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university; 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 40 credit hours in biology, chemistry, health sciences, mathematics, statistics, physics, or engineering completed prior to admission
Deadline to Apply We are currently accepting applications from students who wish to begin matriculating in Fall 2019.

For students who began matriculating in Spring 2019 or earlier, please review the previous curriculum for the MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences here.

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

*Students who have an undergraduate or graduate degree in public health from a CEPH-accredited institution are waived from this requirement.

For students who began matriculating in Spring 2019 or earlier, please review the previous competencies for the MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences here.

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 who began matriculating in Spring 2019 or earlier, please review the previous course sequence for the MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences here.

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.

Enrollment
Year
Total Students
Fall 2016
22
Fall 2017
21
Fall 2018
24

 

Graduation Rates
Entering Cohort
% Graduated
Within 5 Years
Total
Fall 2011
75%
88%
Fall 2012
70%
70%
Fall 2013
71%
71%