MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

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The MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences prepares students to recognize, analyze, and control environmental and occupational threats to health. Students gain the scientific framework and technical skills to assess and measure exposures to environmental and occupational hazards, examine the relationships between exposures and health outcomes in built, natural, and social contexts, and to develop control strategies to remediate these exposures.

Students can select one of the following four focus areas, or create their own plan in consultation with their academic advisor:

  1. Climate change and health preparedness
  2. Environmental and occupational epidemiology
  3. Geospatial environmental health
  4. Occupational health and safety

Graduates work in local, state and federal environmental and occupational health agencies, labor unions, consulting firms, health and safety programs and businesses.

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

Admission Requirements

  • 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 (recommended length is 500 words)
  • Background in the field: paid or volunteer experience in public health or related field
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation from WES or ECE for foreign transcripts.
  • At least 18 credits of college-level science and math, including a course in statistics or calculus. Some chemistry and biology strongly recommended.

Deadline to Apply

  • Spring 2023: December 1, 2022 (November 1, 2022 for international students seeking an F-1 student visa)
  • Fall 2023: March 1, 2023 (March 1, 2023 for international students seeking an F-1 student visa)

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

Foundational Knowledge (0 credits) PUBH 601 Foundations of Public Health Knowledge*
Core Coursework (15 credits) PUBH 610 Public Health Leadership & Management
PUBH 611 Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy
PUBH 612 Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
PUBH 613 Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research
PUBH 614 Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research
Required Coursework (15 credits) EOHS 633 Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health
EOHS 630 Principles of GISc
EOHS 634 Exposure and Risk Assessment
EOHS 621 Environmental Chemistry
EOHS 622 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
Elective Coursework (6 credits) Two (2) electives chosen in consultation with faculty advisor
Practice Experience (3 credits) PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork
Culminating Experience (3 credits) PUBH 698 Capstone Project
Total Credits Required 42

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

Climate Change and Health Preparedness

      • Climate Change and Population Health
      • Public Health Preparedness and Response

Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

      • Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (EOHS641)
      • Elective from Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department

Geospatial Environmental Health

      • Demography and Population Geography (EOHS 645)
      • Spatial Analysis and Environmental Modeling for Public Health (EOHS 631)

Occupational Health and Safety

    • Principles of Industrial Hygiene (EOHS 623)
    • Noise and radiation (EOHS 627)

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

Core Competencies:

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

  • Apply epidemiological methods to settings and situations in public health practice
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • 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


Public Health & Health Care Systems

  • Compare the organization, structure, and function of health care, public health, and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and systemic levels


Planning & Management to Promote Health

  • Assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design, implementation, or critique of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project, or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management (“Resource management” refers to stewardship (planning, monitoring, etc.) of resources throughout a project, not simply preparing a budget statement that projects what resources will be required.)
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs


Policy in Public Health

  • Discuss the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence (This competency refers to technical aspects of how public policies are created and adopted, including legislative and/or regulatory roles and processes, ethics in public policy making, and the role of evidence in creating policy.)
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social, or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations (This competency refers to the ability to influence policy and/or decision making, such as through stakeholder mobilization, educating policy makers, etc. Ability to argue in support of (or in opposition to) a position, as in a standard debate, is not sufficient. Students must produce a product that would be part of an advocacy campaign or effort (e.g., legislative testimony, fact sheets, advocacy strategy outline, etc.).)
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity


Leadership

  • Apply leadership and/or management principles to address a relevant issue (Such principles may include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration, and guiding decision making.)
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges (“Negotiation and mediation,” in this competency, refers to the set of skills needed when a common solution is required among parties with conflicting interests and/or different desired outcomes. Such skills extend beyond the level of negotiation required in a successful intra-group process; effective communication within a work group or team is more closely related to competency)


Communication

  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate (i.e., non-academic, non-peer audience) public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content


Interprofessional and/or Intersectoral Practice

  • Integrate perspectives from other sectors and/or professions to promote and advance population health (This competency requires direct engagement (in-person or online) between the student and an individual or individuals in a profession or sector other than public health; students must combine the external sector/profession’s perspective and/or knowledge with their own public health training to complete a task, solve a problem, etc.. Role-playing, in which public health students assume the identity of an individual from another profession or sector to which they do not already belong, is not an acceptable substitute for actual engagement with an individual or individuals from a profession or sector outside of public health.)
  • Apply a systems thinking tool to visually represent a public health issue in a format other than standard narrative (Systems thinking tools depict or map complex relationships, demonstrating, for example, how component parts of a system interact with and influence one another. Examples include causal loop diagrams, systems archetypes, network analyses, and concept maps. Logic models and evidence tables are not sufficient to address this competency.)


Systems Thinking

  • Apply a systems thinking tool to visually represent a public health issue in a format other than standard narrative (Systems thinking tools depict or map complex relationships, demonstrating, for example, how component parts of a system interact with and influence one another. Examples include causal loop diagrams, systems archetypes, network analyses, and concept maps. Logic models and evidence tables are not sufficient to address this competency.)


Environmental Sciences

  • 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
Concentration Competencies:
  • Identify major sources of exposure to environmental, occupational and safety hazards, the key routes of exposure and the specific pathways relevant to human health.
  • Characterize the risks to human health, physiological, psychological and social, from major environmental, occupational and safety hazards, such as the built environment, air pollution, metals, organic pollutants and microbial contaminants
  • Predict and evaluate health, safety and environmental risks from processes, work tasks, the built environment and other economic and/or social activities
  • Use existing regulatory and policy frameworks to recommend appropriate engineering, personal protection or administrative controls and/or policies to mitigate these hazards and evaluate their effectiveness
  • Identify and describe how environmental, occupational and safety hazards may be differentially distributed leading to health disparities

These sequences are recommended for full-time students. Part-time students are encouraged to meet with a staff advisor to map out an appropriate plan of study.

For students who began matriculating in Spring 2019 or earlier, please review the previous course sequence for the MPH 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
EOHS 633: Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health 3
EOHS 630: Principles of GISc 3
EOHS 621: Environmental Chemistry 3
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
PUBH 610: Public Health Leadership and Management 3
PUBH 611: Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3
EOHS 622: Environmental and Occupational Toxicology 3
Year 2 Fall PUBH 696: Supervised Fieldwork 3
PUBH 612: Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3
EOHS 634: Exposure and Risk Assessment 3
Year 2 Spring PUBH 698: Capstone Project 3
Elective I 3
Elective II 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 610: Public Health Leadership and Management 3
PUBH 611: Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
Year 1 Fall PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
EOHS 630: Principles of GISc 3
EOHS 621: Environmental Chemistry 3
EOHS 633: Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health 3
Year 2 Spring PUBH 696: Supervised Fieldwork 3
EOHS 622: Environmental and Occupational Toxicology 3
Elective I 3
Elective II 3
Year 2 Fall PUBH 698: Capstone Project 3
EOHS 634: Exposure and Risk Assessment 3
PUBH 612: Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3

*PUBH 601 should be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who have a CEPH-accredited undergraduate or graduate degree in public health are waived from this requirement.

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