Master of Public Health Program


Environmental and Occupational Health curriculum focuses on a combination of scientific, technical and regulatory aspects of public health that relate to the assessment and control of hazards such as physical, chemical and biological agents in non-occupational and occupational environments. (The hazardous agents addressed also include, but are not limited to, agents associated with terrorism.) The major focus is recognition, evaluation and control of human exposures resulting from contact with contaminated air, water, soil and food including emergency and disaster planning.

The Environmental and Occupational Health concentration expands students’ comprehension and skills to prepare them for work as professionals involved with development, implementation, delivery and management of applicable focused or broad scope environmental and occupational health and safety programs.

Environmental and Occupational Health concentration will have the following core competencies: 

  • Apply the fundamental and advanced principles of statistics, epidemiology, general environmental and occupational health science to real-world public health issues and problems.
  • Objectively and subjectively assess chemical, biological, and physical agents classified as hazardous to human health.
  • Critically analyze and interpret statistical, epidemiological, toxicological and communicable disease information for prevention and remediation program development and implementation.
  • Conduct fundamental sample collection of media contaminated with hazardous chemical, biological, and physical agents.
  • Collect and evaluate applicable information necessary to perform a risk assessment.
  • Make administrative decisions based on recommended measures to reduce or eliminate environmental and occupational health hazards.
  • Develop and present administrative, scientific, technical and/or regulatory reports. 

The Plan of Study outlines required courses and electives for this concentration and is filed within the first 12 semester credit hours of admission to the MPH degree.

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Last Updated: 5/8/24