MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health

The MPH in occupational and environmental health aims to prepare graduate level students for professional careers in environmental and occupational health. Students must have had a college algebra course and a college biology course. The graduates of the program will have a broad overview of the public health perspective on occupational and environmental health and will be ready to take a wide variety of jobs in that area. The program requires a minimum of 42 semester hours.

Graduates of the MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health
will be able to:

  1. Describe the principles of the practice of occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, ergonomics and occupational health management.
  2. Comprehend the use of statistical analyses to associate environmental and occupational health hazards with health outcomes.
  3. Comprehend the epidemiological principles needed to determine etiologic factors in human disease and the determinants of disease.
  4. Explain the current regulatory issues concerned with environmental and occupational health hazards.
  5. Explain the association between contemporary human health issues and the biological, chemical and physical factors of the natural environment and occupational settings that adversely affect health.
  6. Identify the sources, routes of entry, and effects of environmental toxicants.
  7. Analyze, critically review, and communicate the environmental and occupational factors that affect health.

Prerequisite

An undergraduate degree is required. The cumulative grade point average should be a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Although no specific major is required, prerequisite coursework includes one semester each of college algebra and biology.

MPH Core Courses (18 s.h.)

The following course work is required for all MPH students. Students are expected to earn ≥ B- (2.67) on each core course and must earn a ≥ B (3.0) cumulative grade point average on all core courses. When necessary, a student may repeat courses to achieve this standard.

Number Course Hours
CPH:4101 Intro to Public Health 3 s.h.
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics 3 s.h.
CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 s.h.
HMP:4000 Intro to the US Healthcare System 3 s.h.
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3 s.h.

Practicum Requirement (3 s.h.)

The experience from this course, including a final written report and a poster presentation, constitutes the final examination for the MPH.

Number Course Hours
CPH:7000 MPH Practicum Experience 3 s.h.

Pre-Requisite to MPH Practicum

Students must complete all of their MPH core courses and the majority of other MPH coursework prior to registering for the Practicum.

Required OEH Courses (13 s.h.)

Take both:

Number Course Hours
OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar 0-1 s.h.*
OEH:5620 Occupational Health 3 s.h.

*MPH students take the OEH seminar three times: twice for 0 s.h. and once for 1 s.h. If completing the MPH in a one-year course of study, the seminar will be taken two times: once for 0 s.h. and once for 1 s.h.

Take three of the following:

Number Course Hours
OEH:4260 Global Water and Health 3 s.h.
OEH:6510 Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology 3 s.h.
OEH:4510 Injury and Violence Prevention 3 s.h.
OEH:5410 Occupational Safety 3 s.h.
OEH:6110 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine 3 s.h.
OEH:5710 Environmental Toxicology 3 s.h.

Elective courses (8 s.h.)

Elective courses to obtain the total semester hours required for this degree can be chosen from any course offered by a department in the College of Public Health. Courses offered by departments in other colleges on this campus can be taken with approval by the advisor. Examples showing how elective courses can be combined with some of the required courses in a focused plan of study are below.

Examples of Grouped Elective Courses

The faculty of this department are engaged in teaching and research in a wide variety of subject areas within occupational and environmental health. Examples of grouped electives are provided in the tables below:

1. Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

Type Number Course Hours
Required OEH:6510 Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:6520 Injury Epidemiology 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:5530 Interpreting Occupational and Environmental Health Research 2 s.h.
Elective OEH:4260 Global Water and Health 3 s.h.
Elective EPID:6400 Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods 4 s.h.

 

2. Global Environmental Health

Type Number Course Hours
Required OEH:4260 Global Water and Health 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:4220 U.S. and Global Environmental Health Policy 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:4260 Global Water and Health 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:5710 Environmental Toxicology 3 s.h.

 

3. Injury and Violence Prevention

Type Number Course Hours
Required OEH:4510 Injury and Violence Prevention 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:6520 Injury Epidemiology 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:6530 Epidemiology of Occupational Injuries 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:4530 Global Road Safety 3 s.h.

4. Occupational Health

Type Number Course Hours
Required OEH:5410 Occupational Safety 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:4310 Occupational Ergonomics I 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:6420 Industrial Hygiene Fundamentals 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:6430 Assessing Physical Agent Hazards 3 s.h.

5. Rural Health and Safety

Type Number Course Hours
Required OEH:6110 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:6520 Injury Epidemiology 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:5410 Occupational Safety 3 s.h.
Elective OEH:6120 Topics in Agricultural and Rural Health 1 s.h.
Elective OEH:6420 Industrial Hygiene Fundamentals 3 s.h.

Summary of Requirements

Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
Practicum 3 s.h.
Required courses 13 s.h.
Elective courses 8 s.h.
Total 42 s.h.

 


Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on November 16, 2017.