MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health

The MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) focuses on understanding how to identify, prevent, and control environmental factors that can harm human health. The MPH in OEH curriculum addresses the interrelationship between human health and the environment, but also allows students to tailor coursework to their interests in Global Environmental Health, Rural Health & Safety, Injury and Violence Prevention, Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology, or Occupational Health.

An MPH in occupational and environmental heath qualifies you to develop, direct, and coordinate public health programs that help people and communities live better, safer lives. Our graduates get great jobs in local, state, national, and international public health agencies; industry; consulting firms; private organizations; and academic institutions.

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

  • Describe the principles of the practice of occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, ergonomics and occupational health management.
  • Comprehend the use of statistical analyses to associate environmental and occupational health hazards with health outcomes.
  • Comprehend the epidemiological principles needed to determine etiologic factors in human disease and the determinants of disease.
  • Explain the current regulatory issues concerned with environmental and occupational health hazards.
  • 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.
  • Identify the sources, routes of entry, and effects of environmental toxicants.
  • Analyze, critically review, and communicate the environmental and occupational factors that affect health.

Examples of careers include:

  • Environmental Health Sanitarian
  • Blue Zones Senior Program Manager
  • Environmental Health Program Manager
  • Workplace Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator
  • Occupational Injury Surveillance Coordinator/Epidemiologist

A typical student completes the MPH in two years. This following is a sample plan of study based on a full-time student starting in the Fall. Please work with your advisor to choose a plan that works best for you.


Sample Plan of Study for MPH degree in Occupational and Environmental Health
Course # Course name Hours
Fall 1 12 s.h.
CPH:5100 Intro to Public Health 3 s.h.
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 s.h.
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3 s.h.
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics 3 s.h.
OEH:5010 OEH Seminar 0 s.h.
Spring 1 12 s.h.
HMP:4000 Intro to the US Healthcare System 3 s.h.
CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
OEH: ### OEH Required 3 s.h.
OEH: ### OEH Required 3 s.h.
OEH:5010 OEH Seminar 0 s.h.
Fall 2 9 s.h.
OEH:5620 Occupational Health 3 s.h.
OEH: ### OEH Required 3 s.h.
OEH: ### OEH Elective 3 s.h.
CPH:5203 Interprofessional Education & Practice for MPH Students 0 s.h.
Spring 2 10 s.h.
OEH: ### OEH Elective 3 s.h.
OEH: ### OEH Elective 3 s.h.
OEH:5010 OEH Seminar  1 s.h.
CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience 1 s.h.
CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
MPH degree total 42-43 s.h.
Work with your advisor to select electives.


OEH Required
Course No. Course Name Hours
Pick 3
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:6710 Environmental Toxicology 3 s.h.
Courses not picked can also be used as electives.


Summary of Requirements 
Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
OEH Required 13 s.h.
OEH Electives 8-9 s.h.
Interprofessional Education & Practice 0 s.h.
Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
MPH Capstone 1 s.h.
Total 42-43 s.h.