Environmental Health Promotion and Policy

EHPP venn diagramThe Environmental Health Promotion and Policy MPH program will provide students with the public health background and skills to evaluate environmental and occupational health risks and develop solutions based on health promotion and policy tools to reduce such risks.

Exposures to environmental and occupational stressors, as well as potential mitigation strategies, are studied through a combination of courses in environmental health sciences, health behavior and health education, natural resources and the environment, health management and policy, and public policy. The environmental and public health knowledge gained through the program will provide the basis for designing and promoting innovative solutions that manage adverse occupational and environmental exposures and promote human health.

Graduates of the Environmental Health Promotion and Policy program will work in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, and industry to meet present and future needs for environmental health policy and promotion efforts necessary to improve public health by mitigating hazard exposure in communities and workplaces. There is a growing need for individuals with the skill set provided by this degree given the increasing number and complexity of environmental health hazards facing people in the US and across the globe.

Applicants to this program have a variety backgrounds and interests and the department welcomes applicants from all undergraduate majors.  It is expected that the successful applicant will have at last one course in biology but no other specific undergraduate courses are required.  The department places greater emphasis on overall sound scholarship and promise of development than on the precise focus of the baccalaureate degree.  Specfiic admission requirements for the EHS MPH degree are found here.

Visit the EHS MPH degree site  and the Admissions & Aid section of the U-M SPH site for details on the application process and financial aid options. Additional information for international applicants can be found here.


The Environmental Health Promotion and Policy program provides the foundation for understanding and anticipating environmentally- and occupationally-related health impacts, the skills for using this knowledge and available policy and health promotion tools to improve human health, and an understanding of approaches to evaluating the success or failure of environmental health interventions.


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For answers to questions about the Environmental Health Promotion and Policy program, please contact
Sue Crawford
Graduate Program Coordinator

Professor Rick Neitzel
Environmental Health Promotion and Policy Director