Environmental Health Sciences

The Environmental Health Sciences MPH program will provide students with the public health background and skills to evaluate environmental and occupational health hazards.

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 Sciences program will work in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, and industry to meet present and future needs for environmental health scientists efforts necessary to improve public health by mitigating hazard exposure in communities and workplaces.

Applicants to the EHS MPH 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 and one course in chemistry. but no other specific undergraduate courses are required.  Applicants who select the Industrial Hygiene concentration must have coursework in all of the general sciences (biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and calculus).  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.

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Curriculum

Environmental Health Sciences MPH

  1. Summarize qualitative and quantitative aspects of exposure assessment based on hazard properties, applicable exposure pathways, and routes of exposure
  2. Evaluate toxicological effects associated with exposures and stressors, considering chemical properties and biological mechanisms
  3. Recognize adverse health consequences of common environmental and occupational exposures to chemical, physical, and biological hazards
  4. Recommend approaches to prevent and control environmental exposures that are risks to human health and safety
  5. Communicate environmental and occupational health findings in writing at a level consistent with peer-reviewed journals, including descriptions of design, results, and interpretation

Subplan: Industrial Hygiene (optional) - ABET Accredited

  1. Identify and describe the qualitative and quantitative aspect of hazardous workplace agents, factors, and stressors associated with defined sources and/or processes
  2. Explain the physiological, toxicological, and/or biomechanical interactions of physical, chemical, biological, mechanical, and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors found in the workplace with the human body
  3. Assess qualitative, quantitative, and statistical aspects of workplace hazards and exposures, and consequent health risks based on applicable pathways and modes of action
  4. Recommend and evaluate engineering, administrative, and personal protective controls and/or other interventions to reduce or eliminate workplace hazards
  5. Describe the relevance of business and managerial practices to workplace health and safety
  6. Interpret and apply occupational and environmental regulations

School of Public Health Core Requirements

BIOSTAT 521 Applied Biostatistics, 3 credits
PUBHLTH 508 Social Determinants of Health, 1 credit
PUBHLTH 510 Communication Fundamentals, 1 credit
PUBHLTH 511 Nutrition and Public Health, 2 credits
PUBHLTH 512 Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health, 3 credits
PUBHLTH 513 Public Health Systems, Policy and Management, 3 credits
PUBHLTH 516, Leadership Skills for Interprofessional Practice, 1 credit

Environmental Health Sciences Core Requirements

EHS 510 Responsible Contract in Research and Scholarship (RCRS), 1 credit
EHS 576 Biological Hazards, 2 credits
EHS 602 Essentials of Toxicology, 3 credits
EHS 603 Occupational and Environmental Diseases, 3 credits
EHS 604 Professional Perspectives in Environmental Health, 2 credits
EHS 652 Evaluation of Chemical Hazards, 3 credits
EHS 653, Environmental Sampling & Analysis Lab, 3 credits
EHS 658 Physical Hazards, 2 credits
EHS 688 Professional Development in Environmental Health Sciences (Fall), 0.5 credits
EHS 688 Professional Development in Environmental Health Sciences (Winter), 0.5 credits
EHS 689 Professional Development in Environmental Health Sciences II (0.5 cr)

Industrial Hygiene Concentration (OPTIONAL) - ABET accredited

EHS 556 Occupational Ergonomics, 2 credits
EHS 651 Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Program Management, 2 credits
EHS 654 Control of Exposures to Airborne Contaminants, 3 credits
EHS 668 Professional Seminars in Occupational Health, 1 credit
EHS 757 Occupational Health Aspects of Industrial Processes, 2 credits
IOE 539 Occupational Sfaety Engineering, 3 credits

Internship (minimum of 318 hrs)

All MPH students in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences are required to complete a 10-12 week (at least 318 hours) internship between their first and second years of study. The primary purpose of the internship is to help students learn how to apply theory and principles to work situations and to develop and expand professional skills and competencies essential to these tasks. It is intended to help students explore areas of interest and affords the opportunity to become acquainted with agencies and organizations commonly engaged in the environmental health sciences.

Sample curriculum
Year 1 - Fall Term (September - December) Credit Hours
Credits 15.5
BIOSTAT 521 - Applied Biostatistics 3
EHS 510 - Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship 1
EHS 652 - Evaluation of Chemical Hazards 3
Select one of the following:
       EHS 658 - Physical Hazards
       PUBHTLH 507 Social Determinants of Health and Heatlh Communication
2
EHS 602 - Essentials of Toxicology 3
EHS 687 - Professional Development in Environmental Health Sciences 0.5
PUBHLth 512 Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health 3
Year 1 - Winter Term (January - April) Credit Hours
Credits 14.5
EHS 576 - Biological Hazards 2
EHS 603 - Occupational and Environmental Diseases 3
EHS 688 Professional Development in EHS 0.5
Selection one of the following:
     EHS 576 Biological Agents
     PUBHLTH 511 Nutritional Aspects Program Planning and Evaluation
2
Selection one of the following:
       EHS 653 Environmental Sampling and Analysis Laboratory
      PUBHLTH 513 Public Health Systems, Policy and Management
3
Select one of the following:
     BIOSTAT 502 Application of Regression Analysis to Public Health Studies
     BIOSTAT 522 Biostatisticsal Analysis for Health
     EHS 655 Human Exposure Analysis
     EHS 674 Environmental and Health Risk Modeling
3
Internship (May-August) (minimum of 318 hrs)
Year 2 - Fall Term (September - December) Credit Hours
Credits 14.5
EHS 604 - Professional Perspectives in Environmental Health 2
EHS 689 Professional Development in Environmental Health Sciences II 0.5
Select one of the following:
       EHS 658 - Physical Hazards
       PUBHTLH 507 Social Determinants of Health and Health Communication
2
Electives 10
Year 2 - Winter Term (January - April) Credit Hours
Credits 15
Selection one of the following:
       EHS 576 Biological Agents
       PUBHLTH 511 Nutritional Aspects Program Planning and Evaluation
2
Selection one of the following:
     EHS 653 Environmental Sampling and Analysis Laboratory
    PUBHLTH 513 Public Health Systems, Policy and Management
3
PUBLTH 516 Leadership Skills for Interprofessional Practice 1
Electives 9