Programs and Degrees
The 60 credit-hour, two-year Master of Public Health (MPH) professional degree is aimed at students who plan to pursue careers as practitioners and leaders working to protect the public and the environment from the effects of hazardous occupational and environmental exposures. The defining feature of the MPH degree is the summer internship, typically in private industry, a governmental agency, or a community organization in the U.S. or abroad.
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.
The Environmental Health Sciences MPH provides a broad foundation in environmental and occupational health skills to evaluate environmental and occupational health risks and develop solutions based on environmental health science while also allowing you to specialize in a focus area as listed below:
- Environmental Quality, Sustainability and Health -- Looks at the chemical and biological interfaces of humans in their many environments and develop sustainable prevention measures.
- Exposure Science-Industrial Hygiene -- Examines exposure to harmful agents and find solutions to protect workers.
- Toxicology -- Explains how and why environmental exposures impact health.
- Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology -- Investigates patterns and causes of disease and injury across human populations. Although both EHS and Epidemiology department faculty are involved in training students in OEE, interested students will need to apply through the Epidemiology department.
The Environmental Health Sciences MPH degree program also offers a formalized concentration in Industrial Hygiene.
Graduates of the Environmental Health Sciences MPH program respond to the growing need for qualified professionals in both public and private sectors who have expertise in environmental and occupational health. When working in an environmental and occupational health field, you will be immersed in a perspective of how environment and actions heavily affect our daily health. These individuals find employment in a wide range of fields, including government (local, state and federal) ; industry (consulting and industry); the non-profit/non-government sector (community organizations, foundations and international programs), and academia for research and teaching.
The two-year Master of Science (MS) program is a four semester program aimed at students who plan to pursue scientific research rather than directed toward professional practice. It is a natural starting point for students interested in pursuing a PhD degree in public health or a related field, or a career in research. The emphasis is on building a strong foundation in environmental health sciences, along with research methods in a specialty field. MS students are required to complete a program of didactic coursework and to undertake original research culminating in a master's thesis.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree focuses on research and prepares you for a career in university-level teaching and research. A dissertation with original research is part of this degree.