Master of Public Health Degree
The 60 credit hour Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Environmental Health Sciences is aimed primarily at graduates in the natural and applied sciences. The MPH program is designed to prepare individuals to function in leadership positions in the environmental health sciences field. We emphasize on preparing students for careers in a wide range of organizations across local, regional, state, national, and international contexts who expect to go on to careers as practitioners and leaders in one or more of the fields of applied environmental and/or occupational health. In many cases, these individuals intend to achieve professional certifications.
The M.P.H. is offered in the following areas:
Environmental Health Promotion and Policy (EHPP)
The EHPP M.P.H. program provides 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.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.
Environmental Health Sciences (EHS)
The Environmental Health Sciences MPH provides a broad foundation in environmental and occupational health while also allowing you to specialize in a concentration 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 finds solutions to protect workers
- Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology - investigates patterns and causes of disease and injury across human populations
- Toxicology - explains how and why environmental exposures impact health
For all MPH Students
All M.P.H. students in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences are required to complete a 10-12 week (at least 320 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. Specific requirements for the internship are found in the EHS M.P.H. Internship Handbook.
Students admitted to an on-campus degree program at U-M can augment their studies by participating in a School of Public Health (SPH) certificate program. Besides SPH certificates, departments throughout the University provide certificate programs. Many of our students have pursued certificates in Science Technology and Public Policy (STPP), Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, and Environmental Justice Certificate.
EHS M.P.H. students can receive financial support from one or more of the following sources:
- Traineeships from the NIOSH ERC
- Grants/Scholarships the School of Public Health
- Teaching assistantships from EHS or other SPH departments
- Research assistantships from faculty research grants
- Traineeships from the NIOSH ERC
- Smaller scholarship awards from external organizations, such as the American Industrial Hygiene Foundations (AIHF), Chevron, and the 3M Corporation
Admitted EHS students are automatically considered for SPH Scholarships and support from the NIOSH ERC (U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents only). Teaching and research assistantships are determined by arrangement with faculty. Applications for the smaller scholarships depend on the sources; please inquire with the Graduate Program Coordinator
Typical undergraduate majors among applicants admitted to the EHS MPH in recent years include environmental sciences/studies, public health, industrial hygiene, biology, chemistry, biochemistry and engineering. However, prospective students with other undergraduate majors are welcome to apply. Undergraduate courses in organic chemistry, calculus and physics are recommended. A minimum of one undergraduate course in biology and one in chemistry are required to be considered for admission.
Applicants to the EHPP MPH must have one semester of biology.
Some deficiencies may be made up after admission to the program. Courses taken to fulfill basic deficiencies do not count toward fulfillment of the degree's course requirements. Please visit 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 also be found here.
Applications & Deadlines
Application instructions and deadlines for all U-M SPH Programs can be found on the SPH Admissions & Aid webpage.