Master of Public Health Degree
The 60 credit hour Master of Public Health (MPH) 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 MPH is offered in the following areas:
The EHPP MPH 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.
The Environmental Health Sciences M.P.H. 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
EHS MPH 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 and/or department. Applications for the smaller scholarships depend on the sources.
Typical undergraduate majors among applicants admitted to the 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.
- Applicants to the EHPP MPH must have a minimum of one undergraduate course in biology.
- Applicants to the EHS MPH must have a minimum of one undergraduate course in biology and one in chemistry.
- Applicants to the EHS MPH Industrial Hygiene Concentration must have a minimum of oneundergraduate course in each of the following: (1) general biolology, (2) general chemistry, (3) organic chemistry, (4) general physics and (5) calculus)
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.
Applications & Deadlines
Application instructions and deadlines for all U-M SPH Programs can be found on the SPH Admissions & Aid webpage.