Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (OEE) track is an interdisciplinary program involving Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences that prepares students with systematic knowledge, comprehensive skills and research experiences for investigating health impacts of exposures to hazards, substances and stressors in the environment where people live, work and socialize.
Curriculum and Program Requirements
The MPH degree in O.E.E. requires a 60-hour sequence of courses that are typically finished after four terms (two years). Required core courses are core epidemiology courses and core OEE course, including Exposure Science & Health, Essentials of Toxicology, Environmental Epidemiology, Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology, and Professional Seminar in Occupational Health.
Watch our webinar on the student experience for the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology program.
Epidemiology Core Requirements
|Biostats 521: Applied Biostatistics||3||Fall|
|Biostats 522: Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies||3||Winter|
|Biostats 523: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology||4||Fall|
|EPID 530: Scientific Writing for Epidemiologists||1||Fall|
|EPID 600: Epid Methods I, Introduction to Epidemiology||4||Fall|
|EPID 602: Epid Methods II, Data Analysis for Epid Study Design||4||Winter|
|EPID 603: Professional Development Seminar||1||Winter, Fall|
|EPID 604: Applications of Epid (Capstone/ILE)||4||Winter|
|EPID 640: SAS for Epidemiological Research||3||Fall|
|EPID 643: Surveillance & Publicly Available Datasets||1||Fall|
|EPID 644: Contemporary Methods||1||Fall|
|Summer Internship (1 credit for every 86 hours worked)||2-6||Summer|
|Professional Development Activities||Fall, Winter|
|Elective graduate level courses taken to achieve 60 credits|
OEE Core Requirements
|EHS 601: Exposure Science & Health||3||Fall|
|EHS 602: Essentials of Toxicology||3||Fall|
|EHS 603: Occupational and Environmental Disease||3||Winter|
|EPID/EHS 608: Environmental Epidemiology||3||Winter|
|EPID/EHS 675: Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology||3||Winter|
|EHS 668: Professional Seminar in Occupational Health||1||Winter|
In addition to coursework relevant to their chosen concentration, all students in the epidemiology masters program must complete the School of Public Health’s Core Curriculum. Please see concentration pages, linked above, for additional information on concentration-specific prerequisites and curriculum.
|PUBHLTH 507 - Social Determinants of Health & Health Communication||2||Fall|
|PUBHLTH 511 - Nutrition and Public Health||2||Winter|
|PUBHLTH 513 - Public Health Systems, Policy and Management||3||Winter|
|PUBHLTH 514 - Public Health Sciences and the Environment||2||Winter|
|PUBHLTH 516 - Leadership Skills for Interprofessional Practice||1||Winter|
OEE students are encouraged to identify internship opportunities that are related to environmental health or occupational health. Federal, state and local governmental agencies provide summer internships.
- NIEHS Summer Internship Program
- Occupational Health Internship Program
- US EPA Student Internships
- NCEH/ATSDR Summer Internship Opportunities
Internship Opportunities at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services including climate change, environmental health disparities, and occupational injury surveillance.
OEE faculty also provide research-based internship opportunities.
OEE students can receive financial support through traineeships from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Education and Research Centers (the University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering). All students who are US citizens or permanent residents are considered for funding. Other funding sources for OEE students include School of Public Health scholarships and research assistantships from faculty research grants.
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