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.

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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.

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Epidemiology Core Requirements

Courses credits term
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 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

courses credits term
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.

Courses Credits Term
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

Internship Opportunities

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. 

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.  

Funding 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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