The online MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health prepares professionals to recognize and prevent the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health. The program provides the knowledge and skills to assess and characterize chemical exposures and hazards, assess health effects, design and implement preventive measures, conduct medical surveillance and promote healthy behaviors in the workplace.
The program follows MPH didactic requirements for the general preventive medicine and occupational medicine boards.
Typical backgrounds: physicians, nurses and other health providers in occupational and environmental medicine; public health professionals; environmental health professionals; people with biology, health and other science degrees seeking careers in public health.
Upon completion of the MPH degree in Occupational and Environmental Health, graduates will have the following competencies:
- Apply scientific principles to recognize, characterize and manage the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health.
- Interpret the impact of chemical exposures on workers and general populations health within the frame work of the route of exposure, estimated dose, duration and frequency of exposure and the acute and chronic effects of the agent.
- Design, implement and evaluate primary, secondary and tertiary prevention applications including clinical, behavior and environmental interventions for the protection of worker health
- Utilize population data from hazard and medical surveillance to prevent negative health effects in the work place
- Demonstrate written and oral communication skills for reaching a variety of target audiences including workers and patients, managers and H&S professionals, and other scientists and clinicians.
The MPH Degree in Occupational and Environmental requires a total of 43 credits that include:
|SPHTM - Core Courses|
|SPHL 6020||Foundations in Public Health||3|
|SPHL 6050||Biostatistics for Public Healt||3|
|SPHL 6060||Epidemiology for Public Health||3|
|SPHL 6070||Health Systems Policy and Mgmt||3|
|SPHL 6080||Design Strategies in PH Prgrms||3|
|MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health - Required Courses|
|GEHS 6030||Survey of Environ Hlth||3|
|GEHS 6320||Workplace Wellness||3|
|GEHS 6540||Occupational Health||3|
|GEHS 6600||Principles of Toxicology||3|
|GEHS 6720||Principles Indus Hygiene||3|
|GEHS 7620||Health Risk Assessment||3|
|Select 10 credits from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor||10|
|SPHL 9980||Applied Practice Experience 1||0|
|SPHL 7950||Integrated Learning Experience||0|
|Total Credit Hours||43|
The Practicum is designed to demonstrate application of occupational and environmental public health principles in practice. OEH students complete a 200 hour practicum. Mid-career students may do a leadership or quality improvement practicum. The practicum is usually competed after core courses are completed.
Specific information competencies for the Practicum may be found in the Practicum Handbook. Students should contact Kathy Carneiro to discuss practicum requirements at least one full semester prior to the semester of intended graduation.
The Culminating Experience is a public health analysis (PHA) of an occupational or environmental health issue that applies and integrates the classroom knowledge/ skills and demonstrates the competencies you have attained in your studies; see Culminating Experience Handbook. You select the topic in consultation with your advisor and produce a written PHA document. The advisor and student develop 3 specific objectives for the PHA that demonstrate the program competencies. Students should contact Kathy Carneiro to discuss the PHA practicum requirements at least one full semester prior to the semester of intended graduation.
See the DL culminating experience handbook. (link)
Note: student without knowledge of public health biology will also take TRMD 6010 Biol Basis of Disease (3 c.h.)