MPH: Environmental Health Concentration

The Master of Public Health program with a concentration in Environmental Health (EH) prepares students to move into the front lines of public health. The curriculum first provides a firm grounding in environmental health science and policy, and then allows students to tailor coursework to their interests in environmental epidemiology; environmental exposure and risk assessment; global ecology, environmental sustainability, and health; or community-based environmental health and justice. A final academic project and hands-on experience in a work setting complete the MPH concentration in Environmental Health. Our MPH graduates with the Environmental Health concentration work today as directors and analysts of public health or environmental health for cities and towns, as program managers, health educators, and environmental inspectors in state and federal health agencies, and in many roles in nonprofit agencies. Other alumni hold research positions in public and private health research organizations, work as consultants in private companies conducting health risk assessments, or are physicians in occupational and environmental clinics.

Concentration Requirements (minimum 16 credits)

EH concentrators must take a minimum of 16 credits within the concentration, though students are strongly encouraged to take a minimum of 18 credits to build a sufficient foundation in key content areas. The following courses are required:

  • EH 725 Analytical Methods in Environmental Health
  • EH 768 Introduction to Toxicology

All EH concentrators must earn a B- or better in EH 725, Analytical Methods in Environmental Health (2 credits) and EH 768, Introduction to Toxicology (4 credits). Students must also successfully complete a 4-credit capstone course for the concentration (see list below in the Culminating Experience section).

The remaining 6 concentration credits come from EH courses numbered 700 or above (except EH 708 Introduction to Environmental Health, EH 717 Foundations of Environmental Health, or EH 765 Survey of Environmental Health)—or from these courses that carry EH concentration credit:

  • EP 735 Principles of Cancer Epidemiology
  • EP 752 Cancer Epidemiology
  • EP 755 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PH 825 Analysis of Emerging Infections Using the One Health Approach

Environmental Health Culminating Experience

To meet the Culminating Experience requirement, all MPH students concentrating in Environmental Health (EH) give a seminar presentation that demonstrates their proficiency in the EH competencies learned throughout the EH curriculum and in a capstone course. The capstone courses promote skills in the areas of assessment, measurement, and prevention of exposure to environmental health hazards or their health effects. Students will present their work to their fellow students, colleagues, faculty, and other members of the community at a professional seminar held during a workday near the end of each Fall and Spring Semester. Faculty will objectively assess the student’s level of mastery in applying the theories and principles used in class.

The following courses are considered capstone courses in EH; students must choose one of these capstone courses to complete their Culminating Experience. This capstone course counts for 4 of the required 16 concentration credits.

  • EH 757 Environmental Epidemiology
  • EH 804 Exposure Assessment
  • EH 840 Intermediate Toxicology
  • EH 866 Risk Assessment Methods
  • EH 961 Directed Studies in Environmental Health (when completed for 4  credits and approved specifically as a capstone course)