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 gives a firm grounding in environmental health science and policy, and then allows students to tailor further coursework to their interests in environmental epidemiology; environmental exposure and risk assessment; community-based environmental health and justice; or global ecology, environmental sustainability, and health. A final academic project and hands-on experience in a work setting complete the MPH concentration in environmental health. Our graduates find rewarding careers in public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and research and consulting settings.

EH 765 counts as the EH core if taken in an earlier semester. Students who have completed EH 708 and then changed to the EH concentration must speak with the EH department.

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. 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 752 Cancer Epidemiology
  • EP 755 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PH 825 The Role of Human and Environmental Factors in Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases

Environmental Health Culminating Experience

To meet the Culminating Experience requirement, MPH students concentrating in environmental health give a seminar presentation that demonstrates their proficiency in the environmental health competencies learned throughout the environmental health 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 must present their work to their 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 environmental health; 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 culminating course)

Students who have not achieved a grade of B or better in their capstone course by the last day to withdraw from a course with a W grade for that semester (typically one month before the end of the semester, see registrar schedule for semester-specific date) will not be eligible to present their work in the professional seminar that semester. A student who does not meet this minimum grade requirement may petition the EH Curriculum Committee to be allowed to improve the analysis/project in the subsequent semester in order to present the seminar.