MPH Functional Certificate: Environmental Health

The environment, including water supply, air, food, sanitation, and climate change, is a central determinant of population health nationally and globally. Industrially produced and consumer product chemicals, air pollutants, micro-organisms, radiation, and noise are a few of the many environmental hazards that need to be identified, assessed, and controlled in order to reduce the global burden of disease.

This 16-credit certificate provides students with state-of-the-art practice tools for understanding and evaluating the toxicology and health effects of environmental hazards and the risks associated with exposure. Students collect primary environmental data, learn methods for assessing exposure to environmental hazards, and are introduced to geographic mapping techniques for understanding relationships and patterns in exposure and disease (GIS).

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Collect and analyze environmental data and articulate the characteristics of major chemical, physical, and biological hazards.
  • Interpret measured or modeled concentrations or doses of hazards compared with risk-based and non-risk-based criteria and guidelines.
  • Evaluate the influence of susceptibility based on a hazards’ biological mode of action, and vulnerability on health risks for major environmental determinants of human disease.
  • Identify defensible intervention and prevention strategies to improve health through reduction in exposures to environmental hazards.
  • Critically assess articles related to environmental impacts on health, analyzing the strength and validity of the hypothesis, study design and methods, results, conclusions, and public health significance of primary research studies.

Course Requirements

  • EH 705 Toxicology for Public Health (2 cr)
  • EH 707 Physiology for Public Health (2 cr)
  • EH 730 Methods in Environmental Health Sciences (4 cr)
  • At least one from the following:
    • EH 757 Environmental Epidemiology (4 cr)
    • EH 804 Field Methods in Exposure Science (4 cr)
    • EH 866 Risk Assessment Methods (4 cr)
  • Choose 4 credits from the courses below or from the list above:
    • EH 713 Essentials of Genetic Technologies and the Future of Public Health
    • EH 720 Climate Change and Public Health (4 cr)
    • EH 735 Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease (2 cr)
    • EH 745 Wastewater and Health/Sustainable Sanitation (2 cr)
    • EH 750 Water Quality (2 cr)
    • EH 805 Environmental Health Science, Policy, and Law (4 cr)
    • EH 811 GIS for Public Health Data Analytics (4 cr)
    • EH 875 EH Case Studies (4 cr)
    • EH 872 Environmental Data and Exposure Modeling (4 cr)
    • PH 731 Analytical Methods and Management Strategies for PH Decision Making (4 cr)
    • PH 737 GIS for PH Decisions (2 cr)
    • PH 825 Analysis of Emerging Infections Using the One Health Approach (4 cr)

Integrative Learning Experience

The ILE involves writing a policy memo for a defined stakeholder group. The student will work on a case study either based on a case from a project-based class (e.g., Exposure Assessment, Risk Assessment) or an idea developed independently, in either case approved by the certificate director.