Doctor of Public Health in the Field of Environmental and Occupational Health

Program Director G. Gray


The mission of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) is to increase the body of knowledge that addresses the adverse health effects of environmental and occupational exposures; to disseminate knowledge through the education of students and health practitioners; and to apply that knowledge in the clinical, environmental, and workplace settings.


The goal of the doctor of public health in the field of environmental and occupational health (Dr.P.H.) degree program is to prepare students for advanced level professional work in research, policy, and program design and administration.

Admissions Requirements

The doctor of public health program is designed for mid-career professionals seeking to become public health leaders. Preference for admission to the Dr.P.H. program is given to applicants who have completed an M.P.H. degree from a Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited program. Alternatively, applicants with a master’s degree in another field may indicate their relevant training, research experience, or educational background comparable to the M.P.H. Doctoral applicants admitted without an M.P.H. will be required to take additional course work at the graduate level that does not apply toward the minimum 48 credits required for the Dr.P.H. Qualified applicants with degrees from institutions outside the United States are also eligible for admission. All applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within five years of the date of application. Because admission to this program is highly selective, successful applicants have competitive academic credentials and substantial prior public health professional work experience related to the specialty field to which they are applying.

Program Policies and Procedures

For program policies and procedures, please refer to the Doctor of Public Health Handbook and other resources on the DrPh in the field of Environmental and Occupational Health website.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 48 credits, including 20 credits in required courses, 6 credits in field-specific courses, 7-10 credits in elective courses, 4 credits in professional leadership courses, 8-10 credits in dissertation preparation and dissertation, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

Program requirements 

20 credits of required foundational and research methods courses
PUBH 8401Found PH Leadership & Practice (Doctoral Seminar)
PUBH 8402Ldrshp/PublicHlthPractc&Policy
PUBH 8416Study Design & Evaluation Methods
PUBH 8417Qual Research Methods&Analysis
PUBH 8418Applied Statistical Analysis
PUBH 8419Measrmnt/PublHlth&HlthSrvcsRes
PUBH 8420Advanced Analysis & Dissemination
6 credits of required EOH specialty field courses
PUBH 8411AdvTpc-PrinEnvHlthRiskScience (Doctoral Seminar )
PUBH 8412AdvTpc-Env&OccHlthRsrch&Practc
7-10 credits of elective specialty field courses (sample list)
PUBH 6121Envrnmntl&OccptnalEpidemiology
PUBH 6122Envir Policy, Politics, Progs
PUBH 6123Toxicology: Applic for PH Pol
PUBH 6124Problem Solving in EOH
PUBH 6125Intro-Children's Health & Env
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
PUBH 6127Germs: An Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology
PUBH 6128Global Envrnmtl & Occptnl Hlth
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy & Environmt
PUBH 6199Topics in EOH (Microbial Risk Assessment)
PUBH 6199Topics in EOH (Pesticide Exposures and Cancer)
PUBH 6199Topics in EOH (Food and the Global Environment)
4 credits of professional leadership courses
PUBH 8415Instructional Leadership
PUBH 8413Research Leadership
Comprehensive examination
8-11 credits of dissertation preparation and dissertation
PUBH 8422AdvHlthCare&PublcHlthRsrchDes
Advanced Health Care and Public Health Research Design Prerequisites: Pass Comprehensive Exam, Approval of Program Director, & one page abstract
PUBH 8423Dissertation Research
Dissertation Research – DrPH Degree Dissertation Research

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 48 graduate credits are required.
  2. Course requirements: successful completion of the foundational and research methods courses. The program-specific specialty field courses and the professional leadership credits are required.
  3. Comprehensive exam: Once the course of study is completed, students are required to pass the comprehensive exam to be officially admitted to the candidacy phase.
  4. Dissertation: PUBH 8422 Advanced Health Care and Public Health Research Design plus 6-9 dissertation research credits are required. Once the proposal has been successfully defended and dissertation research credits have been met, the oral defense may be scheduled.
  5. Grade point requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average is required.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within seven (7) years.
  7. No transfer credits are accepted.