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 (DrPH) degree program is to prepare students for advanced level professional work in research, policy, and program design and administration.

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.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 48 credits, including 22 credits in required courses, 6 credits in field-specific courses, 7 to 10 credits in elective courses, 2 credits in professional leadership courses, 8 to 11 credits in dissertation preparation and dissertation, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

Program requirements 

22 credits of required foundational and research methods courses
PUBH 8401Foundations in Public Health Leadership and Practice (Doctoral Seminar)
PUBH 8402Leadership and Decision Making: Skills Based Approach
PUBH 8403Leadership in Public Health Policy and Practice
PUBH 8416Study Design & Evaluation Methods
PUBH 8417Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
PUBH 8418Applied Statistical Analysis
PUBH 8419Measurement in Public Health and Health Services
PUBH 8420Advanced Analysis and Dissemination
6 credits of required EOH specialty field courses
PUBH 8411Advanced Topics: Principles of Human Health Risk Science (Doctoral Seminar )
PUBH 8412Advanced Topics: Environmental and Occupational Health Research and Practice
7 to 10 credits of elective specialty field courses (sample list)
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6122Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Policies, Politics, and Programs
PUBH 6123Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy
PUBH 6124Risk Management and Communication
PUBH 6126Assessment and Control of Environmental Hazards
PUBH 6127Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment
PUBH 6199Topics in EOH (Microbial Risk Assessment)
PUBH 6199Topics in EOH (Pesticide Exposures and Cancer)
PUBH 6199Topics in EOH (Food and the Global Environment)
2 credits of professional leadership
PUBH 8415Instructional Leadership
PUBH 8413Research Leadership
Comprehensive examination
8 to 11 credits of dissertation preparation and dissertation
PUBH 8422Advanced Health Care and Public Health Research Design
PUBH 8423Dissertation Research

Graduation Requirements

  1. Credits: Successful completion of 48 credits.
  2. Curriculum: Successful completion of the foundational, research methods, program-specific specialty field, and professional leadership courses.
  3. Comprehensive examination: 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 to 9 credits in dissertation research credits are required. Once the proposal has been successfully defended and the dissertation research credit requirements has been met, the oral defense may be scheduled.
  5. Grade-point average: A minimum overall grade-point average of B (3.0).
  6. Time limit: The degree must be completed within seven years.

Note: no transfer credits are accepted.