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.
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.
|20 credits of required foundational and research methods courses|
|PUBH 8401||Found PH Leadership & Practice (Doctoral Seminar)|
|PUBH 8416||Study Design & Evaluation Methods|
|PUBH 8417||Qual Research Methods&Analysis|
|PUBH 8418||Applied Statistical Analysis|
|PUBH 8420||Advanced Analysis & Dissemination|
|6 credits of required EOH specialty field courses|
|PUBH 8411||AdvTpc-PrinEnvHlthRiskScience (Doctoral Seminar )|
|7-10 credits of elective specialty field courses (sample list)|
|PUBH 6122||Envir Policy, Politics, Progs|
|PUBH 6123||Toxicology: Applic for PH Pol|
|PUBH 6124||Problem Solving in EOH|
|PUBH 6125||Intro-Children's Health & Env|
|PUBH 6126||Assessment&Control/Env Hazards|
|PUBH 6127||Germs: An Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology|
|PUBH 6128||Global Envrnmtl & Occptnl Hlth|
|PUBH 6130||Sustainable Energy & Environmt|
|PUBH 6199||Topics in EOH (Microbial Risk Assessment)|
|PUBH 6199||Topics in EOH (Pesticide Exposures and Cancer)|
|PUBH 6199||Topics in EOH (Food and the Global Environment)|
|4 credits of professional leadership courses|
|PUBH 8415||Instructional Leadership|
|PUBH 8413||Research Leadership|
|8-11 credits of dissertation preparation and dissertation|
|Advanced Health Care and Public Health Research Design Prerequisites: Pass Comprehensive Exam, Approval of Program Director, & one page abstract|
|PUBH 8423||Dissertation Research|
|Dissertation Research – DrPH Degree Dissertation Research|
- Graduate credit requirement: 48 graduate credits are required.
- Course requirements: successful completion of the foundational and research methods courses. The program-specific specialty field courses and the professional leadership credits are required.
- 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.
- 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.
- Grade point requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average is required.
- Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within seven (7) years.
- No transfer credits are accepted.