Master of Public Health in the Field of Environmental Health Science and Policy

Program Director K. Applebaum


The mission of the master of public health (MPH) in the field of environmental health science and policy degree program is to educate individuals who are committed to improving public health through reducing risks posed by environmental and occupational hazards. In this program, students learn to apply critical and analytic skills to better understand how environmental and occupational exposures impact human health. Graduates bring these skills into the world in order to develop, implement, and evaluate environmental health practices and policies. 

Program graduates possess a multidisciplinary knowledge base and skill set that provides them a framework for addressing environmental and occupational health (EOH) issues. They understand three distinct scientific foundations of environmental health in order to: 

  • Assess and control environmental and occupational exposures;
  • Understand the effects of these exposures on human health;
  • Interpret epidemiological and other research findings related to environmental risks;
  • Analyze policy implications and participate in policy development, implementation, and evaluation; and
  • Assess and manage environmental and occupational risks.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 17 credits in core courses, 22 credits in program-specific courses, 4 credits in elective courses, a 2-credit culminating experience.

Core courses
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
Program-specific courses
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 6131Applied Data Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health
Program-specific electives
A miniumum of 4 credits from the following program-specific elective courses:
PUBH 6127Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment
PUBH 6133Social Dimensions in Climate Change and Health
PUBH 6135Researching Climate Change and Human Health
PUBH 6199Topics in EOH
Additional electives
4 credits in any graduate-level SPH courses. If more than 4 credits in program-specific elective courses are taken, the number of credits required in this category is reduced accordingly.
Culminating experience
PUBH 6137
PUBH 6138
Environmental and Occupational Health Culminating Experience I
and Environmental and Occupational Health Culminating Experience II

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
  3. Practicum Requirement: Students are required to fulfill all requirements of the Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) to receive credit for PUBH 6022.
  4. Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE):  Students are required to enroll and participate in an authorized IPE activity (PUBH 6023).
  5. Minimum grade-point requirement: minimum 3.0 (B average) cumulative grade-point average.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
  7. Transfer credit policy: With approval, up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to any previous graduate degree may be transferred to the master of public health program. External credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course. Students in SPH graduate certificate programs can transfer as many credits earned toward the certificate to the MPH degree as meet MPH degree requirements, to a maximum of 18 credits.
  8. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so after completion of three or more courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 via the online change of concentration petition. A grade of B or above is required for a specific course to be eligible for transfer.  
  9. CITI Training requirement: All students are required to complete training regarding human subject protection regulation and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  10. Integrity Quiz and Plagiarism requirement: All students are required to review the George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity and take the SPH Academic Integrity Quiz at GWSPH Source. within their first semester of study.
  11. Professional Enhancement requirement: Students must participate in eight hours of public health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia, related to their field of study.