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

Program Director K. Applebaum
Practicum Director P. LaPuma


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.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 22 credits in program specific courses, 4 credits in elective courses, and 4 credits in practicum/culminating experience.

Required core courses (15 credits):
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Required program-specific courses (18 credits):
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6122Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Policies, Politics, and Programs
PUBH 6123Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy
PUBH 6124Problem Solving in EOH
PUBH 6126Assessment and Control of Environmental Hazards
PUBH 6131Applied Data Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health
Program-specific electives (4 credits):
A miniumum of 4 credits from the following
PUBH 6127Germs: An Introduction 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 (Veterans Deployment and Environmental Disease only)
Electives (4 credits):
Any SPH graduate course. If credits from program-specific electives exceed 4 credits, the additional credits will count toward these electives.
PUBH 6014Practicum
Culminating experience
PUBH 6015Culminating 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. Minimum grade-point requirement: 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average.
  4. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
  5. Transfer credit policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a 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 (or grade-point average) of B (3.0) or above. SPH graduate certificate students can transfer as many credits as meet program requirements—up to 18 credits—to the MPH degree. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of three or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A grade of B or above is required for a course to be eligible for transfer.