Master of Public Health in the Field of Global Environmental Health

Program Director  G. Gray
Practicum Director  S. McCormick

Mission

The mission of the master of public health (M.P.H.) in the field of global environmental health degree program—a joint program between the Departments of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health—is to educate individuals who are committed to working in resource-poor settings and applying analytic skills to prevent or mitigate the adverse impact of environmental hazards on human health. The program has a particular focus on traditional environmental health hazards—that is, health risks that are a consequence of a lack of access to clean water, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene, household air pollution, solid waste disposal, and vector-borne diseases such as malaria.

Goals

The program seeks to help train graduates who will hold a multidisciplinary knowledge base and skill set that will provide them with a framework for addressing environmental health issues from environmentally mediated disease in the poorest performing regions of the world. They will understand the scientific and cultural foundations of environmental health in order to assess environmental exposures and understand the effects of these exposures on human health; interpret epidemiologic and other research findings related to global environmental health risks; and assume leadership roles in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs that focus on modification of environmental health-related behaviors at local, regional, national, and/or global levels.

Specific admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Program Finder. 

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Upon completion of the master of public health (M.P.H.) in the field of global environmental health degree program, students should possess the following functional competencies:

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Critically assess existing epidemiologic research.

  • Summarize goals, design, methods, and results of published research.
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6131Applied Data Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
  • Identify biases and evaluate the extent to which they threaten study validity. 
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6131Applied Data Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
  • Apply statistical principles to interpret epidemiologic data.
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6131Applied Data Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health

Design appropriate studies for investigating EOH problems.

  • Identify appropriate resources and databases to plan and conduct studies. 
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
  • Given a research question, identify appropriate study design, choose appropriate study populations, describe relevant exposure assessment methods, identify appropriate data collection instruments and processes, and describe procedures for protecting human subjects. 
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
PUBH 6131Applied Data Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods

Conceptualize and carry out data analysis to address study goals.

  • Conceptualize research questions
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
  • Utilize appropriate approaches to manage and analyze data
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6131Applied Data Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods

Assess Global Environmental and Occupational Risks

​Assess environmental and occupational exposures.

  • Describe the principle of operation, capability, and limitations of assessment instrumentation.
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
  • Assess severity of potential hazards and select the appropriate instrument and measurement method.
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
  • Interpret exposure measurements to assess the severity of a chemical, physical, or biological hazard. 
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
  • Compare exposure data against established occupational and environmental health standards and guidelines. 
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of epidemiologic exposure assessments.
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health

Recommend strategies to prevent and control environmental and occupational exposures.

  • Recommend appropriate control strategies, such as; environmental health interventions, protective equipment, behavior change campaigns, to mitigate health hazards.  
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks

Global Environmental Health Policy Analysis

Synthesize scientific evidence in order to inform global environmental health policy and reduce and prevent environmental health related disease and injury.

  • Describe the authority and approaches of global environmental health agencies. 
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
  • Apply the risk assessment, risk management, and Source-to-Effect frameworks.
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Explain the role of scientific, economic, ethical, and political interests in development and implementation of global environmental health policy. 
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation

Conduct policy analysis relevant to global environmental health problems.

  • Discuss interventions used in global environmental health. 
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
  • Analyze approaches used in global environmental health policy development. 
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
  • Analyze the role of global environmental health policies and politics in promoting sustainability. 
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation

Design, Implement, Monitor and Evaluate Global Environmental Health Programs

Synthesize relevant information in order to assess and manage environmental and occupational risks.

  • Characterize political, social, cultural, religious and economic context to determine feasible interventions. 
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
  • Given a specific context, design a plan to collect relevant information to fully characterize global environmental health hazards and related human health effects. 
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
  • Evaluate data  to characterize potential global environmental health hazards, potential for human exposure and health effects.
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
  • Recommend possible approaches to reduce the risk and/or impact of exposure to global environmental health hazards, and evaluate these approaches with regard to ethical issues, technical feasibility, resource requirements, and policy context.
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
  • Communicate with relevant stakeholder groups about environmental and occupational health issues and recommendations, using appropriate terminology and data. 
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 17 credits in program-specific courses, 2 credits in a practicum course, 2 credits in a culminating experience, and 9 credits in elective courses.

Program Requirements  

Core
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
Program-specific: environmental and occupational health
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6126Assessment&Control/Env Hazards
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6131Applied Data Analysis in Environmental and Occupational Health
Program-specific: global health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
Electives
9 credits from the following:
PUBH 6123Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy
PUBH 6132Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programs
PUBH 6125Intro-Children's Health & Env
PUBH 6127Germs: An Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment
PUBH 6133Social Dimenensions in Climate Change and Health
PUBH 6262Intro-Geog Information Systems
PUBH 6271Disaster Epidemiology
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6437Case Study Methods for Global Health Evaluation
PUBH 6480Public Health in Complex Emergencies
Practicum and Culminating Experience
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience (offered in two parts, 1 credit each)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses
  3. 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. Up to 18 credits may be transferred to the Master of Public Health from the SPH graduate certificate. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last 3 years with a grade point of 3.0 or better.