MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health


This track combines broad training in environmental and occupational health with more focused exposure to applied topics and experiences that prepare students for a variety of applied or policy-oriented roles in environmental and occupational health. The track includes core courses in environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, and social and behavioral health sciences. In addition, students are required to complete a 120-hour public health practicum and to write either a research-based master's thesis or a program project, the latter being a more applied version of a master's thesis.


Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in science or engineering. MPH admissions require a baccalaureate degree, generally in science or engineering, with coursework in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. GPA minimum of 3.0 for last 90 credits of study. Competitive applicants usually have Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores above the 65th percentile. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required of applicants with an MD or PhD. No specific subject area tests are required.

Concurrent Option:   A concurrent MPH/MPA degree with the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs is available. Applicants must apply and meet the admissions requirements of both, the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and the Evans School.More Information

Application Deadline:  Dec. 1 for first priority review


Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the generic SPH learning objectives for the MPH degree;
  • Meet the Core-Specific Learning Objectives for all MPH students;
  • Describe the major components of a quantitative health risk assessment and how toxicologic, microbiologic and/or epidemiologic data can contribute to some of these components; and
  • Summarize a practicum experience and some of the insights that were gained from that experience.
  • Apply methods for assessing health risk to current problems in environmental and occupational health.
  • Develop pathways and potential mechanisms for resolving major current environmental and occupational health problems.