Our environmental health faculty and students conduct groundbreaking research to better understand the role of environmental factors on human health and to inform public health interventions through both policy changes and community engagement. Our unique combination of faculty expertise allows us to make an impact on environmental public health locally, nationally and internationally, with ongoing activities in the US, Africa, Asia and Europe. Students enrolled in the MPH in environmental sciences are mentored closely by our faculty members and gain practical experience through an internship focused on translating research into action.

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Requirements

The Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences consists of 46 credit hours of graduate work including two 3 credit-hour electives and a 6 credit-hour capstone experience comprised of an internship and MPH project or thesis. The program can be completed on either a full- or part-time basis with classes offered in the afternoon and evening. All requirements must be met and the degree awarded within five years following the date of entrance into the program.

Competencies

  • Evaluate and prioritize the direct and indirect human, ecological, and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents.
  •  Identify and apply appropriate, state of the art, approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental and occupational hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  • Incorporate the role of psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental and occupational hazards into assessment, prevention, and control strategies.
  • Identify vulnerable populations and develop and apply risk management and risk communication approaches that address issues of environmental justice and equity.
  • Apply the concepts regarding genetic and physiologic factors and mechanisms of toxicity to evaluate and improve assessment, prevention, and control strategies.
  • Evaluate policies and standards with respect to ethical considerations of and disparities in environmental and occupational health and use the evaluation to develop improved policies and standards.
  • Critique and apply current environmental risk assessment methods.
  • Synthesize environmental-occupational health knowledge to design and evaluate environmental-occupational health policies, programs and research. Integrate, synthesize and apply theory to practice in the context of a research study, policy development, and public health systems development.
  • Critique federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines, and authorities that control environmental-occupational health issues.

Curriculum

  Courses Credit
Core EPIB 610 Foundations of Epidemiology 3
EPIB 650 Biostatistics 1 3
HLSA 601 Intro. to Health Systems 3
MIEH 600 Foundations of Environmental Health 3
HLTH 665 Health Behavior I 3
Cognate MIEH 740 Risk Assessment 3
MIEH 720 Principles of Toxicology 3
MIEH 770 Law and Policy in Environmental Health 3
MIEH 771 Exposure Assessment 3
MIEH 780 Environmental and Occupational Hygiene 3
EPIB 641 Public Health and Research Ethics 1
EPIB 651 Biostatistics II 3
Capstone or Thesis MIEH 785  Internship in Public Health 3
MIEH 786 Capstone Project in Public Health or MIEH 799 Thesis** 3/6
Electives* Public Health Electives, with advisement 3/6
  Total Credits 46

* The electives must be public health related. Up to 6 credits may be transferred from another institution and 12 from UMCP, provided that the courses are at a graduate level and have not been counted for any other degree.  You must apply to transfer the credits using the form Request for Transfer or Inclusion of Graduate Credit, available on the MIAEH website under Student Forms.
**If a student chooses the thesis option, he/she must register for 6 credits of thesis to graduate.

Internship/Capstone