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MPH, Environmental Health Sciences

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Protect human health and promote healthy environments 

Environmental health addresses risk factors in our environments (such as smoke, air-, water- and food-borne pollutants and toxins) and the threats they pose to certain populations and their health. Practitioners promote and protect human health and well-being by understanding and assessing the risks posed and working to mitigate the environmental hazards. 


Perfect for students who want to 

  • Advance their career in applied environmental health 
  • Work in state or federal health agencies (e.g., EPA, FDA, CDC) 
  • Address threats to health posed by climate change 
  • Promote sustainability in food, energy and water systems 
  • Advocate for policies that reduce toxic exposures in air, water, soil and food 
  • Provide communities with healthier environments

Career Paths

  • State Departments of Health
  • Federal agency environmental officer
  • Safety office in industry
  • Medicine and public health 
  • Academia - environmental health research

Program Overview

The Master of Public Health program will prepare graduates to work in public health service as practitioners, researchers, administrators, and consultants. The mission of the MPH program with concentration in Environmental Health Sciences is to promote the development of professional practitioners and researchers in environmental health who understand the science, theory and practice of public and environmental health, and can apply this knowledge toward the detection, management, and prevention of environmental health problems. 

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Of the more than 40,000 chemicals used in consumer products in the US, less than 1% have been rigorously tested for human safety (according to the EPA).

The MPH in Environmental Health Sciences is 45 credits including an internship and capstone experience.

View all required courses for the MPH in Environmental Health Sciences


Course Module Course Name Credits
Core Cohort Based Courses
(14 Credits) SPHL 601 Foundations of Public Health 1
SPHL 602 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4
SPHL 603 Applied Data Lab 1
SPHL 610 Program Planning and Evaluation 5
SPHL 611 Public Health Ethics 1
SPHL 620 Leadership in Public Health 2
Cognate Area
(18 Credits) MIEH 600 Foundations of Environmental Health 3
MIEH 720 Principles of Toxicology 3
MIEH 740 Risk Assessment 3
MIEH 770 Law and Policy in Environmental Health 3
MIEH 771 Exposure Assessment 3
MIEH 780 Environmental and Occupational Hygiene 3
Electives 3-Credit Electives (total of 2 electives) 6
(7 Credits) MIEH 778 Internship in Public Health 4
MIEH 786 Capstone Project in Public Health* 3
45 Total

Graduates with an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and prioritize the direct and indirect human, ecological, and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents.
  2.  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.
  3. 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.
  4. Identify vulnerable populations and develop and apply risk management and risk communication approaches that address issues of environmental justice and equity.
  5. Apply the concepts regarding genetic and physiologic factors and mechanisms of toxicity to evaluate and improve assessment, prevention, and control strategies.
  6. 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.
  7. Critique and apply current environmental risk assessment methods.
  8. 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.
  9. Critique federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental-occupational health issues.