Master of Public Health (MPH) Environmental Concentration

Department Requirements*

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health degree requires successful completion of 48 semester hours of coursework; 28 hours of general core courses, including a 4-hour internship (Table A- EH), plus eight hours of EH concentration core courses. Students may select from one of three elective options for the 12 hours of of electives courses. (Table B- EH). Students must consult with their adviser before registering to develop an educational plan and choose the appropriate elective hours. Courses from outside the program must be approved by the program to be included in the 48 hours required for the degree.

Table A- EH

MPH Required Program Core Courses

Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hrs.
MPH 503 Biostatistics for the Health Professional (must have an undergraduate course in statistics)
MPH 506
Community Health Research
MPH 511
Foundations of Epidemiology
MPH 521
Environmental and Occupational Health
MPH 531
Public Health Policy and Administration
MPH 561
Community Health Education
MPH 581
Internship (GPSIs may use PAD 561 for one internship credit hour.)
Environmental Health Core Requirements
MPH 449
Environmental Toxicology
MPH 527
Environmental Risk Assessment
Approved Electives – See Table B-EH
TOTAL Credit Hours Required:
Closure Requirement: Comprehensive Exam ( 0 credit hours )

Students must choose one of the options described below for their electives courses:

Table B-EH Concentration List of Electives

Option 1 Risk Sciences (all three of these courses are required)

MPH 526 Risk Management and Communication
MPH 528
Risk Assessment – Air, Land, Water
MPH 575
Health Economics
Students may choose to take MPH 529 to complete the Risk Assessment Graduate Certificate in addition to degree completion.

Option 2 Emergency Planning and Homeland Security  (choose any three of these courses)

MPH 478 Crisis in Environmental Health
MPH 526
Risk Management and Communication
MPH 508 Program Evaluation for Health Professionals  OR 4.0
 PAD 533  Program Evaluation  4.0
Students may choose to take an approved elective to complete the Emergency planning and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate in addition to degree completion.
Option 3 Environmental Health Policy  (choose any three of these courses)
ENS 485 Environmental Policies: Water Quality
MPH 482
Food Safety Practice and Policy
MPH 484
Air Policy
MPH 486 Solid and Hazardous Waste Policy 4.0
MPH 488 Occupational safety and Health

Closure Requirement: Comprehensive Exam

The closure experience is a comprehensive written examination based on an applied case study designed to test the student’s ability to integrate the knowledge gained from the five general core courses. Students are expected to take the comprehensive exam during their final semester of coursework. A student may repeat the exam twice, but must successfully complete the exam within one year after completing course work for the degree. Students who are not taking other courses in the degree program must enroll in MPH 583 (zero credit hours, one billable hour) until they pass the exam.

Our MPH-Environmental Health concentration is fully accreditEHAC Logoed by the National Environmental Science and Protection Accreditation Council.

* Students who were admitted before fall 2014 should consult the catalog requirements in place at the time of admission. Students who wish to update to the 2014-2015 catalog requirements must consult with their advisor.

Revised 4 Dec 2012