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.

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

Table A- EH MPH Required Program Core Courses

Course #  Course Name                        Credit Hrs.
MPH 503 Biostatistics for the Health Professional 4.0

MPH 506 Community Health Research 4.0

MPH 511 Foundations of Epidemiology 4.0

MPH 521 Environmental and Occupational Health 4.0

MPH 531 Public Health Policy and Administration 4.0

MPH 561 Community Health Education 4.0

MPH 581 Internship (GPSIs may use PAD 561 for one internship credit hour.) 4.0

Environmental Health Core Requirements 

  • MPH 449 Environmental Toxicology 4.0
  • MPH 527 Environmental Risk Assessment 4.0

Summary 28 hours of general core courses, including a 4-hour internship plus 8 hours of Environmental Health Core and 12 hours of concentration electives (below), total 48 hours. 

Table B-EH Concentration List of Electives Choose option 1, 2, or 3)

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

MPH 526 Risk Management and Communication 4.0

MPH 528 Risk Assessment – Air, Land, Water 4.0

MPH 575 Health Economics 4.0

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

MPH 478 Crisis in Environmental Health 4.0

MPH 526 Risk Management and Communication 4.0

MPH 508 Program Evaluation for Health Professionals 4.0 OR

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 4.0

MPH 482 Food Safety Practice and Policy 4.0

MPH 484 Air Policy 4.0

MPH 486 Solid and Hazardous Waste Policy 4.0

MPH 488 Occupational safety and Health 4.0

TOTAL Credit Hours Required: 48.0 Closure Requirement: Comprehensive Exam ( 0 credit hours )

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 accredited 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.


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Revised January 2016