Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 45

Required Courses:

College Core Course
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions0
Public Health Core Courses
ENVH 5103Environmental Health3
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5101Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
HPM 5006Political and Economic Aspects of Health3
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
SBS 5102Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior3
Environmental Health Courses
ENVH 5305Environmental Toxicology3
ENVH 8207Environmental Epidemiology3
GUS 5062Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems3
Environmental Health Elective
CTRP 8213Environmental Planning3
M.P.H. Fieldwork Experience
ENVH 9289MPH Fieldwork I3
ENVH 9389MPH Fieldwork II3
Total Credit Hours45

Internship: An internship is required as part of a student's M.P.H. fieldwork.

Culminating Events:
Fieldwork Practicum:
M.P.H. fieldwork requires a student to synthesize and integrate the knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice through an internship or practicum experience with a public health agency or under the supervision of a faculty preceptor. The M.P.H. fieldwork experience serves as the culminating event as required by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting body of all U.S. schools of public health, for completion of the Master of Public Health degree. In addition, this culminating experience provides the student with the opportunity to develop expertise in a topic area and to contribute original and independent observations to a body of knowledge.

For the culminating experience to fulfill the requirements of ENVH 9289 and ENVH 9389, M.P.H. in Environmental Health students are expected to complete a fieldwork experience, which enables them to:

  • Describe environmental health hazards and their potential effects on human health; discuss methods for evaluating risks associated with such hazards; and discuss strategies for preventing or controlling hazards that pose risks to human health.
  • Identify chemical, biological, and physical agents by media, their principal sources, and general approaches for their quantification.
  • Specify pathways of exposure, including environmental transport and fate and routes of transfer from the source, through all environmental media, to humans.
  • Explain the general mechanisms of toxicity and the roles that dose-response and time-response play in eliciting a toxic effect.
  • Describe extrinsic (socioeconomic and behavioral) and intrinsic (genetic and physiologic) factors that affect environmental exposure-response relationships.
  • Discuss issues of environmental justice, equity, and health disparities.
  • Describe the local, regional, and global impact of environmental hazards (direct and indirect) on human and ecological health.
  • Identify the major causes of injury and illness in the workplace and approaches to reducing occupational health risks.
  • Describe the components of a risk assessment, including the types of evidence that are used and the sources of uncertainty and variability.
  • Discuss risk management and risk communication approaches for preventing and/or reducing environmental health risks, including regulatory, engineering, and behavioral interventions.
  • Develop a research question that pertains to an environmental hazard and its potential effects.

A final paper is the required deliverable for the M.P.H. fieldwork requirement. Students must also demonstrate their proficiency and the application of theory and principles in the paper and demonstrate mastery of the required competencies during the oral defense. The evaluation of the M.P.H. fieldwork practicum experience, therefore, is integrated into the culminating experience requirement.