Environmental Health MPH
The Environmental Health MPH in the College of Public Health focuses on the health science and data knowledge implicit in human-environmental interactions. You’ll study topics including environmental policy and regulation, human-made environmental disasters like biological terrorism, and occupational safety and hazard controls.
Environmental factors and sustainable development are the predominant determinants of health in individuals and communities. Proper environmental management is key to protecting public health and avoiding most preventable illnesses, which are directly caused by environmental factors. The environment affects our health in many ways, including exposure to biological, chemical and physical risk factors, as well as behavioral changes in response to those factors.
Learn to identify and mitigate environmental risks to public health, and train to investigate and report on progress after intervention. This program has strong ties to its North Philadelphia community in particular. Public Health master’s students participate in more than 175 fieldwork opportunities and community partnerships in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.
The program also offers a flexible curriculum: You can choose to study part- or full-time with evening and online options. The Environmental Health MPH is one of five MPH programs in the College of Public Health.
Prepare for a practice-oriented career as an environmental health officer, environmental policy specialist, industrial hygiene officer, public health inspector, risk consultant and many other careers that involve examining environmental factors and policies affecting community health and sustainable environments.
Graduate students in the College of Public Health come from a diverse range of academic, ethnic and professional backgrounds. They bring expertise from a variety of fields, including engineering, natural sciences, psychology and social work.
Classes & Curriculum
A rigorous environmental health science curriculum helps our graduates develop the skills needed to address imminent, rapidly changing public health issues the world faces today. The Environmental Health MPH includes courses such as
- Environmental Epidemiology,
- Environmental Toxicology and
- Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems.