Environmental & Occupational Health

Major: Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree Awarded: Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 56.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2202
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-2041

About the Program

As a student in Environmental and Occupational Health, you will learn how to assess and monitor environmental and occupational exposures and to understand their health consequences. You will work alongside our faculty to investigate and act on the environmental determinants of health including climate change and exposure to air pollution, pesticides or other substances. You will learn how to make housing healthier, to promote health and prevent injuries in the workplace, to enhance access to clean water, and to prepare for public health emergencies around the globe. Opportunities in this field include application of environmental and occupational health principles to protect and promote the health of populations in homes, communities and workplace settings.

Major Competencies:

  • Assess pathways of human exposure to hazardous agents and stressors in the environment and workplace.
  • Investigate and synthesize research on hazardous agents and their impacts on human health effects, including how individual and population factors affect vulnerability.
  • Evaluate epidemiologic methods used in occupational and environmental research and interpret findings.
  • Select and apply appropriate quantitative risk assessment methods.
  • Recommend strategies for preventing, controlling, and managing risks from environmental and occupational hazards.
  • Analyze environmental and occupational health policies in relation to environmental justice, equity, and efficacy.

Additional Information

For additional information about this program, contact:

Kristi LeBlanc, MSEd
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Senior Program Manager

Admission Requirements

The Dornsife School of Public Health seeks students with intellectual and interpersonal competencies as well as those with potential for leadership. The school has set a high priority on establishing a student body that is representative of the nation's population. We strive to recruit and to admit applicants from underrepresented minority groups who can contribute to the richness of our student population and to that of the nation's public health professionals.

Admission Process

Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

  • Personal essays and letters of recommendation
  • Academic and personal accomplishments with emphasis on demonstrated leadership
  • Diversity of background and outside interests, depth of self-appraisal, commitment to public health, capacity to work with individuals

Applicants should have:

  • Satisfactorily completed an undergraduate bachelor degree program in an accredited US college or university, or its equivalent in another country
  • Previous coursework in statistics and the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) is highly recommended
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are NOT required, however, you may choose to submit scores to strengthen your application
  • International applicants must submit an English Language Proficiency exam. Applicants may submit the TOEFL or IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS exams are considered valid for two (2) years from the date the exam was administered.

Please note: The Dornsife School of Public Health's code for submitting GRE scores is 2194. The SOPHAS GRE school code is 7890.

The Application Process also requires:

  • Completion of the Schools of Public Health Common Application.
  • Essay describing what you perceive to be pressing public health issues, why a career in the field appeals to you, and how it will use your strengths and commitment
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV

Applicants to the joint MD/MPH program must be accepted to both the Drexel College of Medicine and the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Degree Requirements

MPH Foundation Courses16.0
Public Health Foundations and Systems I
Public Health Foundations and Systems II
Methods for Public Health Research I
Methods for Public Health Research II
EOH Foundation Courses18.0
Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health
Evidence Evaluation for Identification of Environmental Hazards
Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
Environmental Hazard Assessment
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
Integrative Learning Experience4.0
Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health I
Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health II
Practical Experience0.0
Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health
These courses may be within the Dornsife School of Public Health, or from other academic units within the University. Students may choose to use their elective credits to complete a graduate minor. Students must meet with their Graduate Advisor to select electives and/or a graduate minor. It is the responsibility of the student to determine course restrictions for electives. The following is a sample of some of the Dornsife School of Public Health electives offered by department:
Biostatistics Electives
Introduction to Statistical Computing
Intermediate SAS
Intermediate Biostatistics I
Statistical Consulting
Community Health and Prevention Electives
Behavior and Social Change Theories
Community Engagement in Public Health Practice & Research
Multi-Method Data Analysis in Community Health & Prevention
History of Public Health
Overview of Maternal and Child Health
Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
Prevention Principles and Practices
Community Based Prevention Practices
Outcomes and Impact Evaluation
Public Health Ethics
Animals and Public Health
Drug Use and Public Health
Multicultural Competence in Community Health and Prevention
Community Organizing and Community Assessment for Health and Wellness
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
Outcomes Assessment of Community Health and Prevention
Research with Rare, Stigmatized and Hidden Populations
LGBT Health Disparities
Intersectional Perspectives
Public Health Practice in and with Latino Communities
Migration and Health
Religion, Spirituality, and Health
Theory & Practice of Community Health and Prevention II
Research Methods for Community Health and Prevention
Qualitative Research in Community Health
Community Based Participatory Research
Measuring Health
Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis & Manuscript Development
Environmental and Occupational Health Electives
Introduction to Urban Health
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Injury Prevention and Control
Safety in Healthcare
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
Healthy Housing & Built Environment
Exposure Assessment
Environmental Health in Vulnerable Populations
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Occupational and Environmental Cancers
Microbes and Public Health Practice
Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Environment
Public Health Impacts of Global Climate Change
Crisis and Risk Communication in Public Health
Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
Advanced Methods in GIS for Public Health
Seminar in Environmental Epidemiology
Epidemiology Electives
Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology
Epidemiology of Cancer
Epidemiology for Public Health Practice
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Perinatal Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology & Prevention
Making Sense of Data
Intermediate Epidemiology
Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research
The Changing US HIV Epidemic and the Responses of Affected Communities
Interprofessional Collaboration for Urban Health
Data Science Using R
Disease Outbreak Investigations
Autism as a Public Health Challenge
Public Health Surveillance
Health and Design Research
Health Management and Policy Electives
Health Management and Policy I
Health Management and Policy II
Evolution of United States Health Policy
Legal Aspects of Public Health
The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management
Healthcare Planning Principles and Practice
Policy Analysis for Population Health
Health Organizational Leadership
Health Care Organizations and Management
Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
Perspectives on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Issues in United States Health Policy
Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
Public Health Leadership
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
Seminar in Fire Arms and Public Health
The Politics of Food & Gender
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Management of Healthcare Outcomes
Managing a Public Health Agency
Change Management in Public Health
Fundamentals of Disaster Management
Public Health Funding & Program Development
Coordinating a Population's Care
Organizational Finance Seminar: Case Studies in Health Care
Health Care Strategy and Operations: Creating Change
Health Care Data Analytics
Introduction to GIS for Public Health
Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice
Health and Human Rights
Health Services Research
Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice
Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services
Methods in Implementation Science
Health Economics I
Health Economics II
Total Credits56.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
EOH 510Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health 3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
 Term Credits11.0
Term 2
EOH 610Environmental and Occupational Toxicology3.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
 Term Credits11.0
Term 3
EOH 605Evidence Evaluation for Identification of Environmental Hazards3.0
EOH 615Environmental and Occupational Health Policy3.0
EOH 620Environmental Hazard Assessment3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 4
EOH 625Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology3.0
EOH 750Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health I2.0
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
 Term Credits11.0
Term 5
EOH 751Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health II2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 56.0
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