Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Major: Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 46.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2202
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-2041

About the Program

The Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences will equip students with the knowledge and skills to identify and answer important questions regarding influences of the physical environment on human health and to disseminate those findings. Students will undergo rigorous training in the research methods that are required to address key questions related to generating evidence on how the environment influences health, with a focus on modifiable features of the environment that can be considered for policy interventions.

The program can be seen as both a stepping stone towards a career as an independent researcher and as a deepening of professional competencies required to occupy a leadership position in environmental and occupational health in government, academic, private industry or a non-profit organization.

Competencies:

Upon completion of the MS program, students will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Formulate testable hypotheses about critical knowledge and evidence gaps in environmental and occupational health.
  • Apply appropriate study designs, data collection strategies, and analytical methods to test scientific hypotheses.
  • Communicate research findings and evidence through scientific manuscripts, presentations, and other forms to both scientific and lay audiences.

Additional Information

For additional information about this program, contact:

Kristi LeBlanc, MSEd
Senior Program Manager
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
kk842@drexel.edu
267-359-6181

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed undergraduate degree in a field relevant to the proposed course of study.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate-level coursework in quantitative analytic methods (e.g. statistics, probability theory) or calculus.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate-level coursework in biology.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate-level coursework in chemistry or physics.
  • Evidence of research aptitude.

Past work experience in areas relevant to environmental and occupational health will be given considerable weight for applicants who do not apply for the program directly following other post-secondary program of study.

The application package will include:

  • Completion of the Schools of Public Health Common Application
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended;
  • Official results from the GRE taken within the last 5 years;
  • Results from the IELTS or TOFEL exam (non-native English speakers only)
  • World Education Service evaluation of all international transcripts;
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s promise as a graduate student;
  • A written statement of career goals, research interests and fit with a desired faculty mentor;
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
EOH 510Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health *3.0
EOH 605Evidence Evaluation for Identification of Environmental Hazards3.0
or EOH 665 Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
EOH 610Environmental and Occupational Toxicology3.0
EOH 620Environmental Hazard Assessment3.0
EOH 625Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology3.0
EOH 725Seminar in Environmental Epidemiology3.0
EOH 799Master of Science Thesis Research in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences9.0
EPI 500Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3.0
EPI 561Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research3.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
Electives **9.0
These courses may be within the Dornsife School of Public Health, or from other academic units within the University. Students must meet with their Graduate Advisor to select electives. 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:
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
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Injury Prevention and Control
Safety in Healthcare
Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
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
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Electives
Longitudinal Data Analysis
Introduction to Statistical Computing
Survival Data Analysis
Intermediate SAS
Intermediate Biostatistics I
Design & Analysis of Clinical Trials
Statistical Consulting
Linear Statistical Models
Generalized Linear Models
Intermediate Biostatistics II
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
Pharmacoepidemiology
Intermediate Epidemiology
Data Science Using R
Autism as a Public Health Challenge
Health and Design Research
Causal Inference in Epidemiology
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
Public Health Leadership
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
Seminar in Fire Arms and Public Health
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 Credits46.0

Introductory Public Health Learning Objectives: PBHL 501 is a required prerequisite course for students who do not have a degree from a CEPH accredited school.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
EOH 510Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health 3.0
EPI 561Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research3.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 2
EOH 610Environmental and Occupational Toxicology3.0
EPI 500Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 3
EOH 605
or 665
Evidence Evaluation for Identification of Environmental Hazards
Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
3.0
EOH 620Environmental Hazard Assessment3.0
EOH 799Master of Science Thesis Research in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
EOH 625Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology3.0
EOH 799Master of Science Thesis Research in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
EOH 725Seminar in Environmental Epidemiology3.0
EOH 799Master of Science Thesis Research in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 46.0

Introductory Public Health Learning Objectives: PBHL 501 is a required prerequisite course for students who do not have a degree from a CEPH accredited school.

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