Environmental & Occupational Health

Major: Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 90.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2202
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-2041

About the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Occupational Health will equip students with the skills to identify, examine, and respond to important environmental and occupational health challenges, and to disseminate and translate findings. Students will benefit from engagement with the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health‘s interdisciplinary faculty and the Dornsife School of Public Health’s emphasis on urban health and social justice. Students complete core Environmental and Occupational Health classes, with an opportunity to specialize in areas such as environmental epidemiology, injury prevention and control, occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, or exposure assessment. This program trains students with the skills necessary to perform scientifically rigorous research to address pressing environmental and occupational health issues. Graduates of our program are well prepared to assume leadership roles as public health scientists, researchers, and educators.

Competencies

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

  • Evaluate basic principles related to environmental and occupational exposure assessment – including sources and characteristics of exposures, mechanisms, and methods for measuring and examining physical, chemical, biological, psychosocial and/or other exposures potentially related to human health.
  • Analyze relationships between exposures and human health, including variation in impacts by social, behavioral, psychosocial, and other susceptibility factors.
  • Critically evaluate and interpret published research in environmental and occupational health, from academic journals and other sources.
  • Formulate testable hypotheses about critical knowledge and evidence gaps in environmental and occupational health.
  • Develop and implement valid and reproducible study designs, including data collection strategies to test hypotheses using novel or current methods.
  • Apply appropriate and rigorous methods to analyze and interpret original data.
  • Communicate research results through scientific manuscripts, presentations, and other forms to both scientific and lay audiences.
  • Assess risks associated with physical, chemical, psychosocial or other exposures in environmental or occupational settings, and identify appropriate policies and other interventions for preventing or reducing these risks.

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 PhD Program in Environmental and Occupational Health must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed master’s degree with a concentration in public health or related sciences, or a completed bachelor’s degree with public health related work experience.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate- and/or graduate-level coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental sciences, health policy, social sciences, and/or geography.
  • Evidence of prior research or public health practice experience.

The application package will include: 

  • Completion of the Schools of Public Health Common Application
  • A written statement of career goals, research interests, and fit with a preferred faculty mentor(s)
  • 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
  • Professional or academic writing sample
  • A resume or curriculum vitae

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
EOH 800Professional Development3.0
EOH 805Evaluation for Identification of Environmental Hazards3.0
EOH 810Environmental and Occupational Toxicology3.0
EOH 815Environmental and Occupational Health Policy3.0
EOH 820Environmental Hazard Assessment 3.0
EOH 825Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology3.0
EOH 830Seminar in Environmental Epidemiology3.0
EPI 560Intermediate Epidemiology3.0
Electives27.0
Students are required to consult with their faculty mentor on all elective selections. Elective coursework must be aligned with the student’s research interests and dissertation focus.
Dissertation36.0-54.0
Dissertation Guidance in Environmental and Occupational Health
Total Credits90.0-108.0

PhD students are required to complete the TA Orientation and Preparation Course and the Responsible Conduct of Research Course.
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 825Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology3.0
EPI 560Intermediate Epidemiology3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
EOH 810Environmental and Occupational Toxicology3.0
EOH 830Seminar in Environmental Epidemiology3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 3
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
EOH 805Evaluation for Identification of Environmental Hazards3.0
EOH 820Environmental Hazard Assessment 3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
EOH 800Professional Development3.0
Electives6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
Electives9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 6
EOH 815Environmental and Occupational Health Policy3.0
Electives6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 7
EOH 997Dissertation Guidance in Environmental and Occupational Health9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 8
EOH 997Dissertation Guidance in Environmental and Occupational Health9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 9
EOH 997Dissertation Guidance in Environmental and Occupational Health9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 10
EOH 997Dissertation Guidance in Environmental and Occupational Health9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 90.0

PhD students are required to complete the TA Orientation and Preparation Course and the Responsible Conduct of Research Course.
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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