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

Students in the Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health program learn how to assess environmental and occupational exposures and understand their health consequences. Students may work alongside faculty to investigate the environmental determinants of health, such as air and water pollutants, infectious agents, and the changing climate. Students will learn how to make the built environment healthier, to promote health and prevent injuries in the workplace, to enhance air and water quality, to ensure safe food and consumer products, and to prepare for public health emergencies around the globe. Practitioners in this field apply environmental and occupational health principles to promote health and equity among populations in community 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 more information about this program, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website including admissions criteria and how to apply.

Degree Requirements

MPH Foundation Courses16.0
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction to Epidemiology
Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis
Public Health Foundations and Systems I
Public Health Foundations and Systems II
EOH Foundation Courses18.0
Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
Environmental Exposure Science
Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
Integrative Learning Experience3.0
Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health I
Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health II
Applied 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. Electives must be at the 500-level or above. It is the responsibility of the student to determine course restrictions. 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
Design and Grant Writing for Community Health Programs
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
Process Monitoring and Outcomes Evaluation for Community Health Programs
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
Environmental Health in Vulnerable Populations
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Occupational and Environmental Cancers
Microbes in Public Health Practice I: Overview of Bacterial Pathogens
Microbes in Public Health Practice II: Overview of Viral and Other Pathogens
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
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
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

Note: Students choose from 500-999 level courses in BST, EOH, EPI, CHP, HMP, and PBHL for elective courses.

Sample Plan of Study

12 Months (4 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
   BST 5713.0
   EPI 5703.0
   HMP 5052.0
   PBHL 5104.0
   PBHL 5114.0
Second Year
EOH 5103.0EOH 6103.0EOH 6123.0 
EOH 6253.0EOH 6653.0EOH 6153.0 
PBHL 5000.0EOH 7500.0EOH 7513.0 
 15 12 13 
Total Credits 56

18 Months (5 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
EOH 5103.0BST 5713.0EOH 6123.0PBHL 5000.0
EPI 5703.0EOH 6103.0EOH 6153.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0HMP 5052.0 
 10 10 12 0
Second Year
EOH 6253.0EOH 6653.0  
EOH 7500.0EOH 7513.0  
 12 12  
Total Credits 56

21 Months (6 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
EOH 5103.0BST 5713.0EOH 6123.0PBHL 5000.0
EPI 5703.0EOH 6103.0EOH 6153.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0HMP 5052.0 
 10 10 9 0
Second Year
EOH 6253.0EOH 6653.0EOH 7513.0 
Electives6.0EOH 7500.0Elective3.0 
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 56
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