Environmental & Occupational Health

Major: Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree Awarded: Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 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

Core Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
Major Courses
EOH 510Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health 3.0
EOH 610Environmental and Occupational Toxicology3.0
EOH 612Environmental Exposure Science3.0
EOH 615Environmental and Occupational Health Policy3.0
EOH 625Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology3.0
EOH 665Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health3.0
Applied Practical Experience
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
Integrative Learning Experience
EOH 750Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health I0.0
EOH 751Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health II3.0
Electives *18.0
Total Credits56.0

Students choose from any BST, CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP, or PBHL course from the 500-999 level. Students can take additional 500-level or above electives across the university as long as they meet prerequisite and restriction requirements. Students can contact their faculty mentor to discuss elective options. Students can use elective credits to further focus their academic work by completing a graduate minor.

Sample Plan of Study

12-Month (4 Quarter) Full-Time

   BST 5713.0
   EPI 5703.0
   PBHL 5104.0
   PBHL 5114.0
First Year
EOH 5103.0EOH 6103.0EOH 6123.0 
EOH 6253.0EOH 6653.0EOH 6153.0 
HMP 5053.0EOH 7500.0EOH 7513.0 
PBHL 5000.0Electives9.0Electives3.0 
 15 15 12 
Total Credits 56

18-Month (5 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
BST 5713.0EOH 6103.0EOH 6123.0PBHL 5000.0
EOH 5103.0EPI 5703.0EOH 6153.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0HMP 5053.0 
 10 10 12 0
Second Year
EOH 6253.0EOH 6653.0  
EOH 7500.0EOH 7513.0  
 12 12  
Total Credits 56

21-Month (6 Quarter) Full-Time

First Year
BST 5713.0EOH 6103.0EOH 6123.0PBHL 5000.0
EOH 5103.0EPI 5703.0EOH 6153.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0HMP 5053.0 
 10 10 9 0
Second Year
EOH 6253.0EOH 6653.0EOH 7513.0 
Electives6.0EOH 7500.0Electives6.0 
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 56
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