Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Major: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
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 equips 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 prepares students as independent researchers and deepens professional competencies required to occupy a leadership position in environmental and occupational health in government, academic, private industry, or a non-profit organization.

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
  • 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 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

Required Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EOH 510Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health *3.0
EOH 605Evidence Evaluation for Identification of Environmental Hazards3.0
EOH 610Environmental and Occupational Toxicology3.0
EOH 612Environmental Exposure Science3.0
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 561Pathophysiologic Basis of Epidemiologic Research3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
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:
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
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Injury Prevention and Control
Safety in Healthcare
Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
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
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
Intermediate Epidemiology
Data Science Using R
Autism as a Public Health Challenge
Health and Design Research
Causal Inference in Epidemiology: Theory
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
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 Credits45.0

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

First Year
EOH 5103.0BST 5713.0EOH 6053.0VACATION
EPI 5703.0EOH 6103.0EOH 6123.0 
Elective3.0Elective3.0EOH 7993.0 
 9 9 9 0
Second Year
EOH 6253.0EOH 7253.0  
EOH 7993.0EOH 7993.0  
EPI 5613.0Elective3.0  
 9 9  
Total Credits 45

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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