Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Major: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 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

Major 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
PBHL 501Introduction to Public Health **0.0
Electives ***9.0
Total Credits45.0

EOH 510 can be substituted with an elective with faculty mentor approval.


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


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.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
BST 5713.0EOH 6103.0EOH 6053.0VACATION
EOH 5103.0EPI 5703.0EOH 6123.0 
PBHL 501*0.0Electives3.0EOH 7993.0 
 9 9 9 0
Second Year
EOH 6253.0EOH 7253.0  
EOH 7993.0EOH 7993.0  
EPI 5613.0Electives3.0  
 9 9  
Total Credits 45

PBHL 501 is only required for students who do not have a degree from a CEPH accredited school.

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