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Master of Public Health (MPH) Environmental Concentration

Department Requirements*

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health degree requires successful completion of 48 semester hours of coursework; 28 hours of general core courses, including a 4-hour internship (Table A- EH), plus eight hours of EH concentration core courses. Students may select from one of three elective options for the 12 hours of of electives courses. (Table B- EH). Students must consult with their adviser before registering to develop an educational plan and choose the appropriate elective hours. Courses from outside the program must be approved by the program to be included in the 48 hours required for the degree.

Table A- EH

MPH Required Program Core Courses

Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hrs.
MPH 503 Biostatistics for the Health Professional (must have an undergraduate course in statistics)
4.0
MPH 506
Community Health Research
4.0
MPH 511
Foundations of Epidemiology
4.0
MPH 521
Environmental and Occupational Health
4.0
MPH 531
Public Health Policy and Administration
4.0
MPH 561
Community Health Education
4.0
MPH 581
Internship (GPSIs may use PAD 561 for one internship credit hour.)
4.0
Environmental Health Core Requirements
MPH 449
Environmental Toxicology
4.0
MPH 527
Environmental Risk Assessment
4.0
Approved Electives - See Table B-EH
16.0
TOTAL Credit Hours Required:
48.0
Closure Requirement: Comprehensive Exam ( 0 credit hours )

Students must choose one of the options described below for their electives courses:

Table B-EH Concentration List of Electives

Option 1

MPH 526 Risk Management and Communication
4.0
MPH 528
Risk Assessment – Air, Land, Water
4.0
MPH 575
Health Economics
4.0
Students may choose to take MPH 529 to complete the Risk Assessment Graduate Certificate in addition to degree completion.

Option 2

MPH 478 Crisis in Environmental Health
4.0
MPH 526
Risk Management and Communication
4.0
PAD 533
Program Evaluation OR
4.0
MPH 508 Program Evaluation for Health Professionals 4.0
Students may choose to take an approved elective to complete the Emergency planning and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate in addition to degree completion.

Option 3
ENS 485 Environmental Policies: Water Quality
4.0
MPH 482
Food Safety Practice and Policy
4.0
MPH 484
Air Policy
4.0
MPH 486 Solid and Hazardous Waste Policy 4.0
MPH 488 Occupational safety and Health
4.0

Closure Requirement: Comprehensive Exam

The closure experience is a comprehensive written examination based on an applied case study designed to test the student’s ability to integrate the knowledge gained from the five general core courses. Students are expected to take the comprehensive exam during their final semester of coursework. A student may repeat the exam twice, but must successfully complete the exam within one year after completing course work for the degree. Students who are not taking other courses in the degree program must enroll in MPH 583 (zero credit hours, one billable hour) until they pass the exam.

Our MPH-Environmental Health concentration is fully accredit EHAC Logo
ed by the National Environmental Science and Protection Accreditation Council.

* Students who were admitted before fall 2014 should consult the catalog requirements in place at the time of admission. Students who wish to update to the 2014-2015 catalog requirements must consult with their advisor.

Revised 4 Dec 2012

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