The joint concentration of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Epidemiology gives students the knowledge, tools and skills to investigate the environmental determinants of population health, and evaluate interventions and changes spatially and temporally, using the best available techniques and tools. The course work provides strong methodological training in epidemiology; develops student’s understanding and skills needed to assess the effects of environmental/occupational agents on health; and builds expertise in exposure measurements. Students will develop the ability to analyze, interpret, and report results along with a clear understanding of the strengths and limitations of environmental and occupational evaluation methods and study designs. Students in this concentration will take an average of two years to complete a minimum of 54 semester credit hours to earn their MPH degree.
By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in environmental and occupational health sciences and epidemiology will be able to:
Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Competencies:
- Identify and discuss health, safety, and ecological impacts of environmental agents;
- Recognize and describe factors that modify exposures to environmental hazards;
- Perform the processes of recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazards;
- Identify and understand environmental and occupational health policies, regulations and standards/guidelines;
- Develop, apply and evaluate programs in environmental and occupational health;
- Descriptive Epidemiology-Describe a public health issue in terms of magnitude, person, time, place and the ecological factors and lifespan considerations;
- Evidence-Based Public Health-Identify and use sources of epidemiologic data, information, knowledge and evidence as a basis for research, decision-making and evidence-based public health practice;
- Critical Analysis- Interpret findings from epidemiologic studies, demonstrating understanding of design, confounding, sources of bias and causality;
- Analytic Epidemiology-Demonstrate proficiency in epidemiologic study design, measurement and analysis, including the use of statistical software;
- Epidemiologic Communication-Effectively communicate epidemiologic information in linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to the general public, professionals, policy makers, across social sectors and in inter-professional communication;
- Ethics-Comprehend basic ethical principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
2014-2015 Curriculum (54-57 SCH)
Core MPH Competencies
Core Courses 15 SCH
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individuals & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)
Required Courses 28.5 SCH
BIOS 5310 Intermediate Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EOHS 5310 Evaluation and Control of Biological Agents and Infectious Diseases (3 SCH)
EOHS 5330 Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Environmental Hazards (3 SCH)
EOHS 5331 Environmental and Occupational Sampling and Analysis Methods (3 SCH)
EOHS 5350 Environmental & Occupational Toxicology (3 SCH)
EPID 5310 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 SCH)
EPID 5312 Survey Research & Questionnaire Design (3 SCH)
EPID 5318 Chronic Disease Epidemiology* (3 SCH)
EPID 5320 Infectious Disease Epidemiology* (3 SCH)
*Students choose between EPID 5318 and EPID 5320
PHED 5197 Professional & Academic Development (1.5 SCH)
Approved Electives (9 SCH)9
SCH with comprehensive examination; 6 SCH with thesis option
Practice Experience (1.5 SCH)
EOHS 5297 Practice Experience in Public Health** (1.5 SCH)
EPID 5297 Practice Experience in Public Health** (1.5 SCH)
**Students choose between EOHS 5297 and EPID 5297
- Public Health Knowledge & Skills-The MPH student will apply basic knowledge and skills of the core public health sciences that include: biostatistics, epidemiology, health management and policy, behavioral and community health, and environmental and occupational health, to the prevention of illness and injury and the promotion of population health.
- Integration of Theory and Practice-The MPH student will demonstrate the effective integration of theory and practice related to public health issues that affect diverse populations, through a thesis or comprehensive examination and a practice experience.
- Communication and Informatics-The MPH student will gather, organize, and manage data and information effectively to address public health issues through oral and written communications to diverse professionals and lay audiences.
- Diversity and Culture-The MPH student will demonstrate the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.
- Professionalism-The MPH student will apply ethical principles to the practice of public health in a variety of settings, demonstrating personal integrity while embracing diverse communities.