MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Science (ENVH)

Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Science (ENVH) curriculum focuses on a combination of scientific, technical and regulatory aspects of public health that relate to the assessment and control of hazards such as physical, chemical and biological agents in non-occupational and occupational environments. (The hazardous agents addressed also include, but are not limited to, agents associated with terrorism.) The major focus is recognition, evaluation and control of human exposures resulting from contact with contaminated air, water, soil and food. Emergency and disaster planning, preparation, recognition and response are also emphasized.

The Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Science major expands students’ knowledge, comprehension and skills to prepare them for work as professionals involved with development, implementation, delivery and management of applicable focused or broad scope environmental and occupational health and safety programs. Examples of applicable programs include community and/or worker awareness education and training programs; environmental and occupational disease causation, prevention and remediation programs; hazardous non-occupational and occupational site investigation, sampling, assessment and control; and regulatory compliance and/or enforcement. EOHS professionals also have the education and training applicable to preparedness for, recognition of, and response to natural disaster and intentional terrorist events.

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Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Science graduates will have the following core competencies:

  • apply the fundamental and advanced principles of statistics, epidemiology, general environmental and occupational health and safety science relative to real-world public health issues and problems.
  • objectively and subjectively assess chemical, biological, and physical agents classified as hazardous to human health (including agents used in terrorism events).
  • critically analyze and interpret statistical, epidemiological, toxicological and communicable disease information for prevention and remediation program development and implementation.
  • conduct fundamental sample collection of matrices contaminated with and or affected by hazardous chemical, biological, and physical agents.
  • collect and evaluate applicable information necessary to perform risk assessments and conduct disaster preparation/planning.
  • make administrative decisions based on recommended measures to reduce or eliminate environmental and occupational health hazards.
  • demonstrate administrative, scientific, technical, and regulatory knowledge and skill that would relate to their roles in public health administration.
  • develop and present administrative, scientific, technical and/or regulatory reports.
  • work for governmental agencies (e.g. EPA; OSHA; Health Departments), industries, consulting firms, union organizations, healthcare organizations, and others.

The Plan of Study outlines required courses and electives for the ENVH. A Plan of Study is filed within the first 12 semester credit hours of admission to the MPH degree. Click to see a Plan of Study for ENVH.

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