MPH Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

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National environmental processes and human interaction affect the micro and macro environment in which we live, and directly effects or influences health.

The MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences prepares present and future public health scientists and practitioners to assess and evaluate physical, chemical and biological stressors in the environments people live and work, and identify and develop effective intervention and control methodologies.

Interaction with a diverse faculty and competency-based curriculum exposes students to sound scientific theory and methodology in several disciplines and integrates their application to the field of environmental and occupational health. Students in this concentration are provided with the unique opportunity to translate knowledge acquired in the classroom and laboratory  into practical applications in the real world though participation in faculty research; internships in industry, state or national agencies; and visits to these organizations. In addition to required courses such as environmental data analysis, human health additional focus in areas such as occupational heatlh practice/industrial hygiene; exposure and air pollution. For professionals already in the field of environmental and occupational health, this MPH concentration provides students with an excellent opportunity to enhance their knowledge and expertise in specific areas of interest by working alongside faculty researchers and environmental and occupational professionals at the local, state, national and international level.

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in environmental and occupational health sciences will be able to:

  • 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.

2013-2014 Curriculum (48 SCH)

Core MPH Competencies

Core Courses: 15 SCH
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5300 Biostatistics for Public Health I (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)

Concentration Required Courses: 16.5 SCH
BIOS 5310 Biostatistics for Public Health 2 (3 SCH)
EOHS 5310 Evaluation and Control of Biological Agents and Infectious Disease (3 SCH)
EOHS 5330 Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Environmental Hazards (3 SCH)
EOHS 5331 Environmental and Occupational Sampling and Analytical Methods (3 SCH)
EOHS 5350 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (3 SCH)
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination 0 SCH
PHED 5197 MPH Portfolio (1.5 SCH)

Practice Experience: 1.5 SCH
BIOS 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (1.5 SCH)

Elective Courses: 15 SCH

Culminating Experience: 0 SCH 
EOHS 5001 MPH Comprehensive Examination (0 SCH)

Course Descriptions

Sequence of Coursework 

(Adopted from From Association of Schools of Public Health Education Committee, Master Degree in Public Health Core Competency Project, Version 2.3, May 2007)

All students in the MPH Program are expected to master a set of public health competencies that are used to evaluate public health knowledge, skills and practice. The competencies that have been selected by the UNTHSC SPH are consistent with the recommendations of the Association of Schools of Public Health (, and address the five core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences, as well as those specific to their chosen concentration area. MPH students will master the competencies through various activities including coursework, seminars and practice experience. Upon graduation they will be able to demonstrate broad knowledge in the core areas of public health and apply public health perspectives, knowledge, skills and practice in their areas of specialization.

This page last updated 14th Apr 2014