Environmental & Occupational Health

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health Sciences (45 credits)

The MPH degree in Environmental Health Sciences provides students with a clear understanding of the role of this core discipline in public health with sufficient knowledge of the theory and terminology used by the discipline to allow effective participation in interdisciplinary public health efforts, and specialized skills.

The Department offers both a broad and a focused educational experience. From the core survey course to the specialized courses on air pollution and occupational health, there are extensive opportunities for both the specialist and the general student to master the complex body of knowledge that underlies environmental and occupational health. The Department provides Masters-level students with a solid foundation for expanding professional skills, for career advancement, and for pursuing doctoral-level training.

The existing courses cover most of the prominent topical areas of environmental health sciences. In a number of cases, there are sequences of related courses to assure that students develop some depth of knowledge in selected areas, while not sacrificing a generalist’s approach to most of the knowledge in their field.

Competencies

Competencies for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health Sciences (45 credits)

Each Department identifies competencies for each degree offered. These competencies reflect the full range of knowledge, skills, and other attributes that a student will acquire as a result of completing the requirements for a particular degree.

Upon graduation, a student completing the MPH curriculum in Environmental Health Sciences will be able to:

  • Describe the major environmental health problems facing the general public as well as among specific communities or susceptible, vulnerable sub-populations
  • Explain the basic mechanism of toxicology and dose-response as applied to environmental toxicants
  • Describe the federal and state regulatory programs relating to environmental (community) protection
  • Develop a testable model of environmental exposures (one or more agents) and adverse health outcomes (causing injury, disability, other measure of morbidity or mortality)
  • Specify current environmental risk assessment approaches and methods for a particular hazard or risk in a community

Curriculum

Curriculum for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health Sciences (45 credits)

Students seeking the MPH in Biostatistics degree must complete 45 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.0; earn no more than nine (9) credits bearing grades less than “B,” and complete the degree requirements within six years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

  • PREREQUISITES
    • 3 credits in college biology, human behavior, social or health science
    • 3 credits in college calculus
    • Demonstration of computer competence
  • CORE COURSES (15-18 credits)
    • PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy
    • PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
    • PHCO 0503 - Introduction to Environmental Health
    • PHCO 0504 - Introduction to Biostatistics (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
    • PHCO 0505 - Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in Public Health
    • PHCO 0513 - Public Health Essentials (required for students enrolled Fall 2018 and after)
  • FIELDWORK (6 credits) -- For Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2016
    • FDWC 0600 - Fieldwork I (1 credit)
    • FDWC 0601 - Fieldwork II (5 credits)
  • PRACTICUM (6 credits) -- For Students Enrolled Fall 2016 through Spring 2018
    • PRAC 0705 - Practicum I (1 credit)
    • PRAC 0707 - Practicum IIA (2 credits)
    • PRAC 0709 - Practicum IIB (3 credits)
  • PRACTICUM (3 credits) -- For Students Enrolled Fall 2018 and After
    • PRAC 0715 - Applied Practice Experience (0 credits)
    • PRAC 0716 - Practicum Capstone (3 credits)
  • REQUIRED COURSES (15 credits)Note: Students should review the Course Descriptions in the School Catalog for specific information about prerequisites required for required courses and recommended electives.
    • ENOH 0594 - Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
    • ENOH 0656 - Environmental Risk Assessment
    • ENOH 0695 - Environmental Exposure Measurement and Assessment
  • -also-
  • Choose two of the following four:
    • ENOH 0560 - Public Health Biology and Physiology
    • ENOH 0652 - Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (crosslisted as EPID 0650)
    • ENOH 0653 - Biomarkers
    • EPID 0656 - Intermediate Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS (0 credits) -- For Students Enrolled Fall 2018 and After
    • Students are required to complete an Interprofessional Education activity prior to graduation (0 credits)
  • RECOMMENDED ELECTIVE COURSES (9 credits)
    • Students may choose elective courses from among other department courses, from courses within Rutgers School of Public Health, or other Rutgers graduate programs with faculty advisor approval.