Environmental & Occupational Health

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Environmental and Occupational Health (72 credits)

The DrPH degree in Environmental and Occupational Health is intended to give students in-depth understanding of environmental and occupational health. The environmental/occupational research performed by students in the doctoral program covers the spectrum from toxicologically oriented research to epidemiology, risk assessment, exposure assessment, and policy formation.

The existing courses cover most of the prominent topical areas of occupational and environmental health. 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.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

Competencies

Competencies for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Environmental and Occupational Health (72 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.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

Upon graduation, a student completing the DrPH curriculum in Environmental and Occupational Health will be able to:

  • DrPH Common Competencies
    • Apply qualitative and quantitative research approaches to address issues at the community and population level
    • Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems
    • Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational and community settings
    • Design system-level interventions that influence population health outcomes in multi-disciplinary team approaches that promote health equity and disease prevention
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration Competencies
    • Describe the direct and indirect human and ecological health and safety effects of various environmental and occupational exposure agents
    • Determine what risks are present in a particular community and develop a basic risk assessment plan for the identification, characterization, management, and remediation of that risk
    • Diagnose and apply appropriate approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to health and safety
    • Develop an intervention/prevention plan to ameliorate a particular environmental or occupational risk in a community workplace, respectively
    • Obtain grant funding from private and/or governmental agencies to initiate an ENOH research program
    • Provide an informed expert opinion to government and/or community leaders regarding the extent or level of risk associated with a particular environmental or occupational hazard or condition
    • Be able to teach a course in Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Understand environmental and occupational policies and regulations at both the federal and state levels

Curriculum

Curriculum for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Environmental and Occupational Health (72 credits)

Students seeking the DrPH in Environmental and Occupational Health degree must complete a minimum of 72 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.2 overall and a 3.2 in the set of required courses specified by their department; earn no more than nine (9) credits bearing grades less than B; and complete the degree requirements within nine years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.
  • CORE COURSES (15 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 - Health Education and Behavioral Science in Public Health
  • REQUIRED COURSES (27 credits)
    • ENOH 0656 - Environmental Risk Assessment
    • ENOH 0695 - Environmental Exposure Measurement and Assessment
    • EPID 0650 - Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
    • PHEL 0698 - Special Topic for DrPH Students
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  • Choose at least one of the following:
    • EPID 0656 - Intermediate Epidemiologic Research Methods
    • HEBS 0663 - Intermediate Survey Methods
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  • Choose at least one of the following:
    • BIST 0551 - Applied Regression Analysis for Public Health Studies
    • BIST 0615 - Categorical Data Analysis
    • BIST 0650 - Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis
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  • Choose at least one of the following:
    • ENOH 0563 - Ecological Risk Assessment
    • ENOH 0565 - Introduction to Environmental Law
    • ENOH 0644 - Indoor Air Quality
    • ENOH 0693 - Principles of Occupational Health
    • ENOH 0699 - Principles of Industrial Hygiene
  • RECOMMENDED ELECTIVE COURSES (3 credits)
    • ENOH 0560 - Public Health Biology and Physiology
    • ENOH 0562 - Pesticides and Public Health (1 credit)
    • ENOH 0565 - Introduction to Environmental Law
    • ENOH 0566 - Hydrology and Public Health (1 credit)
    • ENOH 0594 - Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
    • ENOH 0644 - Indoor Air Quality
    • ENOH 0645 - Indoor Environmental Health and Assessment (1 credit)
    • ENOH 0653 - Biomarkers
    • ENOH 0659 - Occupational Health Practices (2 credits)
    • ENOH 0601 - Global Noncommunicable Disease and Environmental Risk Factors
    • ENOH 0696 - Public Health Preparedness II: Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
    • ENOH 0697 - Public Health Preparedness: Agents of Mass Exposure, Injury or Destruction
    • ENOH 9621 - Principles of Air Pollution
    • ENOH 9642 - Air Sampling and Analysis
    • ENOH 9643 - Hazardous Waste Management
    • EPID 0656 - Intermediate Epidemiologic Research Methods
    • EPID 0657 - Applied Methods in Epidemiologic Research
    • GLPH 0600 - Introduction to Global Health
    • HEBS 0663 - Intermediate Survey Methods
    • HSAP 0672 - Theories of Development and Global Public Health
  • REQUIRED PRACTICUM (3 credits))
    • PRAC 0705 - Practicum Experience
  • REQUIRED RESEARCH (24 credits)
    • RESH 0760 - Doctoral Research