What is the Environmental and Occupational Health Master's Program?
The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental and Occupational Health is an in-person, on-campus graduate degree program at the Dornsife School of Public Health.
Students can choose to complete the program on a full-time basis in either 12, 18, or 21 months.
Students in the MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health program learn to assess and monitor environmental and occupational exposures and understand the health impacts of climate change, air pollution, housing, workplace safety, clean water, and public health emergencies.
Why Pursue an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel Dornsife?
EOH students at Dornsife develop an expertise in the promotion of environmental and occupational health. Real-world practical experiences complement the coursework and focus on building knowledge in the core science disciplines of epidemiology, toxicology, exposure assessment, and risk analysis, as well as policy development and risk communication.
Renowned faculty in the department of Environmental and Occupational Health conduct research on the ways to protect the health of communities and workers locally, nationally, and globally.
EOH’s prominent research centers are the Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) and the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC).
What is the Difference Between an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health and an MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences?
The MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health is a 56-credit program that is oriented toward training public health practitioners.
The MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences is a 45-credit program that is oriented toward training researchers.
Admission Requirements for the Environmental and Occupational Health Master's Program
To be considered for the Masters of Public Health program, students should have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent international institution. Graduates of any major may apply.
A GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred. Those with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply, highlighting their interest in public health.
Application Requirements for the Environmental and Occupational Health Master's Program
Applicants for MPH admissions are asked to submit the following:
- SOPHAS online application
- Official transcripts from every college-level institution you attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation)
- English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo), if applicable
- Three letters of recommendation
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Statement of Purpose and Objectives
Applications for the Master of Public Health do not require the GRE.
Apply via SOPHAS – the Centralized Application Service for Public Health
Applicants interested in being considered for funding through one of the school’s endowed scholarships or fellowships are encouraged to apply no later than January 15.
The regular decision deadline for the 12-month program is April 1.
The fall application deadline for international students is June 13.
The regular decision deadline for all fall programs is August 1.
Applicants to the Environmental and Occupational Health MPH should submit their application and materials through SOPHAS – the Centralized Application Service for Public Health.
Major Competencies in Environmental and Occupational Health
MPH students majoring in Environmental and Occupational Health develop skills and competencies including the following:
- Assess pathways of human exposure to hazardous agents and stressors in the environment and workplace
- Investigate and synthesize research on hazardous agents and their impacts on human health effects, including how individual and population factors affect vulnerability
- Evaluate epidemiologic methods used in occupational and environmental research and interpret findings
- Select and apply appropriate quantitative risk assessment methods
- Recommend strategies for preventing, controlling, and managing risks from environmental and occupational hazards
- Analyze environmental and occupational health policies in relation to environmental justice, equity, and efficacy
MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Curriculum
All MPH students complete the same core public health courses in Public Health Foundations and Systems and Public Health Research Methods to begin their MPH studies.
These courses lay the foundation for an advanced education in public health before students break off into their respective concentrations.
MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Required Courses
Required courses for the Environmental and Occupational Health concentration include:
- Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health – 3 credits
- Environmental and Occupational Toxicology – 3 credits
- Environmental Exposure Science – 3 credits
- Environmental and Occupational Health Policy – 3 credits
- Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology – 3 credits
- Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health – 3 credits
Students earn a total of 56 quarter credits to complete the MPH degree.
View a Sample Plan of Study
Electives serve to further focus an MPH student’s academic work and define their career goals. Many students use their electives to complete a graduate minor.
Elective courses can be within the Dornsife School of Public Health or from other academic units within Drexel University.
Environmental and Occupational Health Applied Practical Experience
The Applied Practical Experience (APE) is a supervised, hands-on practical experience.
Through the APE, Dornsife MPH students gain career experience while earning their degree.
Students engage in the practice of public health, working with an external organization to expand their skills and network outside the classroom.
Environmental and Occupational Health Integrative Learning Experience
The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) is a 3-credit research project or project-based internship over the final two quarters of their program.
The goal is to develop skills and gain experience in practical applications of concepts. Students complete a high-quality written product at the end of the experience. See examples of recent environmental and occupational health ILEs at Dornsife.
What Careers Can You Pursue with an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health?
With an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health, individuals have the opportunity to explore unique and fulfilling career paths, including:
- Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
- Environmental Epidemiologist
- Occupational Epidemiologist
- Research Analyst
- Environmental Consultant
- Occupational Health Specialist
- Public Health Preparedness Planner
Environmental and Occupational Health MPH Salary Estimates
For a list of potential salary ranges for Environmental and Occupational Health MPH graduates, visit What Can You Do With a Public Health Degree?
If you are interested in learning more about any of our MPH programs at Drexel Dornsife, request more information to speak with our admissions team.