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Master of Science (MS) in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

About the MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

The Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences will offer students an opportunity to obtain a research oriented degree in environmental sciences, focused on building the knowledge and skills needed to identify and answer important questions about how the physical environment influences human health and to disseminate those findings.

Students will undergo rigorous training in the research methods required to address key questions and generate evidence on how the environment influences health, with a focus on modifiable factors that can be addressed through policy. The program prepares students to become independent researchers, while developing the professional competencies needed to hold leadership positions in environmental and occupational health in government, private industry, or the non-profit sector.

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Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 11 percent increase in employment opportunities for masters-trained environmental scientists and specialists, with salaries averaging $68,910 per year in 2016. Graduates work in public health research and service organizations, university research groups, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, health-related industries, and government.

For more information, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website.


The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health has 12 full time faculty whose research focuses on environmental exposures, industrial hygiene, risk assessment, epidemiology, toxicology, infectious disease, global health, environmental justice, climate change, urban health, health disparities, and health policy. Students will have a broad range of opportunities to learn from and participate in research.

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Applicants to the MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences program must possess a baccalaureate degree in a field relevant to the proposed course of study; successful completion of undergraduate-level coursework in quantitative analytic methods (e.g. statistics, probability theory) or calculus; successful completion of undergraduate-level coursework in biology; successful completion of undergraduate-level coursework in chemistry or physics; and evidence of research aptitude.

Past work experience in areas relevant to environmental and occupational health will be given considerable weight for applicants who do not apply for the program directly following other post-secondary program of study.

Application requirements

Degree Requirements

The 46 total credit hour requirement is distributed as 28 credits in Year 1 and 18 credits in Year 2. There are 28 credits of required courses, 9 credits of electives, and 9 additional credits for the master’s thesis.

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Sample Plan of Study

Master’s Thesis

All MS students must complete an original investigation in an area of research presented in the form of a thesis. The thesis must be based on the student’s own work and acceptable to the student’s Thesis Committee.

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Paying for Your Public Health Degree

Historically, more than 79 percent of full-time masters students receive some type of scholarship funding.

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Kristi LeBlanc, MSEd
Senior Program Manager
Environmental and Occupational Health

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention