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MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health

The MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health prepares professionals to recognize and prevent the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health. The program provides the knowledge and skills to assess and characterize chemical exposures and hazards, assess health effects, design and implement preventive measures, conduct medical surveillance and promote healthy behaviors in the workplace.  

The program follows MPH didactic requirements for the general preventive medicine and occupational medicine boards.

Typical backgrounds: physicians, nurses and other health providers in occupational and environmental medicine; public health professionals; environmental health professionals; people with biology, health and other science degrees seeking careers in public health.

Program Competencies

Upon completion of the MPH degree in Occupational and Environmental Health, graduates will have the following competencies:

  • Apply scientific principles to recognize, characterize and manage the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health. 
  • Interpret the impact of chemical exposures on workers and general populations health within the frame work of the route of exposure, estimated dose, duration and frequency of exposure and the acute and chronic effects of the agent.
  • Design, implement and evaluate primary, secondary and tertiary prevention applications including clinical, behavior and environmental interventions for the protection of worker health
  • Utilize population data from hazard and medical surveillance to prevent negative health effects in the work place
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills for reaching a variety of target audiences including workers and patients, managers and H&S professionals, and other scientists and clinicians.
Admission Requirements

The Distance Learning Programs follow the Tulane SPHTM admission requirements. In addition, the department requests the following from applicants:

  • Baccalaureate degree, preferably in a STEM area, public health, medicine, nursing, with Grade Point Average of 3.0. Or, degree in medicine or other health care professional degree.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in occupational or environmental health, a health care field, or other related field.
  • The application includes documentation of a bachelor’s degree and GPA (official transcript), a written statement of Purpose and Objectives, and three letters of recommendations.
  • The Application is submitted through SOPHAS.
Degree Program Requirements

The MPH Degree in Occupational and Environmental requires a total of 42 credits that include:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3) OR SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for Public Health Programs (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems Policy and Management (3)

MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health - Required Courses (17 Credits)

  • GEHS 6150     Occupational Health Services (2)
  • GEHS 6320     Workplace Wellness (3)
  • GEHS 6540     Principles of Occupational Health (3)
  • GEHS 6600     Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • GEHS 6720     Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)
  • GEHS 7620     Health Risk Assessment (3)

Note: student without knowledge of public health biology will also take TRMD 6010

Elective Courses (10 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

The Practicum is designed to demonstrate application of occupational and environmental public health principles in practice. OEH students complete a 200 hour practicum. Mid-career students may do a leadership or quality improvement practicum. The practicum is usually competed after core courses are completed. 

Specific information competencies for the Practicum may be found in the Practicum Handbook. Students should contact Kathy Carneiro to discuss practicum requirements at least one full semester prior to the semester of intended graduation.  

Culminating Experience (SPHL  7590)

The Culminating Experience is a public health analysis (PHA) of an occupational or environmental health issue that applies and integrates the classroom knowledge/ skills and demonstrates the competencies you have attained in your studies; see Culminating Experience Handbook.  You select the topic in consultation with your advisor and produce a written PHA document. The advisor and student develop 3 specific objectives for the PHA that demonstrate the program competencies. Students should contact Kathy Carneiro to discuss the PHA practicum requirements at least one full semester prior to the semester of intended graduation.  

See the DL culminating experience handbook.  (link)

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