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MPH in Occupational Health and Safety Management

The MPH in Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSM) MPH Program is a mid-career professional program designed to enhance management skills of health and safety professional. The MPH is designed for those who already have a technical background and seek to move into leadership positions within their organizations and industries. The program provides the fundamentals of project management, financial management and budgeting, and applies systems thinking to occupational and environmental health and safety programs. Graduates improve their abilities to manage people, projects and processes. The program is offered by distance learning format only.

Typical backgrounds/experience of students in the program include: Industrial hygienists, safety engineers, environmental health & safety specialists, occupational health physicians and nurses.

Program Competencies

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

  • Integrate the fundamentals of project management into occupational and/or environmental health and safety programs.
  • Implement financial management within an occupational health and safety programs.
  • Analyze safety and health investment strategies and cost/benefits of health and safety.
  • Apply systems thinking to occupational/ environmental health programs  and strategic management.
  • Evaluate the program performance for ongoing improvement.
Admission Requirements

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

  • Baccalaureate degree with Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in and occupational health, industrial hygiene, environmental health or closely 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 Health and Safety Management requires a total of 42 credits that include:

SPHTM - Core/Foundational 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 Occupation Health and Safety Management - Required Courses (17 Credits)

  • TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease (3) OR SPHL 6020 Foundations in Public Health (3)
  • GEHS 6540 Occupational Health (3)
  • GEHS 7230 Fundamentals of Project Management (3)
  • GEHS 7240 Applying Systems Thinking to  EH&S (3)
  • GEHS 7260 Financial Aspects of EH&S (3)
  • GEHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Compliance (2)

Elective Courses (10 credits)

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

Applied Practice Experience (SPHL 9980)

The Applied Practice Experience (APE) (formerly practicum) is a supervised practice experience conducted in an agency or organization external to the university to gain practical experience. The APE allows students to demonstrate attainment of program and public health competencies, and will include at least three from the foundational public health competencies (CEPH Criterion D2) and two competencies from their program of study. The APE is conducted after completion of the foundational courses. Mid-career students may do a Leadership applied practice experience, a Quality Improvement applied practice experience, or a Workplace applied practice experience.

More information can be found in the APE Handbook. Students should contact Kathy Carneiro to discuss APE requirements the semester before they intend to graduate.

Integrated Learning Experience (SPHL 7950)

All students must complete an Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) (formerly culminating experience) that demonstrates the synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies. Students in the MPH in Occupational Health and Safety Management program will conduct a public health analysis (PHA). Students will select a topic in consultation with their academic advisor.

More information can be found in the ILE Handbook.  Students should contact Kathy Carneiro to discuss the ILE requirements the semester before they intend to graduate.  

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