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University of Colorado Denver

Center for Global Health respiratory

Master of Public Health

Global Public Health - Environmental and Occupational Health

​The Master of Public Health concentration in Global Public Health - Environmental and Occupational Health provides students with a public health perspective of globalization and global health issues, programs and best practices; and trains students to use public health methods to address global health challenges.  Students gain depth in the area of environmental and occupational health, in which students are trained to identify critical environmental exposures and occupational diseases, develop environmental policy and legislation, combat urban sprawl, and mitigate disasters.

As part of the MPH program, students are required to complete the core program curriculum including a practicum and captsone projects. Capstone projects should incorporate applied biostatistics and a global component. 


Like other MPH concentrations, applicants are required to apply for admission to the program through the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Applicants are also required to meet the minimum standards for MPH program admission. Click here to review the complete MPH admissions requirements and instructions.


Required MPH Core Credits:    17
Applied Biostatistics I BIOS 6601 3
Epidemiology EPID 6630 3
Occupational & Environmental Health EHOH 6614 3

Social and Behavioral Factors and Health  

CBHS 6610


Health Systems & Management HSMP 6601 3
Foundations in Public Health PUBH 6600 2
Required Environmental and Occupational Health Courses:   12
Environmental Health Policy & Practice EHOH 6618 3
Environmental Exposures & Health Effects EHOH 6619 3
And Two of the following Three Courses:
Environmental & Occupational Toxicology* EHOH 6616 3
Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology* ​EHOH 6617 3

Risk Assessment & Decision Making*

        *Students are required to take 2 of these 3 courses as part of the EOH

          core. If all 3 are taken, the 3rd may be applied to elective credit.

EHOH 6620



Environmental and Occupational Global Public Health Electives: 3-5
GIS for Public Health Research and Practice EHOH 6621 3
​Publi Health Emergency Preparedness ​EHOH 6622 ​3
Infectious Disease, Environmental Contexts EHOH 6624 3
​Water Quality and Public Health ​EHOH 6627 ​3
Health Protection Health Promotion in the Workplace ​EHOH 6628 ​2
​Introduction to Occupational Safety and Ergonomics ​EHOH 6629 ​2
​Disasters, Climate Change and Health ​EHOH 6710 ​3
Required Global Public Health Courses: 7-9
Public Health in the Global Community​ ​CBHS 6619 3​
Geographic Perspectives on Global Health​ ​EHOH 6623 ​1
​Global Public Health Electives (see list below) ​3-5
Practice Based Learning: 4
Practicum 2
Capstone Project 2
Total Program Credits: 45

Global Public Health Electives

Students may not use the same course to fulfill more than one requirement.

  • CBHS 6622 l Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6623 | Nutrition in the Global Community (2 credits)
  • CBHS 6629 | Health and Human Rights (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6632 | Public Health in the Caribbean and Latin America (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6633 | Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6621 | GIS for Public Health Research and Practice (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6624 l Infectious Disease, Environmental Contexts (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6627 l Water Quality and Public Health (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6633 | International Travel and Health (1 credit)
  • EHOH 6710 l Disasters, Climate Change and Health (3 credits)
  • EPID 6624 | Public Health Surveillance (2 credits)
  • EPID 6635 | Communicable Disease Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • EPID 6638 l Global Cardiovascular Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • EPID 6640 | Investigation of Disease Outbreaks (2 credits)
  • EPID 6641 l Foodborne & Diarrheal Disease Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • EPID 6670 | Epidemiology and the Prevention of TB/HIV/STDs (2 credits)
  • EPID 6670 l Global Health and Disaster (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6602 | Health Equity (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6608 | Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6615 | Global Health Policy Issues (2 credits)

 Concentration Competencies


Competencies for Students Concentrating in Environmental and Occupational Health


MPH Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration (CN) Competencies


Apply the range of epidemiologic methods in the analysis of environmentally determined health and the strengths and limitations of these methods.


Specify appropriate monitoring and other field methods for addressing environmental & occupational health problems.


Describe the dynamics of ecosystems and how they affect the movement of toxic agents in the environment and mediate related risks for human disease as well the quality of air, water, and climate.


Describe important current and emerging environmental health problems and variations in health risks across the global landscape.


Define the principles of sustainability and apply these principles in the development of solutions to environmental and occupational health problems.


Apply basic skills in geographic information systems (GIS) technology in the evaluation of environmental health problems.


Describe theoretical models and frameworks, that inform the health, safety, and wellness of workers and related systems-level environmental and policy interventions designed to protect and promote worker health.


Identify the uses of biomarkers in evaluating exposures, health effects and susceptibility to environmental and occupational disease.


Explain the scientific characteristics, including exposure and mode of action, of major biological, chemical, physical hazards that result in human health risk.


Describe the policy framework that shapes environmental health at the federal, state and local levels and the historic and current decision-making processes that inform this framework.

Additional Competencies for Students Concentrating in Global Public Health - Environmental and Occupational Health


MPH Global Health Plus Concentration (CN) Competencies


Describe and analyze the determinants and the globalization of health as well as the health status of a given jurisdiction using credible data sources.


Describe contemporary and historic global health issues, programs, best practices and players.


Apply critical thinking to the political, economic and ethical issues in global health.


Identify and recommend public health field methods in the global arena and their correct application.

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