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Master of Public Health - Environmental & Occupational Health

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

The Department of Environmental & Occupational Health (EOH) focuses on preventing environmental and occupational health-related diseases and promoting health through education, research, and professional and community service. Our programs prepare students to contemplate the causes and consequences of the full range of hazards that affect human health and the ways in which public health professionals can intervene to improve the environment where people live, work, and play.

As an environmental and occupational health student, you'll learn to:

  • Characterize the human health effects of major environmental and occupational hazards.
  • Determine the population(s) with a high risk of exposure to EOH hazards and analyze their sources, pathways, and routes of exposure.
  • Prevent and control EOH hazards and design appropriate interventions.
  • Synthesize policy and practice to help solve health-related problems.
  • Utilize participatory strategies to address the unequal distribution of hazards in the environment.
  • Advocate for justice, cleanliness, and safety in environments where people live, work, and play.

To be successful as a Master of Public Health in Environmental & Occupational Health, you should have a background in health or natural sciences. Previous coursework in chemistry, biology, statistics, and/or geographic information systems is recommended. 


Course Highlight

Worksite Health & Health Protection
Professor: Lee Newman

Explore different industries in which you can promote worksite wellness through research and learning about the experiences and advice of business leaders and experts in the field. Workplace health is just one of the many important areas of study in which our students are exposed and produce solutions.

Course ID Course Name ​Credits
Required MPH Core Courses (17 credits)
BIOS 6601
Applied Biostatistics I 3
​EPID 6630 ​Epidemiology ​3
​EHOH 6614 ​Environmental & Occupational Health ​3
CBHS 6610​ ​Social & Behavioral Factors & Health ​3
HSMP 6601​ ​Health Systems Management Polic​y ​3
​PUBH 6600 ​Foundations in Public Health ​2
​Required Concentration Courses (12 credits)
EHOH 6618 ​Environmental Health Policy & Practice ​3
​EHOH 6619 Environmental Exposure & Health Effects ​3
Choose two of the seven options:
​EHOH 6616 Environmental & Occupational Toxicology 3
EHOH 6617 Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology ​3
EHOH 6620 Risk Assessment & Decision Making ​3
EHOH 6628 Health Protection/Promotion in the Workplace ​3
​EHOH 6629/EHOH 6636 ​Intro to Occupational Safety & Ergonomics ​2/3
​EHOH 6635 ​Climate Change and Health ​3
​EHOH 6638 ​Communication Skills Public Health Impact ​3
​Electives ​ ​9
PUBH 6606 ​Practicum ​2
​EHOH 6990 ​Capstone Preparation ​1
​PUBH 6991 ​Capstone Integration ​1
​​Total ​ ​42

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 Concentration Competencies

Identifier MPH Environmental and Occupational Health ​Concentration (EHOH) Competencies
MPH-EHOH 1​ Specify appropriate monitoring and other field methods for addressing environmental and occupational health problems.
MPH-EHOH 2 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 as the quality of aire, water, and soil.
MPH-EHOH 3 Describe important current and emerging environmental health problems and variations in health risks across the global landscape.
MPH-EHOH 4 Define the principles of sustainability and apply these principles in the development of solutions to environmental and occupational health problems.
MPH-EHOH 5 Apply basic skills in geographic information systems (GIS) technology in the evaluation of environmental health problems.
MPH-EHOH 6 Apply theoretical frameworks or empirical evidence to recommend environmental and policy interventions to improve the health, safety, and well-being of workers.
MPH-EHOH 7 Identify the uses of biomarkers in evaluating exposures, health effects and susceptibility to environmental and occupational disease.
MPH-EHOH 8 Explain the scientific characteristics, including exposure and mode of action, of major biological, chemical, physical hazards that result in human health risk.
MPH-EHOH 9 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.

Did you Know?
The Colorado School of Public health offers a joint Master of Public Health/Master of Urban & Regional Planning. In this dual degree program, you'll study the interconnections between health, work, and the built environment.

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