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MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health

Offered On Campus in Tucson

The MPH degree in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) is offered by the Department of Community, Environment and Policy. There are two tracks available for students to pursue: Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) and Industrial Hygiene (IH).

Both tracks prepare individuals to evaluate and control health risks posed to communities and workers by chemical, biological contaminants, and physical exposures. The EOH track provides greater flexibility in selection of electives and emphasis areas, and requires 42 credit hours for completion. The IH track provides a greater focus on worker protection. Additional courses are required.

Our faculty has expertise in: occupational safety, toxicology, occupational medicine, ergonomics, epidemiology, microbiology, environmental science, environmental modeling and engineering, exposure and risk assessment. As a part of their coursework, students complete both a field-based internship and a research project. Students will work with their faculty advisor to develop their individualized plan of study to best meet their professional goals. The IH track provides a greater focus on worker protection. Additional courses are required and the track requires 45 credit hours.

Accreditation Update: We are transitioning our MPH Environmental and Occupational Health – Industrial Hygiene (IH) program accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) to Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). However, our MPH-IH program will be ABET-certified until September 30th, 2020. All MPH-IH students who graduate before September 30th, 2020 will graduate with an ABET accredited MPH-IH degree.

The CEPH and ABET accreditations overlap substantially in the field of Industrial Hygiene. It is more efficient for the College and the Department to use only one accreditation. We are consulting with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) on this issue so we can tailor the educational experience to accommodate future graduates to have similar benefits as the ABET accreditation program.


Environmental and Occupational Health MPH Concentration Competencies

Environmental and Occupational Health MPH Concentration Competencies - IH Track

Required Core Courses for both tracks (16 units)

Required EOH Courses for both tracks (17 units)

Required for the Industrial Hygiene (IH) Track (minimum 12 units)

Elective Courses for the Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Track (minimum 9 units)

Related Emphasis Areas

Graduate Certificate in Water Policy

Total MPH Minimum Credit Requirements

Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Track= 42 units

Industrial Hygiene (IH) Track = 45 units

Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines

Priority:  January 5

Secondary:  April 1

Final: June 1 for US applicants only

Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA
  • One course in college-level introductory, human, or general biology
  • One course in college algebra or calculus
  • Additional Environmental Health track requirements/recommendations:  One year of general/inorganic chemistry required. Strongly recommend calculus I and II, organic chemistry, and physics.
  • Additional Industrial Hygiene track requirements:  Require calculus I and II, general/inorganic chemistry I and II, organic chemistry, and physics.
  • Two letters of recommendation (up to five letters can be submitted)
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Mission and values statement
  • GRE or MCAT scores (some waivers apply, see detailed admissions criteria)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants
  • Relevant work/volunteer experience strengthens all applications
  • Detailed admissions criteria

How to Apply

Apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for all of the accredited schools and programs of public health.

View more details on the steps to our application process.

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Typical time to completion: 2 years full-time students, 3-4 years part-time students.

Average time to completion: 2.07

Program Steps to Completion (Full-time student timeline):

  • Attend mandatory new student orientation
  • First year is devoted to course work
  • Attend fall and spring semester MPH Internship Conference
  • Each Spring, complete an Annual Progress Report with Faculty Mentor
  • Second year is devoted to coursework and Internship project
  • 3rd semester, determine internship project, form Internship Committee and complete all planning items
  • Complete two interprofessional education (IPE) activities before graduation
  • Fourth semester, successfully complete and present internship project at Internship Conference, and submit final internship and graduation items.

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