Environmental Health Track

Recommended Prerequisites

The MPH Program requires that students applying to the Environmental Health Track have completed either undergraduate or graduate level courses in General Biology (8 credits); General Chemistry (8 credits); Introduction to Physics (with a lab) OR Geological Sciences (8 credits); General College Mathematics (preferably pre-calculus level) OR Statistics (3 credits).

Recommended Sequence of Courses

1st Year MPH-610: Introduction to Public Health Practice (3 credits) MPH-613: Principles of Environmental Health (3 credits) MPH-767: Introduction to Public Health Project Methods (2 credits)
  MPH-611: Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits) MPH-614: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) ENVH-602: Environmental Health Administration and Law (3 credits)
  MPH-612: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) MPHE-615: Public Health Administration and Management (3 credits)  ENVH Elective (3 credits)
2nd Year MPH-768: Practicum (2 credits)

MPH-771: Capstone Seminar (2 credits)

  ENVH-566: Environmental Risk Assessment & Decision Analysis (3 credits)

ENVH-643: Principles of Toxicology (3 credits)

  ENVH Elective (3 credits) ENVH Elective (3 credits)  

Core and Culminating Requirements (24 Credit Hours)

All MPH graduate students are required to take the following courses:

MPH-610: Introduction to Public Health Practice (3 credit hours)
MPH-611: Social & Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 credit hours)
MPH-612: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
MPH-613: Principles of Environmental Health Science (3 credit hours)
MPH-614: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
MPH-615: Public Health Administration & Management (3 credit hours)
MPH-767: Introduction to Project Methods (2 credit hours)
MPH-768: Community Practicum (2 credit hours)
MPH-771: Capstone Seminar (2 credit hours)

Track Required Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Students in this track are required to take the following Environmental Health Track core courses:

ENVH-602: Environmental Health Administration and the Law (3 credit hours)
ENVH-643: Principles of Toxicology (3 credit hours)
ENVH-566: Environmental Risk Assessment and Decision Analysis (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Students in this track are required to take 9 credits of Environmental Health electives:

ENVH-501: Occupational Health (3 credit hours)
ENVH-502: Environmental Health Administration and Law (3 credit hours)
ENVH-506: Principles of Occupational Safety and Health (3 credit hours)
ENVH-507: Occupational Safety Standards, Laws and Regulations (3 credit hours)
ENVH-520: Communicable Diseases and Their Control (3 credit hours)
ENVH-521: Food Safety (3 credit hours)
ENVH-522: Water and Wastewater Technology (3 credit hours)
ENVH-523: Vector Control (3 credit hours)
ENVH-525: Occupational Safety and Health Program Management (3 credit hours)
ENVH-526: Physical Hazards and Their Control (3 credit hours)
ENVH-540: Principles of Ergonomics (3 credit hours)
ENVH-541: Industrial Hygiene (3 credit hours)
ENVH-542: Sampling and Analysis Laboratory (2 credit hours)
ENVH-545: Air Pollution and Its Control (3 credit hours)
ENVH-546: Physical Hazards Laboratory (2 credit hours)
ENVH-548: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
ENVH-561: Hazardous Waste Management (3 credit hours)
ENVH-603: Environmental Epidemiology (3 credit hours)

Educational Format

The educational program includes 42 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three Terms per year. Full-time students are expected to take six credits in the summer term and nine credits in the fall and spring terms. With this schedule, the required 42 credit hours can be completed in two years.  Part-time students are required to complete the degree within 6 years of their start date, and may take one or more courses per semester, as desired. All students are paired with an Academic Advisor.

Many MPH core courses, Environmental Health courses, and the culminating courses are available through distance learning.  These courses are presented in either a televised, video streamed, hybrid, or web-based format. 

Career Opportunities

The rapid changes occurring in both the private and public sectors of healthcare have continued to support a need for qualified professionals to manage complex institutions, organizations and delivery systems. Opportunities exist in mid- to executive-level management positions in hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, home-health agencies, insurance companies, managed-care organizations, government agencies, consulting firms, professional organizations and international agencies. In particular demand are professionals with skills in cost containment, marketing, finance and economics, administration of long-term care agencies, quality control, technology and data assessment, and service delivery in developing countries.

Class Location

Classes are held in the evenings or on Saturdays, to accommodate working professionals. Classes are taught on the campuses of Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia. Many of the courses are offered with a distance learning option, with some televised to various ODU remote sites.