Global Environmental Health Track

The environment – both natural and human-made -- can have a huge impact on people’s health. The focus of the newly-designed Global Environmental Health track is on understanding and addressing important environmental health challenges in the U.S. and around the globe. Featuring an exciting curriculum with several new courses, the Global Environmental Health track familiarizes students with a broad range of 21st century issues at the local, national, and international levels. These include children’s environmental health, food safety and foodborne illness, air and water quality, disaster preparedness and response, hazardous materials and environmental contaminants, environmental health policy, environmental hazards and vulnerable populations, risk assessment, risk management, sea-level rise and climate change, and risk communication.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

1st Year Introduction to Public Health Practice (1 credit) Principles of Environmental Health (3 credits) Environmental Health Administration & Law (3 credits)
  Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits) Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) Elective (3 credits)
  Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits)  
  Public Health Administration and Management (3 credits)    
2nd Year Environmental Risk Assessment & Decision Analysis (3 credits)

Practicum (3 credits)

  Global Health (3 credits) Capstone (3 credits)  
  Elective (3 credits) Elective (3 credits)  


Core Requirements (25 Credit Hours)

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

  • Introduction to Public Health Practice (1 credit hours)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
  • Principles of Environmental Health Science (3 credit hours)
  • Principles of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
  • Public Health Administration & Management (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • Community Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)

Track Required Courses (9 Credit Hours)

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

ENVH-602: Environmental Health Administration and the Law (3 credit hours)
ENVH-566: Environmental Risk Assessment and Decision Analysis (3 credit hours)
HLSC-776: Global Health (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

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-545: Air Pollution and Its Control (3 credit hours)
ENVH-561: Hazardous Waste Management (3 credit hours)
ENVH-595: Special Topics - Environmental Emergencies and Disasters (3 credit hours)
ENVH-603: Environmental Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
ENVH-643: Principles of Toxicology (3 credit hours)
ENVH-795: Exposure Assessment (3 credit hours)
GEOG-502: Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours)
GEOG-532: Advanced GIS (3 credit hours)
HLSC-746: Global Environmental Health (3 credit hours)
Other elective course as approved by faculty advisor.

Educational Format

The educational program includes 43 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 spring and fall terms. With this schedule, the required 43 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, track courses, electives, and the culminating courses have a distance learning option.  These courses are presented in either a televised, video streamed, hybrid, or asynchronous web-based format.


Career Opportunities

For individuals with little or no previous background in public health, an MPH with a concentration in Global Environmental Health provides an ideal option for entering a rewarding career field. The Global Environmental Health track is also good choice for current public health professionals who wish to earn an advanced degree for increased career mobility or to update professional skills and competencies. Whether a new graduate, a professional currently working in the public health sector, or someone desiring a career change, MPH graduates in Global Environmental Health can choose a variety of career paths in government, the uniformed services, non-profit organizations, the private sector and international organizations.

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.