Global Environmental Health Track

The environment - both natural and man-made - can have a huge impact on people’s health. The focus of the 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 Prerequisites

Applicants to the Environmental Health Track should hold a bachelor's degree that includes at least 3 credits of college-level statistics/mathematics and some college-level coursework in the basic sciences (such as biology and chemistry).

Course Sequence | Educational Format | Career Opportunities

Full Time Course Sequence

Year 1

Fall Semester | 10 Credits  

MPH 600 Introduction to Public Health  1 Credit
MPH 611 Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health  3 Credits
MPH 612 Statistical Reasoning for Public Health  3 Credits
MPHE615 Public Health Administration and Management  3 Credits 

Spring Semester | 9 Credits  

MPH 613 Principles of Environmental Health Science   3 Credits
MPH 614  Principles of Epidemiology   3 Credits 
MPH 779 Introduction to Research Methods  3 Credits

Summer Semester | 6 Credits  

ENVH 602 Environmental Health Law and Policy 3 Credits
*Elective   3 Credits

Year 2  

Fall Semester | 9 Credits  

HLSC 776 Global Health  3 Credits
ENVH 566 Environmental Risk Assessment & Decision Analysis  3 Credits
*Elective    3 Credits

Spring Semester | 9 Credits

MPH 750 Community Practicum  3 Credits
MPH 770 Capstone Seminar  3 Credits
*Elective    3 Credits

*Fall Electives

ENVH 595 Special Topics - Environmental Emergencies & Disasters  3 Credits
ENVH 520 Communicable Diseases and Their Control  3 Credits
ENVH 545 Air Pollution and Its Control  3 Credits
ENVH 561 Hazardous Waste Management  3 Credits

*Spring Electives

HLSC 778 Global Environmental Health  3 Credits
ENVH 521 Food Safety  3 Credits
ENVH 522 Water and Wastewater Technology  3 Credits
ENVH 523 Vector Control  3 Credits
ENVH643 Principles of Toxicology  3 Credits

*Summer Electives

ENVH603 Environmental Epidemiology  3 Credits
ENVH 795 Topics in Environmental Health: Exposure Risk Assessment  3 Credits
*Other courses approved by faculty advisor

Educational Format

The educational program includes 43 total credit hours. Classes are taught in three terms per year (fall, spring, summer). Full-time students are expected to take 6 credits in the summer term and 9 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.

Classes are taught online and on-campus in the evenings on the campuses of Eastern Virginia Medical School or Old Dominion University to accommodate working professionals. Distance learning options are presented either in an asynchronous web-based or live video-streamed format.

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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.

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