Environmental Health Academic Programs

An Environmental Health degree addresses environmental and occupational health concerns as they relate to public health in Minnesota, the US, and around the globe.

Depending on the concentration, an MPH, MS, or PhD option may be available.

Many of our master’s students start in the Environmental Health General Program as a foundation for their education, and then choose a concentration to focus their studies and further develop their skills in specific areas.

SPH Student Guidebook (PDF)

Environmental Health General Program

Develop a broad foundation in environmental health, and explore your own interests with numerous elective credits. You may start in the General Program program and move to one of the concentrations listed below, or focus on the General Program throughout your degree. MPH or MS options.


Environmental Chemistry
Explore the interactions of pollutants with air, water, and soil, and their exposures to humans and wildlife. MS and PhD options.

Environmental Infectious Diseases
Examine the emergence of food borne and infectious diseases. MPH, MS, and PhD options.

Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology
Identify factors that cause and prevent disease within the environment and workplace and investigate ways to prevent and mitigate harm. MPH, MS, and PhD options.

Exposure Sciences
Study methods for the identification, measurement and simulation of human exposure and dose resulting from multimedia environmental exposures. MS option.

Global Environmental Health
Examine global health from a public health perspective, including analyzing issues around water and air quality, food safety, industrialization, and deforestation. MPH and MS options.

Industrial Hygiene
Anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control health and safety hazards in workplaces while considering impacts on surrounding communities and the general environment. MPH, MS, and PhD options.

Injury and Violence Prevention and Control
A multifaceted epidemiological approach to training that enables identification of potential causal factors and strategies to prevent and control workplace and other injuries. Occupational Injury Prevention Research TrainingPhD option.

Molecular and Systems Toxicology
Investigate how humans respond and adapt to their environment, and study how laboratory research in toxicology is applied to protect human health. PhD option.

Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing
Intensive training for nurses interested in the development, management and evaluation of health services, programs and policies that promote health and prevent work-related injuries and disease. MPH and PhD options.

Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Trains physicians to improve the health and safety of workers. MPH option.

Occupational Health Services Research & Policy
Evaluate workplace policies and programs designed to reduce to nation’s burden of occupational illness and injury. PhD option.

Regulatory Toxicology & Risk Assessment
Think analytically about the biochemical mechanisms of toxicity and how toxicology is used to protect human health. MPH and MS options.