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.

The Division of Environmental Health Sciences offers Masters in Public Health (MPH), Masters of Science (MS) and PhD program options across a number of specialty areas and concentrations, allowing you to customize your degree.

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 option.

Concentrations

Environmental Infectious Diseases
Examine the emergence of air borne, food borne, vector borne and sexually transmitted infectious diseases, and what interventions reduce their prevalence.  From basic principles of infection control to predicting the impact of emerging infections, this program will explore the environmental factors associated with infectious diseases. MPH, MS and PhD options

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

Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology
Identify factors that cause diseases and injuries within the environment and workplace, in order to promote disease prevention. This area of study strives to understand the causal impact of environment and occupation on human health. The study of environmental and occupational epidemiology requires knowledge of both disease and exposure. MPH, MS and PhD options

Regulatory Toxicology and Risk Assessment
The Regulatory Toxicology and Risk Assessment program teaches students to think analytically about the biochemical mechanisms of toxicity, how toxicology is used to protect human health through laboratory research, and the development of sound environmental policy and regulations.  The curriculum emphasizes the application of basic sciences to toxicology and disease prediction and prevention. MPH and MS options

Molecular and Systems Toxicology
This transdisciplinary program emphasizes a new perspective on the study of how humans, as complex heterogeneous biological systems, respond and adapt to their environment. The emphasis of the program will be toxicology as systems biology with a focus on mechanisms of toxicant-caused diseases. PhD option

Occupational & Environmental Medicine
The Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) residency program is a partnership of the School of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences and HealthPartners’ Institute for Education and Research.  OEM produces physicians who improve the health and safety of workers and who are future leaders in the field. MPH option

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

Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training
A multifaceted approach to training, with an emphasis on preventing and controlling workplace injuries. PhD option

Occupational Health Services Research & Policy
This program prepares researchers to meet the demand for more rigorous evaluation of workplace policies and programs designed to reduce the nation’s burden of occupational illness and injury and to protect and promote the well-being of the workforce. PhD option

Industrial Hygiene
The Industrial Hygiene program focuses on the health and safety of people at work, the community at large, and the environment. Specific concerns are with the recognition, evaluation, and control of potential workplace hazards, including chemical, physical, and biological agents. MPH, MS, and PhD options

Environmental Chemistry
The Environmental Chemistry program examines the interactions of pollutants with air, water, and soil, and their exposures to humans and wildlife. The curriculum emphasizes the processes that control chemical behavior, transport, and fate as a function of environmental factors and chemical properties. MS and PhD options

Exposure Sciences
Students will receive training on various aspects of exposure analysis such as measurements and modeling; chemical, biological, and physical principles required to analyze human exposure from single and multiple routes; mechanisms of exposure; development of molecular biomarkers; and genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic metrics that assess exposure in the context of health effects. MS option