Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology

Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology 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. The curriculum emphasizes both, comprising epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, basic sciences, exposure measurement, toxicology, biology, and environmental health. Students may focus in one of three components: exposures related to cancer, exposures related to injury, or epidemiologic methods.

Graduates of the program will have the knowledge and skills needed to identify the causes of occupational related diseases, and how to improve the overall health of working populations.

This degree is available in an MPH, MS, or PhD. See the tabs below to further explore these options.

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The specific objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide an academic curriculum to develop a strong methodological foundation for epidemiologic research in working populations, including an understanding of modern epidemiologic theory, applied epidemiologic methods, and advanced statistical methods for analysis.
  • Provide a framework to integrate the fundamentals of the methods of epidemiology, both theoretical and applied, to the study of working populations and the work environment and to incorporate environmental systems concepts such as the exposome and metabolome into epidemiologic research.
  • Provide opportunities to develop scientific research capability, including hypothesis development, study design, data collection and analysis, interpretation, and communication.
  • Develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of occupational and environmental epidemiology and the importance of incorporating other disciplines into their work.
  • Create a sustainable and diverse training program with mechanisms for continuous improvement.

Why Minnesota?

  • Multidisciplinary: The School of Public Health is located within the Academic Health Center, comprising the medical school, dental school, school of nursing, college of veterinary medicine, and college of pharmacy. This placement provides unequaled opportunities to interact with students in multiple other public health disciplines as well as those in other health professions.
  • Faculty: The diversity of faculty with robust research programs provides opportunities for research experience in a broad array of areas in occupational and environmental epidemiology.
  • Funding: Home to several long-funded centers for education and research, the program is soundly endorsed by NIOSH and provides stipends and tuition assistance for students in the program.

Application Deadline

Scholarship Consideration Deadline: December 1
Final Deadline: June 15

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