The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health online degree program, offered through University of Nebraska Medical Center, is designed for students and working professionals looking to broaden their training in environmental health, occupational health, toxicology and related fields.
The Public Health, MPH Environmental and Occupational Health concentration provides students with:
Career outlook: The environmental and occupational health industries offer the opportunity to work in an array of fields. The wide variety of careers in these industries may often involve a substantial amount of field work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow by 9% from 2014 to 2024.
Career paths may include:
Aaron Yoder's research interest is in improving the health of workers in agriculture and related industries through science based research, product development and outreach. His specific interests are in the research and development of sound ergonomic and human factors principles and technologies that will lead to healthier and safer workers in agriculture and related industries through the reduction of hazards associated with these types of injuries.
You must have 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed. You must have successfully completed the following courses: two semesters of biology, two semesters of chemistry, one semester of physics, and one semester of college-level math
(Only required if English is not your native language)
|Foundations of Public Health||3|
Course Number: CPH 500
This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work.
Course Number: CPH 501
The purpose of this course is to study the theoretical foundations of health behavior. Students will develop an understanding of the determinants of health behavior, the models and theories that provide a framework for predicting health behavior, and the strategies employed to bring about behavioral changes for health and disease prevention in individuals and groups.
|Health Services Administration||3|
Course Number: CPH 502
This is a survey course designed to be an introduction to the management of health services organizations and systems in the United States. Specifically, this course will introduce students to the types of health services organizations and health systems in the United States, the context surrounding the administration of these organizations and delivery of health care services, and the skills needed to manage a health services organization within this setting.
|Public Health Environment and Society||3|
Course Number: CPH 503
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to environmental factors, including biological, physical, and chemical factors, which affect the health of a community. The main focus of the course will be the effects of exposures that have been associated with human health and environmental problems in the Midwest, specifically water and air pollutants related to animal feeding operations, arsenic in ground water, pesticides, herbicides, lead, and radiation. The effects of global warming, ergonomic problems in the meat packing industry, and occupational and environmental problems in health care will also be discussed.
|Epidemiology in Public Health||3|
Course Number: CPH 504
The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.
|Applied Research in Public Health||3|
Course Number: CPH 505
This course will assist students to develop the basic skills to conduct applied research to address contemporary problems in public health. The course will emphasize proposal writing, data collection, research design, statistical analysis, computer application, and writing of research reports. Unique problems associated with data collection in public health settings such as public health departments, neighborhood health centers, and community-based organizations will be addressed. Both quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Considerable emphasis is placed on evaluation of public health research published in scholarly publications. A research proposal/capstone service- learning proposal is written as one of the course requirements.
Course Number: CPH 506
Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate statistics course or permission of instructor. This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies.
|Elements of Industrial Safety for Health Sciences||3|
Course Number: CPH 590
This course is an introduction to safety in the general work environment, with emphasis on selected OSHA safety regulations, human costs of injuries, safety programs and management, field trip work observations, risk assessment, and hazard/risk communications. No previous experience or coursework in safety is required. Prerequisites: ENV 892/CPH 503 or equivalent introductory environmental health sciences course; instructor permission.
|Principles of Occupational and Environmental Health||3|
Course Number: CPH 593
This course is designed to allow students to develop an understanding of the human health outcomes associated with environmental and occupational exposures. Students will learn how key issues in environmental health and environmental and occupational medicine are approached from a public health perspective. Prerequisites: ENV 892/CPH 503 or equivalent introductory environmental health sciences course; instructor permission.
|Environmental Exposure Assessment||3|
Course Number: CPH 594
The course will allow students to develop their understanding and knowledge of exposure assessment methods and the application of these methods to substantive issues in occupational and environmental health. The course emphasizes methodological principles and good practice, and highlights the many similarities and some interesting differences between occupational and environmental health. Prerequisites: ENV 892/CPH 503 or equivalent introductory environmental health sciences course; BIOS 806/CPH 506 or equivalent introductory biostatistics course; instructor permission.
|Principles of Toxicology||3|
Course Number: CPH 597
This course will introduce students to the principles and methods that are used to determine whether an adverse effect is a result of exposure to a specific agent. A primary purpose of toxicology is to predict human toxicity, and human health risk assessment relies heavily on toxicological data obtained from animal studies. This course covers basic mechanisms of toxicity as they pertain to whole organisms, organ systems, and specific toxic agents.
|Special Topics in Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health: Mixed Methods Research||3|
Course Number: HPRO 998
The course designed for graduate students MPH and PhD students in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research and other graduate students. This course focuses on mixed methods as a distinct research design that includes the collection and analysis of both qualitative and qualitative data in a project. Topics include the rationale for using mixed methods, philosophical assumptions, types of mixed methods designs, and approaches used to integrate qualitative and quantitative data into a project. Prerequisites: BIOS806/CPH506 Biostatistics I or equivalent course
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.