Public Health, MPH (Environmental and Occupational Health)

Master of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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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:

  • The opportunity to explore how the physical environment effects one's health
  • Basic knowledge in ecological, environmental, toxicology and agricultural and occupational health
  • A broad understanding of relevant problems in the various areas of ecological health, environmental health, occupational health, and safety or toxicology with particular emphasis on agriculture
  • The ability to apply this information to important problems in these areas such as pollution, air health, water quality and home/work environments

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:

  • Occupational and environmental health and safety professionals
  • Air quality specialist
  • Environmental health professional
  • Environmental sanitation engineer
  • Public education outreach
  • OSHA compliance officers
  • Disaster management professionals
  • Groundwater protection
  • Environmental health program specialists
  • Safety officers
  • Director of health institutes

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in addition to Higher Learning Commission accreditation
Aaron Yoder, PhD
Assistant Professor

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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    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

  4. Taken the GRE

  5. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

  7. 3 letters of recommendation

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY and NC, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete the online application. Use "School Designation" section in online application to select program and area of concentration you wish to apply
  • Submit application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 1
Spring Semester
August 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3

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.

CPH 501Health Behavior3

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.

CPH 502Health Services Administration3

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.

CPH 503Public Health Environment and Society3

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.

CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3

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.

CPH 505Applied Research in Public Health3

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.

CPH 506Biostatistics I3

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.

CPH 590Elements of Industrial Safety for Health Sciences3

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.

CPH 593Principles of Occupational and Environmental Health3

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.

CPH 594Environmental Exposure Assessment3

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.

CPH 597Principles of Toxicology3

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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HPRO 998Special Topics in Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health: Mixed Methods Research3

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

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $631.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1893.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $631.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1893.75
Note: In addition to the fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $150 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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