Public Health, MPH (Environmental and Occupational Health)

Master of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    42
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $580.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $580.00

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The online Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health degree program 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.

Potential career paths for graduates of this online program 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
Risto Rautiainen, Ph.D.
Professor

Risto Rautiainen's research interests include agricultural and occupational health and safety, intervention effectiveness research, injury epidemiology, agricultural safety engineering, health and safety training, education, and outreach, economics of occupational health and safety and risk management. He is principle investigator of the NIOSH-funded Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, and directs the community engagement portion of UNMC's IDeA-CTR grant.

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.

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Taken the GRE. A GRE waiver may be accepted if the student meets specific requirements and is approved by the program. Contact an adviser for more information.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

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
October 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 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 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 514Planning and Evaluation3

Course Number: CPH 514

Description to come

CPH 528Service Learning for MPH3

Course Number: CPH 528

A community-based experience, designed to provide students with firsthand, scholarly, supervised experience in a practice setting. This experience augments the academic course work, meets actual community needs, and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply/test knowledge, principles and skills acquired through classroom instruction. Students will demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice. Prerequisite: CPH 505 Applied Research in Public Health, CPH 517 Design of Medical Health Studies. Students must complete all core and concentration area courses, be within 12 hours of graduation (including the 6 hours of service learning/capstone experience), and be in good academic standing to start the Service-Learning/Capstone Experience (SL/CE).

CPH 529MPH Capstone Experience3

Course Number: CPH 529

A community-based experience, designed to provide students with firsthand, scholarly, supervised experience in a practice setting. This experience augments the academic course work, meets actual community needs and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply/test knowledge, principles and skills acquired through classroom instruction. Students will demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice. Prerequisite: CPH 505 Applied Research in Public Health, CPH 517 Design of Medical Health Studies. Students must complete all core and concentration area courses, be within 12 hours of graduation (including the 6 hours of service learning/capstone experience), and be in good academic standing to start the Service-Learning/Capstone Experience (SL/CE).

CPH 539Public Health: Leadership and Advocacy3

Course Number: CPH 539

This course incorporates public health leadership theory and practices, which are grounded in biomedical and social science and sanctioned by public law. Politics of communities and organizations is also included. Advocacy is emphasized as a key tool to secure funding and to help assure that local, state, and federal policy makers will adopt, implement and maintain important public health regulations, policies and programs.

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 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.

CPH 598Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene3

Course Number: CPH 598

The course revolves around the art and science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling workplace conditions that may cause worker injury or illness. Students will become familiar with basic terminology, calculation methods, essential concepts and key principles involved in the practice of Industrial Hygiene.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Elective Requirements6

Course Number:

Elective requirements are selected in consultation with a student's academic advisor and allow the student to gain further knowledge and skills in areas of interest to the student.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $651.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1953.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $651.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1953.75
Note: In addition to the fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $200 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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