MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences

Students majoring in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences in the MPH program will gain the practical skills needed to understand occupational and environmental processes, assess their health consequences and develop ways to address and resolve them. Graduates often continue their graduate education at the doctoral level or begin a career as consultants, researchers or public health practitioners addressing such issues as environmental pollution related to air, water and waste, occupational health hazards, and work-related injury. 

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Learning Goals

  • Compile the environmental and socio-economic elements of sustaining a healthy environment and societal well-being as an environmental practitioner.  
  • Summarize specific human health hazards in various environmental media and systems. 
  • Assess methodologies of primary and secondary prevention for environmental health issues. 
  • Appraise existing occupational and environmental hazards. 
  • Assess the potential for problems in an occupational or environmental setting. 
  • Discern appropriate methods for the control of occupational hazards. 
  • Assess the basic principles and applications within the science of toxicology.  
  • Evaluate the different classes of environmental toxic substances and stressors that have known effects on individuals or population.  
  • Appraise the different routes of toxic exposure, metabolic pathways, mechanisms of distribution within the body, and elimination processes. 
  • Evaluate the effects of different toxicants and stressors in terms of target effect on the cellular, organ system, and whole body-levels.  
  • Summarize the epidemiology of occupational injury which includes the extent, nature, and mechanisms of occupational injury as well as their distribution across occupations and industries. 
  • Contrast the strengths and weaknesses of the occupational injury surveillance systems used in the US. 
  • Discern the individual, organizational, structural, and societal factors that contribute to occupational injury. 
  • Propose effective interventions that can help prevent occupational injury. 
  • Apply MPH occupational and environmental health sciences competencies in a practice based experience. 
  • Integrate and synthesize MPH occupational and environmental health sciences competencies in the context of a culminating experience. 
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Required Courses

The MPH program requires a variety of courses and experiences across the five core disciplines of public health: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Health Policy, Management and Leadership; Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. MPH core courses provide students with an understanding of the breadth of public health, and departmental courses in each major allow students to apply various principles to specific disciplines. Learn more about courses specific to this major in the WVU catalog.

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Admissions Guidelines

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a preferred overall GPA of 3.0.
  • GRE scores of 150 Verbal, 147 Quantitative, and 3.0 Analytical Writing.
  • International Students Only:  TOEFL scores: minimum 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based.
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