MPH Environmental Health
Who should enroll
This program provides career skills in the environmental health sciences for individuals without previous professional experience. Graduates with these skills seek employment in private business/industry as environmental quality-control professionals; or in local, state, or federal government health departments/agencies. The program has been approved by the State of California Environmental Health Specialist Registration Committee, 601 North 7th Street, MS 396, P.O. Box 942732, Sacramento, CA 94234-7320. Satisfactory completion of this curriculum meets, in part, the eligibility requirements to sit for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) Examination administered by the California State Department of Health Services. Satisfactory performance on the examination qualifies individuals for practice as registered environmental health specialists in California and, by reciprocity, in the forty-nine remaining states.
Upon completion of the degree the graduate should be able to:
- Assess environmental exposures to working and nonworking populations.
- Conduct field surveys and analyze and evaluate environmental sampling data.
- Conduct applied environmental health research.
- Lead an interdisciplinary team to resolve environmental issues and contribute to conflict resolution and mediation
- Direct environmental projects as well as provide suitable consultation to stakeholders.
- Describe key environmental and occupational health legislation.
- Make policy recommendations and influence legislators on key environmental and occupational health issues.
- Conduct environmental health-risk assessments and contribute to a cost-benefit analysis process.
- Meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the California Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) Examination.
- Demonstrate basic familiarity with the application of geoinformatics tools to environmental health data analysis and display.
The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) programs in environmental health:
- Biological science with laboratory (one year)
- General chemistry with laboratory (one year)
- General physics with laboratory (one year)
- Calculus or college algebra (one course)
- General microbiology with laboratory (one course)
- Organic chemistry with laboratory (minimum of two-quarter sequence)
- These courses must be taken during the first two quarters of the program in addition to units required for the degree
Public Health Core Courses (26 units)
- ENVH 586 Environmental Health Administration (3)
- EPDM 509 Principles of Epidemiology I (3)
- HPRO 509 Principles of Health Behavior (3)
- RELE 534 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3)
- PHCJ 605 Overview of Public Health (1)
- STAT 509/521 General Statistics/Biostatistics (4)
- HPRO 536 Program Planning and Evaluation (2)
- GLBH 524 Cultural Competence and Health Disparities (2)
- NUTR 509 Public Health Nutrition and Biology (3)
- NUTR 510 Advanced Public Health Nutrition (3)
- PHCJ 675 Integrated Public Health Capstone (2)
Environmental Health Core Courses (HS 25 units)
- *ENVH 515 Food Quality Assurance (3)
- #ENVH 566 Outdoor Air Quality & Human Health (3)
- ENVH 567 Hazardous Materials Management (3)
- ENVH 568 Water Quality Assurance (3)
- *ENVH 569 Environmental Sampling and Analysis (4)
- #ENVH 575 Indoor Air Quality (3)
- ENVH 581 Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)
- ENVH 587 Environmental Toxicology (3)
- ENVH 589 Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
Geoinformatics Courses (5 units)
- ENVH 524 GIS Software Applications and Methods (3)
- ENVH 539 GIS Applications and Environmental Health (2)
Electives (2 units)
Seminar (1 unit)
- ENVH 605 Seminar in Environmental and Occupational Health (1)
- ENVH 798B Field Practicum (400 clock hours)
* Not required for experienced environmental health professionals.
# Choose one course.
^ Three of these units must be from an environmental and occupational health course.
+ Required of students without professional experience.
MINIMUM UNITS REQUIRED: 59
Contact Information - Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
Phone: (800) 422-4558, option 5 or (909) 558-8750