MPH ENVH Track IV Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Health
Who should enroll
The Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Health (GISENVH) Track is designed to prepare students in the application of modern geospatial information technologies to environmental health practice, research, and learning. Acquiring dual skills in public health and GIS enhances the preparation of environmental health professionals by increasing their effectiveness and efficiency in state-of-the-art methods of problem solving and information sharing. GIS skills are highly desired today as an integral part of informatics competencies that are required of health professionals.
Upon completion of the degree the graduate should be able to:
- Display geospatial data while producing and publishing customized maps and other visual displays of environmental health data.
- Employ GIS-based methods and techniques of spatial analysis that support research and decision-making in environmental health.
- Manage environmental health GIS projects in government, academia, and community settings.
- Apply innovatively geospatial information technology and methods to re-engineer environmental health practice and policy.
Students must have completed the appropriate prerequisite courses prior to enrolling as listed under Tracks I – III , depending on whether or not they are seeking the REHS Certification. In addition candidates in the GISENVH Track must demonstrate computer proficiency, although no previous experience with GIS is required. Advanced placement can be considered for students with previous GIS experience/training. Students should have a solid quantitative background, as evidenced by scores on the mathematical and analytical sections of GRE as well as by the nature of undergraduate course work.
Public Health Core Course (25 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 505 Public Health Biology (2)
- PHCJ 675 Integrated Public Health Capstone (2)
Environmental Health Core Course (18-22 units)
- *ENVH 566 Outdoor Air Quality & Human Health (3)
- *ENVH 575 Indoor Air Quality (3)
- ENVH 567 Hazardous Materials Management (3)
- ENVH 568 Water Quality Assurance (3)
- #ENVH 569 Environmental Sampling and Analysis (4)
- ENVH 581 Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)
- ENVH 587 Environmental Toxicology (3)
- ENVH 589 Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
Geoinformatics Core Courses (16 units)
- ENVH 521 Cartography and Map Design (2)
- ENVH 522 Principles of GIS (3)
- ENVH 524 GIS Software Applications and Methods (3)
- ENVH 526 Seminar in Health GIS (1)
- ENVH 535 Integration of Geospatial Data with GIS (2)
- ENVH 536 Spatial Analytical Techniques and GIS (3)
- ENVH 539 GIS Applications and Environmental Health (2)
Electives+ (5-9 units)
- ENVH 523 Practical Issues in GIS (3)
- ENVH 527 Geospatial Technologies for Emergency Preparedness and Management (3)
- ENVH 537 Health Care Geographics (2-3)
- ENVH 546 Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology (2)
- ENVH 547 GIS for Public Health Practice (2)
- ENVH 549 Remote Sensing Appl. In Health Science (3)
Seminar (1 unit)
- ENVH 605 Seminar in Environmental and Occupational Health (1)
- ENVH 798B Field Practicum (400 clock hours)
MINIMUM UNITS REQUIRED: 69
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# Not required for experienced environmental health professionals.
^ Not required for individuals without environmental health experience and who do not seek REHS certification.
+ Experienced environmental health professionals in the GISENVH Track take 9 units of elective coursework, including at least two geoinformatics specialty courses chosen in consultation with academic advisor. Students pursuing REHS certification take at least 5 units of elective coursework, including ENVH 515 and one geoinformatics specialty course.
Contact Information - Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
Phone: (800) 422-4558, option 5 or (909) 558-8750