Environmental Health Science M.P.H.
Diane Heck, PhD
Director, M.P.H. Studies:
Michael P. Shakarjian, PhD
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Michael P. Shakarjian, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of M.P.H. studies in environmental health science, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop neurotoxin poisoning treatments. Read more...
The Department of Environmental Health Science offers an on-campus and fully online distance learning MPH degree and a graduate certificate in Industrial Hygiene.
Environmental Health Science is a multi-faceted field incorporating a variety of professionals, including engineers, hydrologists, industrial hygienists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and molecular biologists. Environmental health professionals typically hold positions in industry, in compliance programs or as health safety officers; in consulting firms performing environmental monitoring or audits; in not-for-profit organizations as researchers and/or advocates; or in government in the areas of inspections and permits, water quality, food, sanitation, or air quality.
The program in Environmental Health Science provides the conceptual framework and practical tools to recognize and address environmental hazards. Required program courses familiarize the student with issues of air and water quality as well as solid waste and environmental and industrial toxicology. Students learn analytical and problem-solving skills as well as how to communicate with technical and non-technical groups.
The Department of Environmental Health Science offers the MPH degree and a graduate certificate in Industrial Hygiene.
A graduate of the MPH program in Environmental Health Science is expected to achieve the following program (P) competencies:
- ENV P1 -Describe the features of water supplies, sources, and transmission systems.
- ENV P2 -Describe water management approaches for specific water quality problems.
- ENV P3 -Identify drinking water regulations and treatment requirements.
- ENV P4 -Identify the major chemical constituents that pose a risk to human health.
- ENV P5 -Describe the common sources of air pollutants, how airborne pollutants are dispersed, and strategies to minimize emissions.
- ENV P6 -Demonstrate knowledge of manufacturing technology, process, and work operations and development, use, and interpretation of Material Safety Data Sheets.
- ENV P7 -Understand the formation of environmental policies and describe the process of standard setting in occupational health and safety.
- ENV P8 -Develop a model health and safety program, applying industrial hygiene techniques such as engineering controls, personal protective equipment, administrative controls, respiratory protection, medical surveillance, and recordkeeping requirements.
- ENV P9 -Interpret regulations pertaining to the manufacturing, distribution, and disposal of chemical and pharmaceutical products and solid waste.
- ENV P10 -Interpret the results of biological, chemical, and physical testing of air, water, and soil.
- ENV P11 -Conduct a risk assessment of a given environmental exposure.