Environmental and Occupational Health (MPH) – Curriculum

Environmental and Occupational Health concentration is designed to teach students how to assess and analyze the relationship between basic science and environmental and occupational injuries and diseases.  The industrial chemicals, radiation, and other toxic substances absorbed by the environment require ongoing investigation to determine their effects on human health.  Students in this concentration examine the science, policies, laws, and regulations that govern how environmental and occupational issues are handled.  Furthermore, it provides the knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement prevention measures and to promote healthy behaviors in the workplace.  A key objective is to train students to become effective leaders in the field of environmental and occupational health.

Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration

Core Courses (18 Credit Hours)                                                                                                
PHS  501  Public Health and Behavioral Science                     
PHS  502  Public Health Policy and Administration                   
PHS  503  Biostatistics and Computer Application                    
PHS  504  Environmental and Occupational Health                  
PHS  505  Principles of Epidemiology                                   
PHS  506  Research and Quantitative Methods                         

Required Concentration Courses (15 Credit Hours)
PHS  541  Environmental Management and Industrial Hygiene
PHS  542  Environmental and Occupational Health Risk Assessment
PHS  543  Occupational Health and Safety Management
PHS  544  Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
PHS  545  Environmental Policy and Occupational Health Regulations

*Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)

**Capstone Course (3 Credit Hours)
PHS 507 Applied Master's Project (Integrative Learning Experience)

**Field Experience (3 Credit Hours)
PHS 508 Public Health Residency (Applied Practice Experience) 

*With approval from the faculty advisor and course instructor, a student may take elective courses from other academic units at Jackson State University.

**MPH students must pass the Graduate English Competency Examination (GECE) and a Graduate Area Comprehensive Exam (GACE), which carry no coursework credit.  The GACE evaluates the student's ability to synthesize public health foundational knowledge, competencies, and application.  These two exams must be passed before enrollment into the Public Health Residency and Applied Master's Project, both of which are to be taken in the final semester of the student's program.