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.