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MPH – Environmental and Occupational Health
College of Health Sciences


The mission of the Public Health Program at Jackson State University is to provide quality education and leadership in community-based research and practice. Through collaborative efforts with communities, the Program promotes health and seeks to prevent disease and disability, with special emphasis on the underserved and at-risk populations of Mississippi, the nation, and the world.

MPH – Environmental and Occupational Health

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 Curriculum

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.


By including people, communities, and systems in our research, teaching, and practice, the Department of Behavioral and Environmental Health Sciences aims to promote and improve health as well as equity.
We train students to use theories, concepts, and methodologies from many social and behavioral scientific fields to design, carry out, and assess health promotion and illness prevention initiatives. 


 Behavioral and social variables influence all diseases. We believe that in order to improve health outcomes and promote health, it is important to comprehend how these diseases relate to the person, family, society as a whole, organizations, communities, and public policy. This system, which is dynamic, influences issues like care access and adherence. As a result, the behavioral and community health sciences within public health evaluate the health requirements of populations and communities, design interventions to prevent disease and increase adherence based on social/behavioral theory, and use research methods to evaluate these programs and recommend improvement, frequently within community-based settings.

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Quality education that spans outside of the classroom.


Behavioral and Environmental Health majors have a plethora of career options:

Behavioral Health Technician I Behavioral Health Technician II Behavioral Health Specialist I Behavioral Health Specialist II
Psychologist I Psychologist II Behavioral Health Team Lead Behavioral Health Supervisor


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