Explore the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health and society, and develop effective interventions to control and prevent exposure to hazards.
As an applied program, our faculty conduct novel, interdisciplinary research. The foundation of our program is exposure assessment, toxicology, risk characterization and management strategies.
Our strength is our interdisciplinary approach in solving domestic and international problems in occupational health and safety, and environmental health.
Our environmental and occupational health MPH program has a small student/faculty ratio that allows for a personalized learning experience.
As an EOH student, you’ll:
With the ability to tailor the program, our students are highly successful and have rewarding careers improving people’s lives.
MPH: Environmental and Occupational Health student
"I chose the environmental and occupational health option because I am interested in water and air quality and how they can impact our health, especially in the midst of this climate crisis. I am also interested in protecting workers’ rights, particularly when it comes to environmental or ergonomic hazards on the job."
The Oregon State MPH – The environmental and occupational health program requires 60 credit hours (approximately the equivalent of 40 semester credits).
This includes 12 credits of the public health integrated core coursework, 27 credits of option-specific coursework, 15 credits of elective coursework and a 6-credit internship.
The program does not require a thesis; rather, it culminates with an integrative learning experience (ILE). Each MPH option has its own distinct ILE, created by program faculty to assess students’ mastery of program competencies.
Our graduates work in a variety of settings around the world – from private industries in Oregon to rural health care clinics in Bangladesh. You could land employment in settings such as NGOs, health departments, federal or state agencies, academia and private companies.
Associate Professor Laurel Kincl, Ph.D., CSP
“Our EOH program is unique with our small class sizes, which allow for a personalized learning experience. Students can be involved in research and professional activities through opportunities faculty provide. Our students are highly successful, and graduates enjoy rewarding careers.”
For questions about the application process and requirements, contact CPHHS graduate admissions.
To talk about curriculum and life as an MPH student, contact our MPH Administrative Director.
For academic or professional information specific to the environmental and occupational health MPH program, please contact program director Perry Hystad, Ph.D.
The Environmental and Occupational Health MPH program is recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), meeting the qualified credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.
In 2014, our college was accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health – the first in Oregon. This distinction provides our students with more resources, more opportunities to engage in research, and faculty experts who specialize in a variety of public health topics.