Environmental and Occupational Health

Master of Public Health Option

Create healthy and safe environments to live, work and play.

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Applications reviewed on Dec 1 (Priority), March 1, & June 1 (Final).

You can make communities and workplaces healthier and safer

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.


Is environmental and occupational health right for you? Find out.

Experience an MPH in environmental and occupational 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:

  • Be matched with a faculty academic advisor to guide you through the program.
  • Have access to faculty who can create opportunities to network and collaborate on research or outreach projects.
  • Gain advanced critical thinking and analytical skills relevant for environmental and occupational exposure science and management.
  • Master leadership skills to become an effective environmental and occupational health professional.  
  • Learn to solve environmental and occupational health challenges in practical ways for diverse populations.

With the ability to tailor the program, our students are highly successful and have rewarding careers improving people’s lives.

Natalie Wenzlick

Natalie Wenzlick
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."

MPH curriculum and coursework

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.

See which courses you'll take as a environmental and occupational health student.
Option-specific handbooks

What you'll learn as an MPH student.
Learning competencies

How you'll apply your knowledge.
MPH internships

Add a graduate minor in ergonomics

The graduate minor in ergonomics is for master’s and doctoral level students who seek additional formal training and mentoring in ergonomic practice.

Environmental and occupational health career options

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. 

Sample careers:

  • Chemical compliance toxicologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental health and safety coordinator
  • Health and safety director
  • Public health officer

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.”


Your graduate public health education is an investment in your future. We understand you must weigh the cost and benefits of your graduate education.

OSU’s MPH options are among the most reasonably priced in the Pacific Northwest.

We have reduced the tuition cost by nearly $4,000 to help address affordability and reduce barriers for the future of public health.

The Oregon State MPH participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program. You may be eligible to save about $8,000 in tuition over the course of the program.

We’re here to help

For information on assistantships, your investment and more visit the main MPH program page.

We’re happy to connect with you by email, phone or virtual meetings.


For questions about the application process and requirements, contact College of Health graduate admissions.


To talk about curriculum and life as an MPH student, contact MPH Administrative Director Hanako Justice, MPH, MSW, CHES.


For academic or professional information specific to the environmental and occupational health MPH program, please contact program director Perry Hystad, Ph.D.

Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®) Qualified Academic Program

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.