Environmental and Occupational Health

Undergraduate minor

Study the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health.

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The Environmental & Occupational Health undergraduate minor studies the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health. This is an excellent addition for students with majors in Agricultural Sciences, Design & Human Environment, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Kinesiology, Nutrition and a variety of Sciences.


A minor that fits any major

No matter which major program you’re enrolled in, the environmental and occupational health minor will enhance your undergraduate studies. And it could be especially beneficial if you’re pursuing a degree in one of the following online degree programs:

  • Business administration
  • Environmental sciences
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Management
  • Natural resources
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Public health
  • Public policy



The EOH undergraduate minor is also available through Ecampus.


Eligibility Requirements

This minor is available to all majors, including Public Health majors with options in Health Promotion & Behavior and Health Management & Policy.

  • Have a minimum OSU GPA of 2.0
  • All courses must be taken for a letter (A-F) grade
  • No more than two attempts at any course or pre-requisite


Minimum Grade Policy

Effective calendar year 2017-2018, a grade of C– or higher is required for all courses in a student’s undergraduate program of study.

This includes all courses and associated prerequisite courses in a student's undergraduate program of study for a major, minor or certificate as listed in the online course catalog.

Accelerated EOH master’s program

If you’re currently working toward a minor in environmental and occupational health, you could earn an accelerated MPH.

See how

Required courses

The following courses must be competed satisfactorily (see above) to fulfill the Environmental & Occupational Health minor:

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Course   Credit hours
H 344

Foundations of Environmental Health

Identifies environmentally-linked disease, population growth, and health concerns associated with toxic substances, food quality, air pollution, water pollution, noise, solid and hazardous waste, and pesticide use. Explores scientific topics related to environmental health in a global context that impact our collective environment. Compares and contrasts select environmental problems in the US to those that occur in the global community.

3 credits
H 445

Occupational Health

Current and historical topics in the area of occupational health, with particular emphasis on the types of materials that produce human health effects; clinical and epidemiologic data used to assess the public health importance of occupational pollutants and to evaluate control strategies.

(Bacc Core course)
Attributes: CSST – Core, Synthesis, Science/Technology/Society

3 credits
H 448

Public Health Toxicology

Introduction to the concepts and principles of toxicology as they apply to environmental and occupational health.

Prerequisites: H 344 with C- or better
Recommended: One term of basic chemistry

3 credits
H 480


Explores current topics in environmental health and safety. EOH faculty will discuss their current research interests; EOH graduate student speakers will share their environmental health and safety internship experiences. Documentaries will be viewed to introduce topics of discussion. Features will be discussions relating directly to ongoing, current environmental/occupational health crises, both in the United States and around the world.

3 credits
  = 12 credits


Select five electives listed below for a total of 15 credits:

All courses below require Junior Standing
* designates a Bacc Core course

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Course   Credit hours
AEC 432 Environmental Law 4 credits
AG 412 AG Safety and Health 3 credits
FE 460

Forest Operations Regulations and Policy Issues

Attributes: CWIC – Bacc Core, Skills, WIC

3 credits
FST 421

*Food Law

Attributes: CSST – Core, Synthesis, Science/Technology/Society

3 credits
GEO 309 *Environmental Justice

Attributes: CPDP – Core, Perspective, Difference/Power/Discrimination
Prerequisites: WR 121 with C- or better or WR 121H with C- or better
Recommended: Sophomore standing

3 credits
GEOG 250

*Land Use Planning for Sustainable Communities

Attributes: CPSI – Bacc Core, Perspectives, Social Processes & Institutions

3 credits
GEOG 300

*Sustainability for the Common Good

Attributes: CSGI – Bacc Core, Synthesis, Contemporary Global Issues; LACS – Liberal Arts Social Core

3 credits
GEOG 331

*Population, Consumption and the Environment

Attributes: CSGI – Bacc Core, Synthesis, Contemporary Global Issues

3 credits
H 332 / GEOG 332

*Climate and Health

Attributes: CPDP – Bacc Core, Perspectives, Difference, Power & Discrimination

3 credits
H 385 Safety and Health Standards and Laws 3 credits
H 388

*Global Environment Health

Attributes: CSGI – Bacc Core, Synthesis, Contemporary Global Issues

3 credits
H 489 Emergency and Disaster Management 3 credits
H 494 Applied Ergonomics 3 credits
  = 15 credits

Total = 27 credits


   Declare this minor


  Also see academic catalog page for this undergrad minor.


Have any questions about the EOH undergrad minor?

Contact Barbara Hudson-Hanley, PhD