Courses for Environmental and Occupational Health Track

PHC 6001 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (3).

This course covers outbreaks; cluster analysis; cross-sectional, case-control, cohort, ecological and time series designs; surveillance programs; environmental cancer; reproductive hazards, biological monitoring and biomarkers. Prerequisites: PHC 6315 and PHC 6000.

PHC 6004 Injury Epidemiology and Prevention (3).

Analyzes the impact and extent of injuries as a public health problem. Issues of prevention, sources of data, environment, social and occupational aspects are included in an epidemiological approach. Prerequisite: PHC 6000.

PHC 6307 Exposure Assessment in Env & Occ Epidemiology (3).

Surveys available mechanisms utilized by public health and environmental agencies to monitor levels of pollution, environmental quality, and change in environmental conditions which impact human health. Prerequisites: PHC 6000, PHC 6065, PHC 6315. (SS)

PHC 6310 Environmental Occupational Toxicology (3).

Theory and practice of occupational and environmental toxicology; health effects of toxins in humans; principles of toxicology; toxicokinetics; and health effects of toxins on organ systems. Prerequisite: PHC 6315.

PHC 6311 Environmental Health Risk Assessment (3).

This course explores environmental health care management problems associated with risk to the population from exposure to particular agents and conditions. Emphasizes practical problems in risk estimation through the case method approach. Prerequisite: PHC 6315. (S)

PHC 6312C Health Impacts of Air, Land, Water Pollution (3)

The course covers the impact of air, water and land pollution on human health/well-being and on the whole environment plus pollution and control measures of each kind of pollution. Prerequisite: PHC 6315.

PHC 6315 Introduction to Environmental Health (3)

An overview of public health philosophy and government organization in the provision of official agency, environmental, and preventive medicine services, with particular emphasis on the regulatory and surveillance responsibilities authorized in the public sector. (F,S)

PHC 6316 Environmental Health Management (3

The course provides the student with skills in management of the programs dealing with food, water, waste, radiation, workplace, air, energy, human establishments, and humanitarian challenges. Prerequisites: PHC 6315 or
permission of the instructor.

PHC 6355 Occupational Health and Safety (3).

The course covers recognition of occupational hazards, injuries and diseases and the principles of occupational safety including safety regulations and standards and models of accident causation. Prerequisite: PHC 6315.

PHC 6356 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (3).

The course covers recognition, evaluation, and control of chemical, biological and physical agents in the workplace; application to exposure, control measures, and standard setting procedures. Prerequisite: PHC 6315.

PHC 6374 Environmental Disasters and Human Health (3).

This course will provide an overview of environmental disasters and the measures designed to reduce the impact of disasters on Environmental Health. It aims to strengthen the ability of people to withstand the disruption of their accustomed infrastructure and systems for environmental health.

PHC 6422 Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Environmental Health (3).

The application of law as it relates to the environment and human health. Legal process and rule-making; cost-benefit analysis; judicial review; evidentiary problems. Prerequisites: PHC 6000, PHC 6065 and PHC 6315. (S)

PHC 6520 Public Health Aspects of Foodborne Diseases (3).

Examines the scope of the foodborne disease problem; factors that contribute to outbreak of foodborne disease; strategies for the prevention and control of these diseases are explored. Prerequisites: PHC 6000, PHC 6065, and PHC 6315. (SS)

PHC 6538 Genomics  in Environmental Public Health (3).

Genetic issues and topics that impact on Environmental Public Health will be covered such as HW gene frequencies and HUGO. A public health perspective with a field of study.

PHC 6763 Global Perspectives of Environmental Health in Caribbean and Latin America (3).

The course describes the relationship between human health and the environment in developing countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Prerequisite: PHC 6315.

PHC 6900 Environmental Public Health Genomics and Molecular Toxicology Journal Club (1).

Students will learn to read, evaluate, present and discuss papers. Papers will be presented on a diverse set of topics related to genetics of environmental human diseases and molecular toxicology.

PHC6920 Special Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health.

This course is designed to impart in depth knowledge of emerging issues in the area of environmental and occupational health.

PHC6921 Environmental Health & Toxicology Seminar.

This course is designed to develop critical and analytical thinking skills in the environmental and occupational health problems. 

PHC 6914L Current Topics in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Research Lab (3).
To conduct laboratory based analytical research and collect data.

PHC 7018C Advanced Environmental Health (3).

The objective of this course is to teach students advanced toxicology principles such as toxicokinetics, polymorphisms of metabolizing enzymes, toxicogenomics, and biomarkers of toxic exposure. Prerequisite: PHC

PHC 7372 Signal transductions in Environmental Health and Toxicology.

This course focuses on environmental stress-induced signal transduction pathways and their implications in the etiology of human diseases.

PHC7300 Biological Basis of Environmental Public Health.

This course focuses on toxicologic pathophysiology of human diseases in response to the exposure to environmental stressors. 

PHC 7374C Advances in Cellular and Environmental Toxicology (3).

This is a doctoral level avanced course covering the toxicological basis of human disease and the recent progress made in the field. Course provides coverage of environmental agents and experimental approaches. Prerequisite: PHC 6310.

PHC 7980  PhD Dissertation

Research for doctoral dissertation under the supervision of a major professor and a doctoral committee. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and doctoral candidacy.
Description of Capstone Courses

Master's Culmination
All MPH students must complete either a field-training experience or a research option as a requirement for graduation.

Field Experience Option
This option is a requirement for all students with less than three years of experience in a community health-oriented program. Field experience gives the student the opportunity to gain practical experience under preceptor-guided supervision in public health. Students should consult the Field Experience Coordinator for further information. Paid internships are sometimes available. For example, see the Internships available through the Directors of Health Promotion and Education at .

Research Options

These options are recommended for students entering the program with three or more years of experience in a public health-related program.

Master’s Research Project
The research project affords the opportunity to conduct a research project on a specific public health problem or topic in either a community or institutional setting. MPH students who select the research project must choose a faculty member to direct their research. The advisor and the student may identify other resource persons to serve in an advisory capacity for the research project.

Master's Thesis
The thesis option provides students the opportunity to conduct original research on a public health problem or topic and to report this in a scholarly manuscript. Students who select this option must choose a major professor to act as the chair of their thesis committee and two additional members. Before beginning to work on a thesis, student must present a proposal to their committee for approval. The committee will direct and supervise the work carried out by the student.