MPH Environmental and Occupational Health

Humans are as healthy as the environment in which they live. Environmental health focuses on assessing the public health risks associated biological, chemical and physical hazards in natural and built environments.

The master of public health (MPH) degree in environmental and occupational health provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate and manage these human health hazards, in an effort to reduce their exposure and promote healthy living.
Students will be trained in the theories, concepts and practices of exposure evaluation and health risk assessment.

Graduates from this program emerge with broad skill sets in environmental health, in addition to fundamental training in epidemiology, health policy and management, biostatistics and health promotion. Graduates work with health practitioners, researchers and policy makers to develop, evaluate and monitor health policies, programs and practices related to healthy environments.

Our graduates find employment within various organizations as risk assessors, occupational health specialists and food safety experts. Employment is found in the private sector (environmental consultants, occupational health professional), provincial/national public health agencies, and environmental institutes and agencies.

In addition to the MPH core courses (*24), students must complete the following for a total of (*45).

Specialization Courses (*15)

SPH 506 - Public Health Biology (*3)
SPH 511 - Environmental Contaminant Exposure Assessment (*3)
SPH 512 - Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (*3)
SPH 514 - Introduction to Environmental Health (*3)
SPH 522 - Principles of Toxicology (*3)

Approved Elective Courses (*6)

(*6) of graduate-level courses approved by the student's academic advisor.

Length of Program

The minimum time to complete the MPH degree is 20 months. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is six years (part- or full-time) from the date of first registration.