Saint Louis University

Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health



Roger Lewis, PhD, CIH, discusses Environmental and Occupational Health at Saint Louis University.

The Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health prepares students to gather and interpret information used to determine and control risks to human health caused by exposures to biological, chemical and physical agents.

Students who graduate with this degree are well prepared for professional roles in environmental consulting, corporate industrial hygiene and safety, product stewardship, research, and policy.

Joint Concentration Options
Students can combine two concentrations, allowing them to expand their knowledge in both areas. The joint concentration options for Environmental and Occupational Health are:

Career Opportunities
SLU graduates are employed all over the nation and internationally in a wide variety of settings and positions. Some of the career paths in environmental and occupational health include:Government research scientist or investigator

  • Corporate environmental health and safety specialist
  • Environmental health policy analyst
  • EOH professional working with foundations or not for profit organizations
  • Chemical product stewardship specialist
  • Hospital or university environmental health specialist
  • Industrial hygiene and safety consultant

Faculty and Research
Our faculty are internationally recognized as leaders in the field of environmental and occupational health and have active research in areas such as:

  • Exposure Assessment
  • Biomarkers
  • Applied Environmental Chemistry
  • Poisoning Prevention and Abatement
  • Lead and Allergen Removal

MPH Practice Experience

Students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program are required to complete a practice experience (internship) with an approved community health organization and preceptor. This 320-hour experience is designed to enhance students' educational experiences and promote professional competence in Environmental/Occupational Health.

Internships in this concentration might involve the following activities: performing or assisting with toxic agent control, industrial hygiene, risk assessment, risk communication, toxicology, occupational medicine and general environmental health, so that risk to human health can be determined and managed to minimize its impact. Examples of organizations that have sponsored internships include: St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

Admission Requirements
For the concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health, applicants should preferably hold a bachelor's degree that includes at least six credit hours of college-level coursework in chemistry, biology and physical sciences.

MPH-EOH Curriculum
Students in joint concentrations will have a curriculum that varies from the one below.

MPH Core Curriculum

  • Behavioral Science and Public Health 

  • Principles of Biostatistics

  • Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Principles of Epidemiology

  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health

  • Ethical Issues in Public Health 

  • Managerial Aspects of Public Health Practice or Management of Health Care Organizations

  • Internship/Practice Experience 

  • Special Study for Examinations

Concentration Curriculum

  • Biological Hazards in Modern and Developing Countries

  • Human Toxicology and Enviromental Health

  • Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

  • Evaluation of Environmental Hazards

  • Human Health Risk Analysis

  • Policy, Science and Decisions in Environmental Health

  • Concentration Electives

  • Capstone in Environmental and Occupational Health

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