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

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. A joint concentration degree combines the competencies of each concentration. The joint concentration options for Environmental and Occupational Health are:

Competency-Based Education
Competencies are student outcomes - both knowledge and skills - that are specific to the degree and to the area of study. They reflect the knowledge and skills that we strive to develop in our students and form the basis of our evaluation of each student's achievement. For the MPH, there is a set of core competencies and set of discipline-specific competencies that guide the development of the curriculum. The competency sets are developed with input from current public health practitioners, our alumni, our faculty and our students to reflect current and future needs of the profession.

Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration Competencies

EOH 1: Explain the reciprocal relationship between the condition of the environment and the health of its inhabitants.

EOH 2: Identify and describe human hazards in terms of physical, chemical, or biological properties and the potential health consequences of human exposure.

EOH 3: Measure and quantify exposure to environmental and occupational agents and determine associated health risks of exposure.

EOH 4: Suggest mechanisms to control exposure and mitigate or manage risk (engineering, behavioral, policy, etc.).

EOH 5: Assess the impact of environmental and occupational agents on populations and explain how that information is used to establish laws, regulations, and policies.

EOH 6: Communicate technical concepts, findings, and proposals to the public and to other health professionals.

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 

  • Rounds

  • Internship/Practice Experience 

  • Special Study for Examinations

Concentration Curriculum

  • Biological Hazards in Modern and Developing Countries

  • Human Toxicology and Environmental 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