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M.P.H. Environmental Health Sciences

Mission and Overview

The mission of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree – Environmental Health Sciences is to train its graduates to recognize the public health implications of environmental and occupational factors responsible for influencing mortality and morbidity trends in human populations.

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the M.P.H. – Environmental Health Sciences degree program will complete a minimum of 45 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Core Courses (18 credits), Program Concentration Courses (21 credits), and a Practicum experience (3 credits)/Capstone Research Project (3 credits) where they will apply, in practical fashion, the skills learned throughout their program. Students will also be required to present the findings of their research project as the culminating M.P.H. experience. Upon completion of the M.P.H. – Environmental Health Sciences, students will be trained to function effectively as environmental health practitioners in a variety of public health settings.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Shamia Garrett, M.P.H.
Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Environmental Health Sciences Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Demonstrate proficiency and effectiveness in the communication of core public health principles and practices, both oral and written.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the integration of the core public health disciplines (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Policy/Management, and Social/Behavioral Science) in practice and research.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving, critical thinking, and public health leadership.

Environmental Health Sciences Concentration

  1. Select and apply appropriate tools to measure environmental hazards, particularly in the context of rural and underserved areas.
  2. Employ and evaluate the principles and practices of environmental exposure assessment to reduce community risk, and effectively communicate such risk to disparate populations.
  3. Analyze and apply the outcomes of environmental impact studies to prevent, mitigate and/or predict future exposures to environmental hazards, as well as utilize this knowledge to support and promote health policy development.
  4. Assess and explain how cultural, socio-economic, and behavioral factors may influence the risk of exposure to environmental hazards and related health outcomes, particularly in the context of rural and underserved populations.
  5. Conduct and interpret relevant environmental-based research using appropriate research designs and analytic techniques.
  6. Communicate environmental health principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.
Environmental Health Sciences Competencies

At the completion of the M.P.H. degree program all Environmental Health Sciences students will be able to:

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities. (Communication and Informatics)
  2. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data. (Communication and Informatics)
  3. Describe the roles of history, power, privilege and structural inequality in producing health disparities. (Diversity and Culture)
  4. Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings. (Diversity and Culture)
  5. Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served. (Diversity and Culture)

Environmental Health Sciences Concentration

  1.  Describe major environmental health hazards (physical, chemical and biological), and assess their genetic, physiologic, and socio-economic impacts on vulnerable and susceptible populations with special emphasis on rural and underserved communities.
  2. Apply research ethics and current research principles, including hypothesis development, experimental design, and current research methodology, to the qualitative and quantitative measurement and analysis of environmental health hazards.
  3. Apply the outcomes of environmental monitoring and environmental impact assessments to prevent, mitigate and/or forecast future exposures to environmental hazards and utilize this information to support or advocate for environmental health policy development.
  4. Apply current health risk assessment methods, utilized by federal, state, and local regulatory programs, and non-governmental guidelines and authorities directed toward management of environmental hazards and provide technical assistance and leadership to address the concerns of communities including environmental justice and equity.
  5. Apply current research methodology for community based intervention studies, assessing exposure to environmental factors as well as for the identification, quantification, and understanding of potential adverse effects on human health and ecosystems that might result from complex exposure to environmental stressors.
  6. Communicate environmental health hazards and associated health outcomes to community, stakeholders and professional audiences through oral and written communication and community-based intervention studies.
Required Courses
Public Health Core Courses (18 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
PUBH 5520G Introduction to Public Health 2
PUBH 6532 Environmental Health 3
PUBH 6533 Epidemiology 3
PUBH 6534 Health Policy and Management 3
PUBH 6535 Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 3
PUBH 6541 Biostatistics 4
Environmental Health Sciences Courses (21 Credit Hours)
ENVH 7231 Air Quality 3
ENVH 7232 Water Quality 3
ENVH 7233 Environmental Exposure and Impact Assessment 3
or ENVH 7239 Public Health Laboratory
ENVH 7234 Environmental Toxicology 3
ENVH 7235 Field Methods in Environmental Health 3
ENVH 7237 Risk Assessment and Communication 3
Guided Elective 3
Practicum and Culminating Experience (6 Credit Hours)
PUBH 7790 Practicum in Public Health 3
PUBH 7991 Public Health Capstone Research Project 3
Total Credit Hours 45

Prerequisite undergraduate course work may be required. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health for complete information.

Environmental Health Sciences Plan of Study
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2-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission) pdf

Last updated: 2/3/2016