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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
Email: jphcoph-gradadvisor@georgiasouthern.edu

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Environmental Health Sciences Student Learning Outcomes
  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 the community, stakeholders, and professional audiences through oral and written communication and community‐based intervention studies.
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

Course requirements and course descriptions can be found in the Georgia Southern University Graduate Catalog.

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

Last updated: 8/20/2017