Master of Public Health in Environmental Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a multi-disciplinary professional degree program for graduate level practical training. It provides grounding in foundational public health knowledge and core competencies, as well as depth of training in concentration areas of specialized public health practice. The MPH in Environmental Health focuses on how different factors in the environment impact the health of individuals and populations around the world. 

The MPH in Environmental Health prepares students to:

  • develop and implement strategies for mitigating environmental health hazards;
  • explain interactive factors that influence solutions for environmental health hazards;
  • evaluate policies to reduce environmental health risks and hazards;
  • apply the current best practices for risk assessment and risk communication; and
  • compare federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues.

The program has several major academic components:

  • The introductory Integrated MPH Core classes, along with students of all MPH concentrations, for exposure to foundational principles and methods in public health practice.
  • Required and elective concentration coursework in environmental health theory and methods.
  • The potential for additional public health related elective course work.

Though the MPH is a non-thesis degree program, it includes culminating experiences:

  • A practicum that provides an applied practical experience with a field-based preceptor, for students to demonstrate overall public health and concentration focused problem-solving skills.
  • An integrative learning experiencecapstone for students to bring together and apply foundational and concentration competencies, including production of a high-quality written professional product.

Effective public health professionals must work across multiple disciplines and systems to address population health problems. All MPH students are expected to participate in an interprofessional team practical activity during their degree programs. See the IPE Learning Opportunities at the Texas A&M Health Office of Interprofessional Education and Research.  

An individual with a baccalaureate degree or a physician licensed to practice medicine in the United States may apply for admission to the program. No coursework prerequisites exist for making a successful application to this degree program.

For more details on the degree program, see the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health website.