Master of Public Health in Occupational Safety and 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 Occupational Safety and Health focuses on evaluating and providing interventions to reduce risk of injury and illness using ergonomics, human factors, and wellness for future, current and past workers. 

The MPH in Occupational Safety and Health prepares students to: 

  • Evaluate occupational health risk in work settings.
  • Implement theoretical models relevant to Occupational Health risk evaluation in the lab or field.
  • Appraise experimental designs to appropriately address specific research questions in the field of Occupational Health.
  • Synthesize knowledge of analytical techniques with theoretical models in Occupational Health to solve field problems.
  • Develop and defend research plans appropriate for industrial or academic audience.

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 occupational 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 
  • A capstone integrative learning experience 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, visit the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health website