MPH in Environmental & Occupational Health

About the Master of Public Health in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

In contrast to the MS degree programs, which are program-specific and more specialized, the MPH-EOH degree bridges the scientific and health policy worlds. It provides a broader perspective on environmental and occupational health, with emphasis on applications and policy implications. The MPH-EOH degree provides a great deal of flexibility for students to design and pursue a learning emphasis area through a set of thematically linked courses, field practicum, and thesis work. For example, the MPH-EOH degree can be used to explore interdisciplinary areas such as: 

  • Emerging infectious diseases, including zoonotic and vector borne diseases
  • Environmental change (including climate) and health
  • Agricultural food systems and health
  • One Health/Ecohealth/Planetary Health
  • Water and health
  • Homeless and health
  • Health and the built environment

MPH-EOH Students may spend time during their studies working with faculty and staff in DEOHS-affiliated Centers, including: 

This degree option requires a thesis and 120 hours of real-world experience in the form of a practicum. Practicum experiences place the student with an organization engaged in policy or practice related to the student's career interests, and provide an important introduction to career opportunities.

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MPH-EOH with Specialized Training in Occupational Health at the Human Animal Interface (OHHAI)

In addition to the regular program of study, MPH-EOH students can also receive specialized training through the Occupational Health at the Human Animal Interface (OHHAI) Scholars program based at the UW Center for One Health Research (COHR). NIOSH funding for a limited number of OHHAI scholars is available for tuition and stipend through the Northwest Center for Occupational Safety and Health.  The two year OHHAI training program promotes a "One Health" approach to the current lack of adequate research and best practices regarding the occupational health of animal workers. Animal workers interact with animals in a wide range of settings ranging from veterinary clinics to research laboratories, farms, markets, zoos, aquariums, and wildlife environments. They face unique and important health issues including exposure to zoonotic infectious diseases, allergens, and injury risks.

Students in the OHHAI training program will satisfy the requirements for an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. The curriculum also includes a seminar in the occupational health of animal workers, a One Health survey course, an original research thesis and a practicum experience. Potential practicum sites include zoos, farms, veterinary hospitals, animal research laboratories, department of agriculture, farmworker clinics, and wildlife health organizations, both in the US and internationally.

Click here to view/download a detailed table of requirements for the MPH-EOH degree with specialized training in OHHAI

Funding Opportunities: A limited number of scholarships including tuition support and stipend are available on a merit basis. The OHHAI training program is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) through the UW Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety (NWCOHS).

For more information about this specialized training opportunity, including availability of funding, please contact:

Vickie Ramirez, MA
Senior Research Coordinator/Program Coordinator
Center for One Health Research

206-685-2654

MPH-EOH with Specialized Training in Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN)

In addition to the regular program of study, MPH-EOH students can also receive specialized training in Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing. This training is intended for nurses with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) who wish to gain additional expertise in the field of occupational and environmental health sciences. The curriculum prepares nurses to practice as advanced professionals and responsible leaders in the delivery of health and safety services to worker populations and communities. Graduates from this program may be eligible for testing for board certification by the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN).

Professional Occupational & Environmental Health Nurses:

  • Focus on preventing and treating work-related injuries and illnesses
  • Blend healthcare expertise with organizational understanding to create safe and healthful work environments
  • Work in disease management, environmental health, emergency preparedness and disaster planning, workplace hazard detection, legal and regulatory compliance, and safety and health promotion in the workplace or community
  • Provide healthcare-related services, including roles as clinicians, case managers, advocates, educators, consultants,  policy developers, researchers, or program administrators/managers

Click here to view/download a detailed table of requirements for the MPH-EOH with Specialized Training in OEHN

Funding Opportunities: The UW Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety (NWCOHS) is one of the 17 Education and Research Centers (ERCs) funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Currently, students enrolled in the MPH-EOH with specialized training in OEHN are eligible for traineeships which pay tuition, some fees, and possibly stipends. This funding may vary each year according to availability of funds and the number of student trainees enrolled in the program.

For more information about this specialized training opportunity, including availability of funding, please contact: 

Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington School of Public Health