In contrast to the MS degree options, which are discipline-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 curriculum includes courses in the supporting sciences of biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as foundational courses in exposure science and environmental health. In addition, 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 of wide variety of human health related topics, such as emerging infectious diseases, climate change, food systems, water systems, and the built environment. Students in the this degree program also have the opportunity to work with faculty and staff in a variety of DEOHS-affiliated research centers, including the Center for One Health Research, the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and the Pacific Northwest Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. This degree option also requires a research thesis and 120 hours of practicum experience.
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Career paths of recent graduates
Graduates from the MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health program pursue careers in environmental health practice, research, or consulting, or continue on to doctoral work in the field. Recent graduates from this degree option are currently working as:
- A Natural Resource Scientist (Air Quality) for the Washington State Department of Ecology (Class of 2013).
- A Senior Associate on the Health Impacts Project with the Pew Charitable Trusts (Class of 2013).
- A Project Safety Manager with Centennial Contractors Enterprises, a contracting and design-build services firm (Class of 2012).