College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Degree: Master of Public Health
Program (Major/College):
Concentration: Health, Safety & Environment (Code: HLE)        
COPH Department: Environmental & Occupational Health
Minimum Credit Hours: 45

MPH with a Concentration in Health, Safety & Environment (Online Program)

This online MPH degree program will provide a strong foundation for students to advance their careers by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to address the complex and evolving regional, national and global challenges related to Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE).  All courses in this program are offered online and there is a required ten day capstone experience on campus in Tampa, Florida at the conclusion of coursework.

This program is intended to appeal to experienced working professionals anywhere in the world who seek to broaden their understanding of the interrelatedness of these three key areas. The fundamentals of exposure assessment and analytical methods will lay the groundwork for topics that include the basics of the persistent worldwide issues of air and water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, worker safety, legal requirements, and effective management. The impact of health, safety and the environment topics will be addressed for developed and less developed countries. Students will have the opportunity to develop a major emphasis in an area of their choice.

Students work in consultation with faculty advisors to complete a program of study that best suits their primary interest and fits with their career goals.  The required core courses address universal public health topics: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy and management, and social and behavioral health. The required concentration courses develop the student’s mastery of the important aspects of health, safety and the environment. The electives allow a student to develop specialized knowledge in an area of interest.  The field experience requirement typically is done in an area not directly related to the student’s employment and promotes broader appreciation of the field and a synthesis of different systems. With the assistance of the advisor, the student must complete a special project of his or her own design. During the on-campus capstone event students will work in teams to develop solutions for real world problems, and also will receive hands-on experience with equipment and laboratory methods.

The student may elect to attain the MPH degree either full or part time.

Following the key principles of public health training, the MPH graduate will be able to:

  • Provide leadership in a specific health specialty that is ethical, population focused, culturally appropriate and uses innovative approaches to pressing public health problems;
  • Demonstrate the application of public health skills and knowledge by completing a comprehensive special project;
  • Apply knowledge, practices and programs to improve the health and well being of all populations; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to improve the health of communities by working with others to solve pressing public health problems.  

Program graduates will be qualified to serve in leadership roles in any of several areas:

  • Industry
  • Energy Production
  • Utilities
  • Consulting
  • Manufacturing
  • Government/Military
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) 

Graduates will have skills to apply public health principles to businesses that are responsible for the health and safety of their employees and guests and to protect the environment.  The emphasis is on employers in the United States and internationally.  They are also prepared to pursue doctoral studies in environmental health sciences. 

In addition to the overall Master of Public Health degree competencies, Health, Safety & Environment graduates will be able to: 

  1. Describe natural and engineered environmental systems and their interrelationships with human activities and human health;
  2. Recognize health hazards that cause illness and injury associated with the environment and occupations;
  3. Relate the history of environmental health and safety issues to current practices and policies;
  4. Assess public health conditions and problems related to health, safety and the environment in developed and developing countries;
  5. Decide between alternatives, or strategies, to minimize or alleviate adverse environmental health and safety impacts;
  6. Apply technical knowledge and skill for the prevention or control of specific environmental health and safety problems;
  7. Interpret published environmental health and safety research findings;
  8. Engage in environmental leadership activities at the community level, and communicate relevant information concerning environmental health issues.

Concentration Details


In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:

  • Public Health course prerequisites: None
  • Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: environmental science, engineering, biology, public health
  • Work experience: None required; however, relevant work experience may be considered when determining the number of credits required for the Field Experience.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: Upper division 3.0 minimum
  • Verbal GRE score: 48 percentile minimum; 150 scale score (450 on tests taken before August 2011)
  • Quantitative GRE score: 36 percentile minimum, 146 scale score (550 on tests taken before August 2011)
  • Other criteria: Two letters of recommendation

Curriculum Information 

Electives (representative listing)

  • PHC 6310 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (3)
  • PHC 6353 Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment (3)
  • PHC 6350 Occupational Toxicology and Risk Assessment (3)
  • PHC 6186 Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations (3)
  • PHC 6874 Global Issues in Environment & Health (3)

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Program Coursework




College Core Courses



PHC 6000




PHC 6050

Biostatistics I



PHC 6102

Principles of Health Policy and Management



PHC 6357

Environmental and Occupational Health



PHC 6410

Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health



Core Total Hours



Required Concentration Courses



PHC 6307

Principles of Exposure Assessment & Control



PHC 6345

HSE Management & Administration



PHC 6300

Principles of Environmental Health



PHC 6355

Principles of Occupational Safety



PHC 6325

Environmental Laboratory Principles



PHC 7931

Interdisciplinary Seminar: Case Studies in EOH




Concentration Total Hours



Approved Elective Courses




Elective Total Hours



Culminating Experience



PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience 


See Note #1

PHC 6977

Special Project



PHC 6936

Public Health Capstone Course


All Core completed + 75% of Concentration


Culminating Experience minimum Hours



*CH=Credit Hours; Pre-reqs= prerequisite courses unless noted as CR (co-requisite) or CC (Concurrent requisite)

  1. During 2nd semester meet with advisor and begin planning field experience. See
  2. Any grade below a C (C- to F) is required to be retaken.  The grade will be included in the student's GPA
  3. The College Reserves All Rights to Repeal And/or Modify.


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