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Division of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences

Division of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences

The mission of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (OEHS) is to produce well-trained graduates understand the theory, research, and practice of public health in aerospace, occupational, and environmental situations. OEHS trains graduate students in both masters and doctoral degree programs. Currently, the division includes faculty members trained in environmental health science, industrial hygiene, aerospace physiology, aerospace medicine, and occupational medicine.

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Who's Eligible?

Matriculants may include the physicians and other academically qualified health professionals, such as veterinarians, dentists, sanitary engineers, microbiologists, entomologists, environmental scientists, nurses, and pharmacists, who wish to apply the core disciplines of public health to their career field. Uniformed personnel with education or experience in a health-related discipline are given priority as candidates for admission. More details are provided in each graduate program listed.

Master of Science in Public Health (Environmental and Occupational Health)

Program Educational Objectives

The PMB Department’s core curriculum teaches the core disciplines of public health, and the MSPH (Master of Science in Public Health), Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) degree curriculum provides instruction to prepare students for a career in industrial hygiene, environmental health, or related fields. The entire EOH MSPH curriculum provides opportunity for teamwork, as well as the chance to refine communication skills with presentations, group projects and writing opportunities. Through faculty mentoring, we provide academic as well as career guidance. Students completing the EOH MSPH are required to complete a thesis, participate in journal club, and are required to complete a practicum at an EOH organization. These requirements develop a foundation for continuing education and lifelong learning by exposing students to the rigors of the scientific process, providing an opportunity to work in the field of EOH, and offering curriculum that addresses the most current knowledge in the area of EOH.

The Program Educational Objectives of the EOH MSPH program are as follows:

a.             Utilize concepts and practices of public health

b.             Continually develop professional communication skills and expertise

c.             Establish the foundation for continuing education and lifelong learning in the fields of Environmental and Occupational Health

The Environmental and Occupational Health degree program is accredited by the Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET (ASAC of ABET).

Student Enrollment and Graduation Statistics

Academic Year

New Students Enrolled

Total Students

Graduated

16-17

1

8

7*

15-16

7

15

8

14-15

8

12

4

13-14

4

8

3

12-13

4

10

4

*projected

 

Student Outcomes

EOH MSPH program student outcomes have been established to meet the general and specific program criteria as outlined by ABET.  Graduates of the EOH MSPH program must have the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to competently and ethically implement and practice applicable scientific, technical, and regulatory aspects of industrial hygiene and environmental health. To this end, graduates will be prepared to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control exposures of workers and others to physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, psychosocial factors, and other stressors that can potentially cause related diseases or dysfunctions.

More specifically, graduates must demonstrate:

General Student Outcomes

a)     an ability to formulate a hypothesis, design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

b)     an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet environmental or occupational health needs

c)     an ability to function independently and on multidisciplinary teams

d)     an ability to identify and solve environmental and occupational health problems

e)     an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

f)      an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

g)     the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context

h)     a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning

i)      a knowledge of contemporary issues

j)      an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice

Specific Student Outcomes

Graduates must be able to:

a)     identify agents, factors, and stressors generated by and/or associated with defined sources, unit operations, and/or processes

b)     describe qualitative and quantitative aspects of generation of agents, factors, and stressors

c)     understand physiological and/or toxicological interactions of physical, chemical, biological, and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors with the human body

d)     assess qualitative and quantitative aspects of exposure assessment, dose-response, and risk characterization based on applicable pathways and modes of entry

e)     calculate, interpret, and apply statistical and epidemiological data

f)      recommend and evaluate engineering, administrative, and personal protective equipment controls and/or other interventions to reduce or eliminate hazards

g)     demonstrate an understanding of applicable business and managerial practices

h)     interpret and apply applicable occupational and environmental regulations

i)      understand fundamental aspects of safety and environmental health

j)      attain recognized professional certification

PMB Contact

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799