Environmental Health Sciences - Master of Public Health

Environmental Health is the science and practice of preventing human injury and illness and promoting well-being by (1) identifying and evaluating sources and hazardous agents; and, (2) limiting exposures to hazardous physical, chemical, and biological agents in air, water, soil, food and other environmental media or settings that may adversely affect human health. (National Environmental Health Association https://www.neha.org/about-neha/definitions-environmental-health)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be practitioners of public health. This broad training is complemented by the more in-depth course work within your specialization. Course work is combined with an applied practice experience and integrative learning experience to provide students with the knowledge, experience, and skill to work within a broad range of public and private organizations as environmental health specialists.

Some academic programs at Ohio State are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. Some students in the MPH-EPH program pursue licensure or certification to become a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Students choosing to pursue this licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio should review the state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at go.osu.edu/onground.

MPH students are assigned faculty advisors who will provide guidance regarding their courses, applied practice experience, and integrative learning experience. Students are encouraged to get to know their advisor and meet with them at least twice each semester.

Program of Study

The MPH-Environmental Health Sciences curriculum consists of a minimum of 45 credits organized into five curricular domains:

  1. Integrated Foundational courses in public health (12 credits)
  2. Courses required for a specialization in EHS (22 credits)
  3. Approved electives (6 credits)
  4. Applied Practice Experience (2 credits minimum)
  5. Integrative Learning Experience (3 credits minimum)

Curriculum Guide

Course descriptions

For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and to The Ohio State University Graduate School Handbook.

Recommended Preparation

Earned bachelor degree in an applicable discipline with minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA. Foundation courses should include college-level math, chemistry (incl. organic) and biology. However, students deficient in one or more of these areas may be considered, depending on academic preparation and applicable experience. Admission decisions are made largely based on foundation courses completed, GPA, recommendations, personal statement, and any relevant experience. The personal statement is reviewed for writing ability and alignment of the applicant’s interests and motivation for the degree, relative to program focus and the expertise/interests of faculty. The stronger the application with respect to these elements (especially GPA), the more likely it will be to compete for admission.

For information regarding application materials, test scores and codes, and decision timelines see our frequently asked questions page.