Environmental Public Health Risk Assessment Graduate Certificate

With a graduate certificate in Environmental Health Risk Assessment from Ohio State, you will gain the knowledge and skills applicable to exposure hazard assessment and disease risk assessments involving environmental and occupational toxic chemical and infectious microbial agents.

In this 15-credit program, you will learn the various types and levels of agents that contaminate air, water, soil and food. You also will be better prepared to address applicable workplace and community concerns as you learn how to plan, identify, assess and characterize the risks associated with environmental exposures that impact human health.

Learning Outcomes

With the successful completion of the Environmental Public Health Risk Assessment certificate, you will be better prepared to:

  1. apply and interpret general epidemiological methods
  2. summarize the four major components of risk assessment
  3. interpret relevant toxic chemical agent exposure and epidemiological disease data
  4. interpret relevant infectious microbiological agent exposure and epidemiological disease data
  5. conduct and interpret human health risk assessments based on environmental exposures

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (includes college-level math, statistics, biology and chemistry)
  • Minimum Program Credits: 15 credits
  • Double counting credit rule
    In most cases, academic certificate programs permit double-counting or applying credits from a degree program toward a certificate program. A maximum of half (50%) of the credits required may be double counted. The remaining balance of credits required to complete the certificate program must be added to the overall total credits required to complete both the degree program plus the certificate program.
  • Academic certificate programs permit double-counting or applying credits from one certificate program toward another certificate program. A maximum of half (50%) of the credits required may be double counted. The remaining balance of credits required to complete the certificate program must be added to the overall total credits required to complete both certificate programs.
    Example: 
    • A master’s degree requires 45 credits
    • A certificate program requires 18 credits
    • 9 credits (half of 18) may double count between the degree and the certificate
    • A student pursuing a 45 credit master’s degree and an 18 credit certificate program will be required to have a minimum of 54 credits to complete both the master’s and the certificate program. For certificate programs with an odd number of required credits, the Graduate School requires exactly 50% (assuming the degree curriculum has applicable courses with half-credits e.g., 1.5 credit course) or rounds down to the maximum number of double-counted or transferred credits.
      • Example:
        15 credits required to complete certificate program requirements
        Maximum 7.5 (exact count) or 7 (rounded down count) credits from other program can be double-counted or transferred.

Curriculum

Required foundation courses (9 credits) plus selective courses (6 credits)
Required courses Credits
PUBHEPI 6410 Principles of Epidemiology 3
PUBHEHS 7365 Environmental & Human Health Risk Assessment 3
PUBHEHS 7375 Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment 3
*Selective Courses (pick two courses; 6 credits) Credits
PUBHEHS 5315 Principles of Toxicology 3
PUBHEHS 6320 Global Health and Environmental Microbiology 3
PUBHEPI 7411 Epidemiology in Environmental Health 3
PUBHEHS 6330 Environmental Epigenetics 3
PUBHEHS 7380 Exposure Science Monitoring Techniques 3
PUBHEHS 8340 Molecular Techniques in Environmental Health 3
PUBHLTH 5015 Public Health Data Analytics 1 3

*Students without educational background in toxicology and microbiology are encouraged to select PUBHEHS 5315 and PUBHEHS 6320. Students interested in applicable exposure assessment field and lab techniques may consider selecting PUBHEHS 7380 and PUBHEHS 8340. Others interested in additional content relevant to epidemiology may consider PUBHEPI 7411 and either PUBHEHS 5330 or PUBHLTH 5015.

Admissions

Current Ohio State students

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Non-degree students

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