Graduate Certificate in Environmental Public Health Risk Assessment


The purpose of offering an academic graduate certificate in Environmental Public Health Risk Assessment is to provide education and training to:

  • augment the scope and depth of the respective curricula for students pursuing an applicable graduate or professional degree by adding courses and content via an academic graduate certificate program; and,
  • enhance specialized expertise of working professionals who already hold an applicable undergraduate, graduate or professional degree by adding courses and content via an academic graduate certificate program.


Humans are exposed to a variety of hazardous toxic chemical and infectious microbial agents throughout their life course. There is a need and demand for qualified professionals with appropriate environmental public health education and skills focused on human health risk assessment associated with environmental exposures via specific modes (e.g. inhalation; ingestion) and to various types and levels of toxic and infectious agents associated with contaminated air, water, soil and food matrices.


Individuals who successfully complete the Environmental Public Health Risk Assessment certificate 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


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (including foundation courses in college-level math, statistics, biology, and chemistry or the equivalent)
  • Meet all requirements established by the Ohio State University Graduate School for admission to graduate-level academic certificate programs (GRE is not required)
  • Maximum overlap of 6 credits from the graduate certificate program if pursued concurrently with another degree program.
  • Maximum of 4 credits taken as graduate non-degree can be counted toward a certificate program (GSH 2.4.6)


  •  Current Ohio State graduate students need to complete the Graduate Certificate Notification form in order to notify the College of Public Health of their intention to pursue the Certificate. Once all coursework is completed, students will need to fill out a Minor and Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization form to officially notify the Graduate School of the completed coursework. The form is available at
  • Those not enrolled in a graduate program at Ohio State need to complete an official application to the Certificate via Graduate and Professional Admissions.


Curriculum: Required Foundation Courses (9 credits) plus Selective Courses (6 credits)



Required Courses (9 credits):


PUBHEPI 6410 Principles of Epidemiology


PUBHEHS 7365 Environmental & Human Health Risk Assessment


PUBHEHS 7375 Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment


*Selective Courses (pick two courses; 6 credits):


PUBHEHS 5315 Principles of Toxicology


PUBHEHS 6320 Global Health and Environmental Microbiology


PUBHEPI 7411 Epidemiology in Environmental Health


PUBHEHS 5330 Environmental Epigenetics


PUBHEHS 7380 Exposure Science Monitoring Techniques


PUBHEHS 8340 Molecular Techniques in Environmental Health


PUBHLTH 5015 Public Health Data Analytics 1


*Students who do not have prior 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.

For questions about the Certificate, contact droesch [dot] 4atosu [dot] edu (Kynthia Droesch), Director, Office of Academic Programs and Student Services.