Professionals trained in Environmental Health study the impact of our surroundings on our health. They understand how environmental risk factors can cause diseases like asthma, cancer, and food poisoning. Environmental health professionals make up approximately half of public health personnel and the field accounts for about half of public health expenditures. Students interested in environmental health typically have a background in biological or physical sciences, engineering, nursing, medicine, and veterinary medicine. Prior experience in chemistry, biology, statistics, and Microsoft Excel software is desirable. Those who graduate with an MPH in environmental health find challenging positions in federal, state, and county departments of health and environmental protection, other federal agencies, consulting and research companies, academic institutions, and industry.
The MPH in Environmental Health is part of the Environmental and Global Health Department. Faculty who teach in the concentration often have research laboratories in the Emerging Pathogens Institute, or the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology. Some faculty members hold joint appointments in other UF Colleges, including the College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Medicine. The program offers depth in the effects of chemical exposure and biological agents on human health and the environment. Required concentration core courses include general toxicology, human health risk assessment, risk communication, and exposure assessment. Environmental health courses draw on the extensive expertise of University of Florida faculty and the unique ecology of our state.
Environmental Health Curricula
Environmental Health Competencies
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Environmental Health Core Courses
Click below for descriptions of the environmental health concentration core courses.
- PHC 6702 Exposure Measurement and Assessment
Prereq: One undergraduate course in Statistics or a course in Biostatistics.
- PHC 6316 Health, Risk & Crisis Communications in Public Health (online)
- VME 6602 General Toxicology (online)
Prereq: background in biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology.
- VME 6607 Human Health Risk Assessment
The purpose of the MPH internship is to (1) apply the skills learned across the MPH curriculum and within environmental health specifically, and (2) to enhance the student’s understanding of environmental health and public health in real-world applications and settings. During the internship the student will:
- Carry out a project representative of expected work in the field of environmental health
- Demonstrate competence in research/practice/evaluation relevant to environmental health
- Gain exposure to an organization’s environment, culture and purposes
- Develop professional judgment, understand research ethics, and make new professional contacts
- Clarify public health/environmental health career goals
Within each internship experience, students must complete a special project that demonstrates their ability to define an issue, apply methods appropriate to their concentration, and produce results. The special project serves as the basis for a final written report and either an oral or poster presentation. These final activities of the MPH program are intended to encourage students to understand their projects in the larger context of public health as a cross-disciplinary field and in relation to the competencies expected of all MPH graduates. Student presentations are scheduled on one or two Public Health Days near the end of fall, spring and summer semesters. DVM/MPH students typically present in the summer or fall of their senior year.