Environmental & Occupational Health- DrPH

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The mission of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) is to increase the body of knowledge that addresses the adverse health effects of environmental and occupational exposures; to disseminate knowledge through the education of students and health practitioners; and to apply that knowledge in the clinical, environmental, and workplace settings.

The DrPH Program accepts students every other year on even years only. The next matriculating cohort will be Fall 2018.

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The goal of the EOH DrPH program is to prepare students for advanced level professional work in research, policy, and program design and administration in the field of Environmental and Occupational Health.

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Program Requirements

The Program Guide is available here: DrPH EOH 2016 

All DrPH students follow this core. Under certain circumstances and with advance approval of the Program Director, another Methods course may be substituted for 8417, 8418 or 8420. 

22 credits of required foundational and research methods courses  
PUBH 8401 Foundations in Public Health Leadership & Practice  
PUBH 8402 Leaderhship in Public Health Practice & Policy  
PUBH 8403 Leadership and Decision Making  
PUBH 8416 Study Design & Evaluation Methods  
PUBH 8417 Qualittative Research Methods & Analysis  
PUBH 8418 Applied Statistical Analysis  
PUBH 8419 Measurement in Public Health & Health Services Research  
PUBH 8420 Advanced Analysis & Dissemination  
6 credits of required EOH specialty field courses  
PUBH 8411 Advanced Topics-Principles of Environmental Heath Risk Science (Doctoral Seminar )  
PUBH 8412 Advanced Topics-Envvironmental & Occupational Health Research & Practice  
7-10 credits of elective specialty field courses (sample list)  
PUBH 6121 Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology  
PUBH 6122 Environmental Policy, Politics, Programs  
PUBH 6123 Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy  
PUBH 6124 Problem Solving in EOH  
PUBH 6125 Introduction to Children's Health & Environment  
PUBH 6126 Assessment & Control of Environmental Hazards  
PUBH 6127 Germs: An Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology  
PUBH 6128 Global Environmental & Occupational Health  
PUBH 6130 Sustainable Energy & Environment  
PUBH 6199 Topics in EOH (Microbial Risk Assessment)  
PUBH 6199 Topics in EOH (Pesticide Exposures and Cancer)  
PUBH 6199 Topics in EOH (Food and the Global Environment)  
2 credits of professional leadership courses- (most students will take 2 credits Instructional Leadership)  
PUBH 8415 Instructional Leadership  
PUBH 8413 Research Leadership  
Comprehensive examination  
8-11 credits of dissertation preparation and dissertation  
PUBH 8422 Advanced Health Care & Public Health Research Design  
PubH 8422 Prerequisites: Pass Comprehensive Exam, Approval of Program Director, & one page abstract  
PUBH 8423 Dissertation Research  
Dissertation Research – DrPH Degree Dissertation Research  

Dr PH Core Competencies

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Program prepares professionals to assume national and international leadership positions in environmental and occupational health, global health, health behavior, and health policy. The field of public health provides unique insights into the complex interrelationships between health, politics, and human development.  It enables professionals to address public health issues by marshalling research and analytic skills to develop innovative approaches to understand health and to promote and advocate for improved health outcomes as well as lead a team of diverse professionals reflecting shared values and vision to achieve specific objectives.

DrPH Core Competencies can be found in the Program Guide. Below are track-specific competencies only.

Track-Specific Competencies

On completion of the DrPH Program in Environmental and Occupational Health, students will possess the following functional competencies and subject area knowledge:

  • Appropriately apply the fundamental principles of epidemiology, biostatistics, toxicology and exposure assessment, in the comprehensive identification, characterization and assessment of environmental and occupational health risk.
Relevant Courses
PUBH 8411   Advanced Topics- Principles of Human Health Risk Science
PUBH 8412   Advanced Topics-Environmental and Occupational Health Research and Practice
  • Appropriately apply the fundamental principles of epidemiology, biostatistics, toxicology, exposure assessment, risk assessment and risk communication in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies for the management of environmental and occupational health risk, incorporating the issues associated with the political, social and economic context in which the risk occurs.
Relevant Courses
PUBH 8411   Advanced Topics- Principles of Human Health Risk Science
PUBH 8412   Advanced Topics-Environmental and Occupational Health Research and Practice
  • Successfully manage an interdisciplinary team of professionals in accomplishing risk analysis (including risk assessment, risk communication and risk management).
Relevant Courses
PUBH 8411   Advanced Topics- Principles of Human Health Risk Science
PUBH 8412   Advanced Topics-Environmental and Occupational Health Research and Practice
  • Critically assess the basis for the development and implementation of environmental and occupational health policy in the face of inevitable scientific uncertainty, taking into account science and technology, law, politics, economics and human values.
Relevant Courses
PUBH 8411   Advanced Topics- Principles of Human Health Risk Science
PUBH 8412   Advanced Topics-Environmental and Occupational Health Research and Practice
  • Evaluate the success of environmental and occupational health programs for accomplishing risk analysis objectives. 
Relevant Courses
PUBH 8411   Advanced Topics- Principles of Human Health Risk Science
PUBH 8412   Advanced Topics-Environmental and Occupational Health Research and Practice

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 48 graduate credits are required.
  2. Course requirements: successful completion of the foundational and research methods courses. The program-specific specialty field courses and the professional leadership credits are required.
  3. Comprehensive exam: Once the course of study is completed, students are required to pass the comprehensive exam to be officially admitted to the candidacy phase.
  4. Dissertation: PUBH 8422 Advance Health Care &Public Health Research Design in addition to 6-9 dissertation research credits are required. Once the proposal has been successfully defended and dissertation research credits have been met, the oral defense may be scheduled.
  5. Grade point requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average is required.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within seven (7) years.
  7. Transfer credit policy: No transfer credits accepted.
  8. CITI Training requirement: All students are required to complete training regarding human subject protection regulation and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). To fulfill this requirement, you must complete the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Course in The Protection of Human Research Subjects.
  9. Integrity Quiz & Plagiarism requirement: All students are required to review the George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity and take the quiz within their first semester of study. The Code of Integrity and step-by-step instructions can be found here:  http://casesjournal.org/integrity  
  10. Professional Enhancement requirement: Students must participate in 8 hours per degree program of advisor pre-approved Public Health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia, related to your field of study. Professional Enhancement activities supplement the academic curriculum and help prepare students to participate actively in the professional community. Opportunities for professional enhancement are regularly publicized via the Milken Institute SPH Listserv and through your department or advisor. Students must submit documentation of Professional Enhancement activities to the Office of Student Records. The documentation consists of the Professional Enhancement Form http://casesjournal.org/academics/forms (which includes a prior approval signature from the student’s advisor, a description of the program agenda, and proof of attendance. Remember to submit your documentation before you apply to graduate!

Past Program Guides

This is the current program guide for this program. Students should follow the course requirements from the year in which they entered the program.

Past Guides:
Guides that are not available online can be acquired from the Academic Affairs Program Coordinator in the Dean's Office.