Penn's Environmental Health Track offers a curriculum designed for students to master skills in identifying, investigating, ameliorating, and communicating about environmental health risks. Key strengths of this track include the MPH Program's ability to provide mentored Capstone experiences especially focused on the urban environment and communities with an aging industrial infrastructure such as Philadelphia and its many surrounding communities.

The fourteen course units (14.0 cu) required for the MPH Environmental Health Track are described below. Students must take 11 course units (11.0 cu) under the PUBH prefix. Environmental health competencies are acquired through meeting the ten course unit (9.0 cu) core requirements in combination with specific environmental health courses (4.0 cu) plus 1 course unit of approved elective (1.0 cu).

Core MPH Requirements (9.0 cu)

  • PUBH 501 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • PUBH 502 Introduction to Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
  • PUBH 503 Environmental and Occupational Health
  • PUBH 504 Behavioral and Social Sciences in Public Health
  • PUBH 505 Public Health Policy and Administration
  • PUBH 506 Methods for Public Health Practice
  • PUBH 507 Ethics, Law and Public Policy
  • PUBH 508 Capstone (2 cu)
  • Fieldwork Experience (RFE) equal to 125 hours: Students within the Environmental Health Track will be assisted in identifying a practical community-based Capstone experience through the well established network of community partnerships with the Outreach and Education Core of Penn's Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology. It is optional to integrate the fieldwork experience into a mentored culminating experience or to elect to take the fieldwork early in the course of study and expand upon it to develop the culminating capstone. Option will be discussed with your academic advisor upon matriculation into the program.

Additional Environmental Health competencies are acquired through the following required courses.

Environmental Health Courses (4.0 cu)

  • PUBH 533 Exposure and Safety in the Workplace (1.0 cu)
  • PUBH 522 Critical Appraisal of Environmental Health Literature (0.5 cu)
  • PUBH 599 Community-focused Independent Study in Environmental Health (0.5 cu)
  • OPIM761 Risk Analysis & Management (1.0 cu)
  • PHRM590 Molecular Toxicology (1.0 cu)

Electives (1.0 cu)

See our course listing for approved electives.

Capstone Culminating Experience

The Capstone is a culminating experience required for graduation in the Master of Public Health Program. Read more about Capstone.