The PhD with concentration in Public Health Practice (PhD PHP) in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences provides a broad education for individuals who may desire positions in environmental health management, policy and the law, academia, industry, consulting, non-governmental or government organizations, education & advocacy, regulatory & legislative design, and regulatory compliance & enforcement. Some major emphases are on the environmental origin of human disease and disease susceptibility, pollution prevention, and integration of environmental health considerations into economic and social decision-making. This professional degree emphasizes a practice-oriented, interdisciplinary approach to research that encompasses in its coursework the competencies of the five core areas of public health:  environmental health, biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, and behavioral and community health.

The PhD PHP emphasizes Environmental Health practice, policy, or management with a focus on applied science and more practical problem solving.  A student in the PhD PHP program will be required to complete the core didactic curriculum and then go on to conduct original research leading to the dissertation and defense. The performance site may be within the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, or in some cases, another external facility.  Students can specialize in Environmental Health Risk Assessment, Occupational Health, or Translational Bioscience.


  • 72 credits, a minimum of 47 credits in course work.
  • Advanced EOH specialty coursework in toxicology, exposure, environmental transport, and risk assessment; plus additional coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health foundations.
  • Advanced dissertation research in an area of specialization, either on-site or off-site.

Full program information:
Graduate Student Handbook