MPH Programs in EHS
MPH students in the Environmental Health Sciences division are trained to become leaders in public health and professional practice at the interface of environment and health. EHS offers two MPH degrees: an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences, and an MPH in Global Health and Environment. Get to know our current students, discover what our notable alumni are doing today, and learn more by exploring our information for prospective students.
MPH in Environmental Health Sciences
Students in the Environmental Health Sciences MPH program learn how human populations—especially the most vulnerable members of society, such as young children, pregnant women, workers, and the poor—are affected by environmental exposures, ranging from microbial and chemical contamination of water, air and other media, to climate change, industrialization, and unplanned urbanization. The curriculum prepares students to assess the health impacts of physical, chemical, and biological agents in the environment and workplace, and to advance means for their measurement and control. This program provides interdisciplinary training in epidemiology, statistics, mechanisms of toxicity, microbial risk assessment, exposure science, occupational epidemiology, and policy analysis. Students learn to apply these skills to environmental health challenges in the Bay Area, in the United States, and in settings around the world. For more information about the program, including learning objectives and course requirements, please consult the student handbook.
MPH IN Global Health and Environment
The Global Health and Environment MPH program provides an opportunity to study, and develop solutions to, the most profound global environmental changes that are affecting the health of populations around the world. This transdisciplinary MPH program emphasizes the analytical and practical skills necessary to protect the local, regional, and global environment, while achieving sustainable development. Students develop skills in epidemiology, global environmental health, statistics, and risk analysis in a global context, and can apply what they learn to address some of the most pressing and complicated environmental health challenges facing the global community. The curriculum emphasizes a sophisticated understanding of the sources, pathways, exposures, health impacts, and control measures for global environmental pollutants -- including pesticides, air pollution, vector-borne diseases, greenhouse gases, waterborne infectious diseases, and industrial contaminants -- at the household, workplace, community, regional, and global levels. For more information on the Global Health and Environment MPH program, see this information sheet. Also see a brief comparison of our MS and MPH programs in Global Health and Environment.
Environmental Health Sciences faculty educate, challenge, mentor, and inspire tomorrow’s leaders in environmental health, and have internationally recognized expertise in addressing pressing global challenges in health and the environment. All MPH students will have a faculty advisor to support their intended course of study and expressed areas of interest. Advisors may be changed by mutual consent. Students are expected to meet with their advisors at the beginning of each term and are encouraged to do so more often. Group advising sessions will be held occasionally during the academic year. Students are encouraged to attend these sessions to learn more about general academic policies, recommended courses, and other developments in EHS.