Format: In-Class only

The MSPH with a concentration in Environmental & Occupational Health Science is offered by the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) with a concentration in Environmental & Occupational Health Science provides an intensive educational and research experience. MSPH students can learn to understand how environmental pollutants affect the health of populations; learn specific approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards; and learn to communicate scientific findings.

Students are required to develop an interest area in environmental or occupational health, where they will conduct research and prepare a thesis. Coursework prepares students to conduct research on a topic area of their interest. Research is conducted under a faculty mentor, following the requirements of the UAB Graduate School. It includes formation of a research topic, organization of a research committee, defense of the research proposal, conducting the research, preparation of a formal thesis, and presentation of the thesis. The concentration prepares students for applying to doctoral programs and seeking employment in research, government, and industry.

Our goal is to enable students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in and the application of theories of environmental and occupational health sciences for research.
  • Explain environmental and occupational health concepts and apply them to public health problems.
  • Develop a study, experiment, sampling methodology, analysis, or skills to use equipment and perform analytical techniques for environmental and occupational sampling, in an area of specialization in environmental or occupational health sciences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct environmental or occupational health research under the guidance of an environmental or occupational health science mentor.
  • Write a thesis that reports, at the minimum, the background, research methods, analysis of results, and interpretation and discussion of environmental or occupational health sciences research.
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts and presentations based on environmental or occupational health research findings.
  • Convey complex information and present research findings in a forum open to the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and other members of the SOPH and UAB.


Students must have completed between 44 and 45 hours, including the MSPH core courses, environmental and occupational health sciences concentration courses, electives, and research. Students in the program are required to write and submit a master’s thesis.

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Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health. In addition, students should have some background in math and science and a strong commitment to conduct research (laboratory or field based) as the MS level.

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