Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Environmental Health


The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program provides courses of study that prepare students to identify and propose solutions to a variety of environmental conditions that affect the health of minority, rural, and disadvantaged populations at disproportionate rates. Linkages between the high morbidity rates due to heart disease, cancer, strokes and adverse environmental factors such as livestock rearing, farming practices, food handling, industrial contaminants, will be studied with sensitivity to cultural, regional, and ethnic differences. Graduates of this degree program will be capable of pursuing further study in environmental health or related fields, conducting research in the discipline, managing community health agencies, and/or providing community-based leadership designed to educate and empower citizens to form partnerships in the interest of improving the overall health of their communities.


The total minimum hours required for Master of Public Health in Environmental Health is 45. Students may choose between the thesis option and the non-thesis (field experience) option:

Non-thesis option: M.P.H.: Environmental Health

  • Students may choose to complete an Field Experience (6 credit hours) as the non-thesis option in addition to taking one elective (3 credit hours) as well as fulfillment of all core and concentration course requirements leading to a total of 45 credit hours. A written report, oral presentation, and portfolio for the field experience are required and evaluated by a field experience evaluation committee.

Thesis Option: M.P.H.: Environmental Health

  • Student may choose to complete a research thesis* (6 credit hours) in addition to taking one elective (3 credit hours) as fulfillment of all core and concentration course requirements leading to a total of 45 credit hours. A written report, oral presentation, and portfolio for the research generated thesis topic are required and evaluated by the Thesis Committee.

Each student who will write a thesis is encouraged to focus on a subject for research early in his or her candidacy. With the help of his or her academic advisor, the student must choose three or more advisors as a thesis committee by the time 18 hours of graduate study have been completed. At least one of these advisors must be a faculty member in the student’s graduate degree program. The graduate program department head should approve the three advisors chosen for this purpose, with final approval from the Graduate Dean.

A student can only register for thesis credit (see appropriate listing) when the program coordinator receives official notification from the student’s thesis advisors. If at any time the student wishes to change the constitution of the thesis committee, a request stating the reason for the change must be submitted in writing to the program coordinator, and the change must be approved by the Graduate Dean. If a thesis committee member requests to be removed from the committee, a substitute must be approved by the graduate program department head with the final approval from the Graduate Dean.

A student who has received an “incomplete” on the thesis and has completed all other requirements is required to enroll and pay the required fees for three credit hours in any subsequent semester that he/she returns to remove the incomplete. Such students are ineligible for thesis consultations and use of library facilities during any interim period when they are not officially enrolled.

The thesis is considered complete when it is unanimously approved by the thesis committee, when it is approved by the Dean of the Graduate College, when it is in the format specified in the Fort Valley State University Thesis Template, and when documentation is presented reflecting binding requirements are met and paid for.


Undergraduate Prerequisites

It is recommended that students seeking admission into the Master of Public Health degree program have completed the following courses or their equivalents prior to admission. Students who have not taken these courses as undergraduates may take them as co-requisites with graduate-level courses with permission of the faculty advisor or other measures may be advised to increase the student’s success in graduate science and statistics classes.

BIOL 1104K Biological Science 4 hours
CHEM 1211K Principles of Chemistry I 4 hours
CHEM 1212K Principles of Chemistry II 4 hours
CHEM 2221K Principles of Organic Chemistry I 4 hours
CHEM 2222K Principles of Organic Chemistry II 4 hours
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3 hours
MATH 2113 Elementary Statistics 3 hours


Program for Public Health: Environmental Health *(subject to change without notice)

Thesis or Non-Thesis Option*

*Non-Thesis option will take 6 credit hours of Field Experience

Thesis Option will perform 6 credit hours of thesis-driven research.

 

First Year

Fall Semester (9 Hours)
HLTH 5103 Environmental Health 3 hours
HLTH 5153 Biostatistics 3 hours
HLTH 5200 Health Behavior and Promotion 3 hours
FVSU 0500 Orientation to Graduate Studies 0 hour

Spring Semester (9 Hours)
CHEM 5304 Environmental Analysis 4 hours
HLTH 5123 Epidemiology 3 hours
HLTH 5173 Public Health Policy and Administration 3 hours 111

Summer Semester (9 Hours)
BIOL 5334 Environmental Microbiology 4 hours
ENVH 5113 Environmental Pollution 3 hours
Elective Course choice

 

Second Year

Fall Semester (9 Hours)
BIOL 5354 Physiological Toxicology 4 hours
ENVH 5803 Research Methods of Public Health
HLTH 5850 Field Experience OR HLTH 5999 Thesis 1-6 hours

Spring Semester (9 Hours)
ENVH 5193 Industrial Health Hazard Management 3 hours
HLTH 5850 Field Experience OR HLTH 5999 Thesis 1-6 hours

Summer Semester (9 Hours)
HLTH 5999 Thesis Research 1-6 (hours Optional)

Total hours required for both Thesis and Non-Thesis option are 45 credit hours of study to include 6 credit hours of either Field Experience or Thesis Research.


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