Master of Public Health: Environmental Health


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Dr. Oreta Samples, Program Coordinator
Phone: (478) 825-6904
Email: sampleso@fvsu.edu

About the Program

The Master of Public Health program is a fully accredited program through the Environmental Health Accreditation Council (EHAC). This accreditation is important to those who may be considering joining the Uniformed Public Health Service in the future, as the Service only accepts applicants from EHAC accredited programs.

The M.P.H. Degree Program was developed in response to the nation’s call-to-action for improved health opportunities for all with focuses on local, state, regional, and global needs. This M.P.H. Program offers two courses of study – Environmental Health and also Agricultural Epidemiology.  Both concentrations prepare students to identify problems and propose solutions to a variety of environmental conditions that affect the health of minority, rural, and disadvantaged populations at disproportionate rates as well as agricultural populations. Environmental linkages between high morbidity rates due to heart disease (i.e., hypertension and stroke), cancer, and diabetes in conjunction with Healthy People 2020 will be assessed. Adverse environmental factors such as livestock rearing, farming practices, food handling, and industrial contaminants will be studied with sensitivity to cultural, regional, and ethnic differences.

Graduates of the M.P.H. degree program will be capable of pursuing further study in environmental health, agricultural 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.

We are now offering the majority of MPH classes as web-hybrid (i.e., online and traditional classroom instruction) for distance learners!  All traditional in-class meetings are at night to accommodate the working professional.


Thesis

Thesis Research Manual along with direct faculty and committee supervision will assist the student in preparing for the Research Thesis Prospectus, the Research Thesis Proposal, and the Research Thesis Format. Candidates, after writing the thesis, will defend their research in an oral presentation for graduate faculty and other MPH students. Students must take no less than 6 credit hours of HLTH 5999: Thesis Research as their Capstone.

  • MPH-Thesis-Manual
  • Writing Manual

Non-Thesis

Students pursuing the non-thesis option should expect to complete a project approved by the MPH director that encompasses no less than 6 credit hours (300 hours of on-the-job experience). Additional, criteria for completion of the non-thesis, Field Experience option include, but are not limited to: Enrolling in HLTH 5850: Field Experience, data collection during the field experience, oral PowerPoint presentation to the Public Health faculty and students, final paper, and portfolio to be submitted to the Instructor as well as Director of MPH program. Our students have completed field experiences at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior, The Washington Center (TWC), and county Health Departments. A list of field experience opportunities is available for students.

  • Field Experience Manual

The M.P.H. Degree provides academic preparation in the core areas of Public Health. The program requires:

  • Forty-five (45) semester hours
  • A thesis or non-thesis option of no less than 6 credit hours (300 hours of actual hands-on experience)

The graduation requirements are a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale plus the following:

There are two concentrations available in the MPH Program: Environmental Health and Agricultural Epidemiology.

Core Courses  (required for both concentrations)

  • FVSU 0500 Graduate Studies Orientation -0 hrs
  • HLTH 5103 Environmental Health – 3hrs
  • HLTH 5123 Epidemiology – 3hrs
  • HLTH 5153 Biostatistics – 3hrs
  • HLTH 5173 Public Health Policy & Administration – 3hrs
  • HLTH 5200 Health Behavior/Health Promotion – 3hrs

Environmental Health Concentration

  • ENVH 5113  Environmental Pollution – 3hrs
  • ENVH 5183  Environmental Law – 3hrs
  • ENVH 5193  Environmental Health Hazard Management – 3hrs
  • ENVH 5253  Industrial Hygiene – 3hrs
  • BIOL 5334  Environmental Microbiology – 3hrs
  • BIOL 5354  Physiological Toxicology – 3hrs
  • CHEM 5304  Environmental Analysis – 3hrs
  •      Elective: Choice of 1 elective from the following: HLTH 5100 or ENVH 5800

Agricultural Epidemiology Concentration

  • BIOL 5354  Environmental Microbiology – 3 hrs
  • ENVH 5123  Chronic and Infectious Diseases of Agricultural Populations – 3 hrs
  • ENVH 5803 Research Methods of Public Health – 3 hrs
  • ENVH 5324 Zoonoses of Animal and Human Populations – 3 hrs
  • ENVH 5243 Agricultural Pesticides in Public Health – 3 hrs
  • HLTH 5133 Public Health Roles in Food Production – 3 hrs
  • HLTH 5223 Occupational Health in Agriculture – 3 hrs
  • Elective: Choice of 1 elective from the following: HLH 5163, ENVH 5800, BIOL 5354

 

Some graduate assistantships are available to qualifying students. Financial assistance in the form of loans is available to qualified graduate students.

There are other University level financial assistance available to qualified graduate students. Many professional associations and other groups, such as those listed below, provide financial assistance to graduate students:

ALL FEES AND CHARGES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS WITHOUT NOTICE

All mandatory fees are highlighted. The credit hour tuition rate for in-state is $167.00. The per semester cost for an in-state student to take 12 or more credit hours is a flat fee of $2,002.00. The credit hour tuition rate for out-of-state is $621.00. The per semester cost for an out-of-state student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours is a flat fee of $7,444.00.

Semester Hours
Technology Fee
Health
Fee
Activity
Fee
Athletic
Fee
Student Center Use Fee
Trans.
Fee
1
$70.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$250.00
2
$70.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$250.00
3
$70.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$250.00
4
$70.00
$73.00
$71.00
$180.00
$20.00
$250.00
5
$70.00
$73.00
$71.00
$180.00
$20.00
$250.00
6
$70.00
$73.00
$71.00
$180.00
$20.00
$250.00
7
$70.00
$73.00
$71.00
$180.00
$20.00
$250.00
8
$70.00
$73.00
$71.00
$180.00
$20.00
$250.00
9
$70.00
$73.00
$71.00
$180.00
$20.00
$250.00
10
$70.00
$73.00
$71.00
$180.00
$20.00
$250.00
11
$70.00
$73.00
$71.00
$180.00
$20.00
$250.00
12
$70.00
$73.00
$71.00
$180.00
$20.00
$250.00


Semester Hours
In-State Tuition Fee
Total In-State Tuition Fee
Out-0f-State Tuition Fee
Total Out-of-State Tuition Fee
1
$167.00
$637.00
$621.00
$1,091.00
2
$334.00
$804.00
$1,242.00
$1,712.00
3
$501.00
$971.00
$1,863.00
$2,333.00
4
$668.00
$1,482.00
$2,484.00
$3,293.00
5
$835.00
$1,649.00
$3,105.00
$3,919.00
6
$1,002.00
$1,816.00
$3,726.00
$4,540.00
7
$1,169.00
$1,983.00
$4,347.00
$5,161.00
8
$1,336.00
$2,150.00
$4,968.00
$5,782.00
9
$1,503.00
$2,317.00
$5,589.00
$6,403.00
10
$1,670.00
$2,484.00
$6,210.00
$7,024.00
11
$1,873.00
$2,651.00
$6,831.00
$7,645.00
12
$2,002.00
$2,816.00
$7,444.00
$8,258.00

Q. What are some careers associated with the MPH degree environmental health concentration?

A. “Environmental health (EH) is a branch of public health protection that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health. EH is a field of science that studies hoe the environment influences human health and disease. “Environment” in this context means identifying and addressing how the environment impacts human health. EH is a very diverse field where professionals perform a variety of tasks such as research, investigations, outreach and education, environmental clean-ups of what we eat, breathe, touch, and drink”

Q. How do we register for classes?
 
A. Each student meets with their faculty advisor to determine their course schedule for the semester. After an agreed upon course schedule has been selected, the MPH program director will assist students in registering for the semester.

Q. What are potential field experiences/research sites?
 
A. For those students selecting a non-thesis option, a 300 contact hour field experience is required. The FVSU MPH program will assist in placing students with public, private, and non-profit agencies. Some students have been successfully placed with FVSU microbiologist, the Natural Resource Authority, Visions for the Valley, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Macon Water Authority, the Department of Interior, and The Washington Center. All students that select the thesis option must complete 150 contact hours of field experience.

 
Q. How many hours are needed to be considered full-time student?
A. Students enrolled in (9) credit hours are considered full-time.

Q. What degree is required for entering the program?
 
A. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university

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