Dr. Oreta Samples, Program Coordinator
Phone: (478) 825-6904
Dr. Oreta Samples, Program Coordinator
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 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.
- Writing Manual
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.
Q. What are some careers associated with the MPH degree environmental health concentration?