The Master of Public Health (MPH) program in Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) is designed to prepare students for employment in organizations concerned with environmental and occupational exposures to chemical and physical agents. Graduates pursue careers in academia; chemical and pharmaceutical industries; federal, state, and local environmental protection agencies; health departments; hospitals; and public interest groups, among others.
Because the field of environmental health sciences is so broad, students who start the program by Fall 2011 enter in one of four specialty tracks:
Each of the four specialty tracks offers students a specific set of competencies. Students will also achieve both Department-wide (see below) as well as School-wide MPH competencies.
The School recently launched a full review of the MPH program, consulting with students, alumni, potential employers, and our faculty. This led to our restructured 2-year Columbia MPH program and a new one-year Accelerated MPH program—both debuting in 2012. The new programs offer integrated interdisciplinary school-wide curriculums.
The Department of Environmental Health Sciences will only offer an MPH through the 2-year Columbia MPH program. Columbia MPH students will also select and apply for a Certificate which provides a secondary area of expertise in addition to students’ departmental focus. EHS-based certificates include: Climate and Health; Environmental Health Policy; Molecular Epidemiology; and Toxicology.
The Department’s MPH degree requirements for Fall 2011 candidates include:
Students must complete a minimum of 45 credits for the MPH degree plus any required courses as specified in their EHS Track. After required courses are completed, electives may be taken within our Department, other Mailman School departments, or other graduate schools throughout Columbia University (Cross Registration Form (PDF).
Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH degree in EHS, graduates will be able to
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