Environmental and Occupational Health Science, Master of Science (0473)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/publichealth
Ritchie D. Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 745-8975
The graduate program in Environmental and Occupational Health Science is designed to provide graduate education for careers focused on the protection of human health and prevention of health hazards in occupational and natural environments. A key component of the program is to understand how exposure to environmental and occupational hazards occurs, and discovering ways to reduce and control the risk of exposure. This interdisciplinary field focuses on environmental hazards to human health, assessment of exposures, mechanisms of environmental response, control of risks associated with environmental hazards, and improving occupational health. Program requirements will provide students a foundation of advanced studies that will increase their skills and knowledge for protecting human health and the environment. This program is designed for working professionals and students desiring opportunities with industry, consulting firms, government agencies, and other environmental and occupational health science professions.
In addition to Graduate School admission requirements, admission requires the equivalent of an undergraduate major in environmental health science including supporting courses in science and mathematics. Exceptions may be made for students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines; however, additional courses may be required.
Admission may be granted to applicants that fulfill one of the following conditions: 1) GAP score of 550 and minimums of 139 for the GRE Verbal Score and 139 for the GRE Quantitative Score; 2) a cumulative GPA from a U.S. accredited university of at least a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale; or, 3) a cumulative GPA of greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Environmental Health and Safety graduate certificate program.
International students must attain a minimum of 550 on the written TOEFL, a minimum of 213 on the computerized TOEFL, a minimum of 79 on the Internet TOEFL, or a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS.
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (36 hours)
|PH 520||Biostatistics for Public Health||3|
|PH 584||Principles of Environmental Health||3|
|EOHS 550||Principles of Occupational Safety and Health||3|
|EOHS 560||Environmental Management and Risk Assessment||3|
|EOHS 577||Environmental Toxicology||3|
|Select 12 hours (thesis option) or 15 hours (applied practice experience option) from the following EOHS electives: 1||12-15|
|Watershed Management and Science|
|Air Quality Management|
|Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology|
|Solid and Hazardous Wastes|
|Public Health Management of Disasters|
|Workplace Health Promotion Electives|
|Health Promotion in the Workplace|
|Health Assessment in Workplace|
|Program Planning in Public Health Practice|
|Education and Communication Techniques in Public Health Education|
|PH 599||Thesis Research/Writing (6 hours) 2||3-6|
|or EOHS 546||Environmental & Occupational Health Science Internship|
|or PH 588||Public Health Capstone|
Courses may be selected from the list above or from other disciplines, given that the course is pertinent to the program of study. The graduate advisor must approve all elective courses.
Students who select PH 599 complete a thesis according to the requirements of WKU Graduate School. A committee of at least three (3) faculty members will direct each thesis. Students will be required to develop a proposal, defend the proposal, complete thesis research, write the thesis document, and then present the thesis to faculty and students. Additionally, each student will orally defend their thesis before their graduate committee.
Students who select PH 546 complete an internship experience of 240 hours. Students who select PH 588 complete an integrative learning experience that synthesizes core courses into an applied practice experience addressing a current issue focused on environmental and occupational health science or health promotion in the workplace. As part of these options, each student must develop a portfolio that details the internship or applied practice experience. Each portfolio will follow a rubric of required elements. The graduate advisor, in conjunction with the EOHS internship coordinator, must approve the internship. The graduate advisor in conjunction with the Applied EOHS Project instructor must approve the applied project. Internships and projects will require that the student keeps a daily log of activities, compiles weekly summaries, and documents the major objectives associated with the internship or project. The portfolio will include all internship or project documentation and the final presentation for the internship or project. Students completing the internship or project are required to make an oral defense of their portfolio to their graduate committee and present their work to faculty and students. Each portfolio will include a written professional quality report appropriate to graduate level education.