Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Environmental and Occupational Health Science, Master of Science (0473)

Department website: https://www.wku.edu/publichealth


Program Coordinator

Edrisa Sanyang, edrisa.sanyang@wku.edu, (270) 745-3500

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.

The Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Science is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).

Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)

This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years.  Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.

Program Admission

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 who fulfill one of the following conditions: 1) A cumulative GPA of greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Environmental Health and Safety graduate certificate program; 2) a cumulative GPA from a U.S. regionally accredited university of at least a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale; or, 3)Minimums of 139 for the GRE Verbal Score and 139 for the GRE Quantitative Score.

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (36 hours)

Required Courses
EOHS 502Health Promotion in the Workplace3
EOHS 550Principles of Occupational Safety and Health3
EOHS 560Environmental Management and Risk Assessment3
EOHS 577Environmental Toxicology3
PH 501Research Methods3
PH 520Biostatistics for Public Health3
PH 582Epidemiology3
PH 584Principles of Environmental Health3
Electives
Select 6 hours (thesis option students) or 9 hours (applied practice experience option students) from the following: 16-9
EOHS Electives
Watershed Management and Science
Industrial Hygiene
Air Quality Management
Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Solid and Hazardous Wastes
Public Health Management of Disasters
Applied Methods in Public Health Practice/Field Epidemiology
Advanced Biostatistics
Advanced Epidemiology
Workplace Health Promotion Electives
Health Assessment in Workplace
Program Planning in Public Health Practice
Public Health Education and Communication Techniques
Health Behavior
Culminating Experience
PH 599Thesis Research/Writing (6 hrs) 23-6
or EOHS 546 Environmental & Occupational Health Science Internship
or PH 588 Public Health Capstone
Total Hours36