Environmental Public Health Science

The Environmental Public Health concentration is housed within the Department of Global and Environmental Health and anticipates the global marketplace demand for expertise in both environmental health research and practice, focusing on developing skills in analyzing and managing complex issues through both research and applied practice.

As a student in the program, you’ll develop a deep understanding of current global policy and practice, and the ability to advance sustainable, equitable, scalable solutions to environmental challenges. Your core and elective courses will encompass Systems Science, Applied Global Health, and Sustainability.

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Key Skills
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Degree Requirements and Full-Time Sequence
Environmental Public Health Requirements Checklist (for students who matriculated in Fall 2023 or later)
Environmental Public Health Requirements Checklist (for students who matriculated prior to Fall 2023)

 

Key Skills

When you graduate with the Environmental Public Health concentration, you’ll be prepared to take on leadership roles in public health settings around the globe. You’ll stand out to employers with a skillset that has both breadth and depth, including the following competencies.

  1. Describe the origin and pathways of contaminants in the environment and the mechanisms through which they are introduced
  2. Identify the direct and indirect effects of environmental hazards on humans and ecological systems
  3. Assess the qualitative and quantitative aspects of exposure, dose response, and risk characterization of environmental agents
  4. Critically evaluate, synthesize, and interpret scientific findings in the environmental health literature, including relevant topics in epidemiology, toxicology, engineering, and medicine
  5. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risk to human health and safety
  6. Define the role and impact of national and international environmental health regulatory programs, agencies, and organizations

Professional Development

You will benefit from countless opportunities to build skills and experience to prepare you for successful careers in public health and environmental health sciences. There are many professional development opportunities available to you at NYU GPH, including internships, fellowships, employment, volunteer opportunities, professional association membership, and more.

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“It is critically important for students to understand how the environments in which we live can foster well-being or exacerbate illness and disease. As stewards of the environment, we need to develop and employ policies and practices that can mitigate harm and promote health.”
- - David Abramson, PhD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Program on Population Impact, Recovery, and Resilience

All students in the Environmental Public Health track take the follow core courses (18 credits) as part of the MPH degree requirements:

GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
 

All students in the Environmental Public Health track take the following courses:

GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global Health (3)
GPH-GU 2265 Climate Change and Global Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5210 Global Health Disaster Preparedness & Response (3)
GPH-GU 2280 Environmental Health Assessments & Interventions (3)
 

All students in the Environmental concentration select 12 credits of public health electives from the following list:
(students can register directly on Albert unless otherwise indicated)

CE-GY 7523 Air Pollution (strong chemistry background required) (3)****
ENYC-GE 2005 Cities and Their Environments (3)
CE-GY 7913 Climate Science: Realities & Risks of a Changing Climate (3)***
GPH-GU 3260 Complex Systems, Disasters, and the Social Ecology of Health (3)
PADM-GP 4414 Corporate Philanthropy and Engagement (1.5)*
GLOB1-GC 2130  Corporate Social Responsibility:  Global Implications, Future Leadership (3)
GPH-GU 2242 Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications (3)
GPH-GU 2232 Detection and Control of Waterborne Pathogens (3)
GPH-GU 2440 Emerging Disease and Bioterrorism (3)
GLOB1-GC 2405  Energy, Environment, and Resource Security (3)
EHSC-GA 2309 Environmental Carcinogenesis (4)**
ENYC-GE 2022 Environmental Education (3)
CE-GY 7673 Environmental Impact Assessment (3)***
URPL-GP 2625 Environmental Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities (3)*
GPH-GU 2211 Environmental Justice (3)
ENYC-GE 2018 Environmental Justice through Digital Empowerment (3)
ENYC-GE 2021 Environmental Politics (3)
CE-GY 7753 Environmental Systems Management (3)***
ENYC-GE 2019 Fundamentals of Environmental Thought (3)
URPL-GP 2618 Geographic Information Systems and Analysis (3)*
GLOB1-GC 2518  Geographic Information Systems for Global Affairs (3)
EHSC-GA 1010 Global Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Health (4)**
GPH-GU 5342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition: Climate, Sustainability, and Food Security (3)
GPH-GU 2319 Grant Writing to Fund Public Health Research (3)
CE-GY 6053 Monitoring Cities (3)***
EHSC-GA 2025 Principles of Environmental Measurements (4)**
GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative and Field Methods (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
CE-GY 7703 Solid Waste Management (3)***
CE-GY 7653 Wetland Design for Water Quality Improvement (3)

* students must request enrollment for this Wagner course via their Non-Wagner Student Portal.
** students must first request permission from the instructor and then forward that email, along with your N#, to Cynthia Jose (cynthia.jose@nyulangone.org) who can enroll you in the course.
*** students must seek permission by emailing Mohsen Hossein at mh1987@nyu.edu.
**** will open to GPH students about 2 weeks after the start of registration.
 

Applied Practice Experience

Students in the Environmental Public Health concentration are required to complete 180 hours of supervised, relevant public health practice in the form of an internship. The qualifying practice experience may be related to students' current employment.

In addition, students are required to complete the following two courses as part of their applied practice experience:

GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
GPH-GU 2360  Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)

Supervised field experience providing an opportunity to apply public health skills in community health settings. Locations may include government agencies, hospitals, professional associations, voluntary health agencies, businesses, industries, and international agencies. Placement selection may focus on special topics such as infectious or chronic disease prevention, substance abuse, family planning, and food, environment, and health systems.

GPH-GU 2360 is is designed to ensure that the student has acquired all of the competencies promised by the program. Evidence of mastery can take the form of exercises, exams, papers, and reports.


NOTE: The applied practice experience for all concentrations was revised beginning Fall 2017 and will be effective for students who matriculate in that term. Please click here for further information about the requirements for your applied practice experience.

Year 1:

Fall semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global Health (3)
GPH-GU 5140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3 credits)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2280 Environmental Health Assessments & Interventions (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 5210 Global Health Disaster Preparedness & Response (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

Year 2:

Fall semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2265 Climate Change and Global Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar (2)
Elective 1 (3)

Spring semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2360  Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (2)
Elective 2 (3)
Elective 3 (3)
Elective 4 (3)

Environmental Public Health Course Checklist

The Environmental Public Health checklist (2023) outlines the requirements for the concentration, as well as which core and concentration courses have prerequisites. Use this tool as you move along in the program to help keep track of the courses you’ve taken, as well as what’s up next.

Want to Learn More about Environmental Public Health?

To find out even more about the Environmental Public Health concentration, including the skills you’ll gain and the courses you’ll take, please take a look at our fact sheet (pdf). 

Are you ready to reinvent the global public health paradigm and become a leader that helps populations around the world? Apply for the Master of Public Health now!