Environmental Public Health Sciences

The Environmental Public Health Sciences concentration is housed within the department of global 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

When you graduate with the Environmental Public Health Sciences 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
  7. Identify cost-effective interventions, strategies, and platforms to accelerate context specific progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

 

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. Learn more about the 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 Sciences 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 Sciences track take the following courses:

GPH-GU 2382 A Systems Approach to Food Access (3)
GPH-GU 2265 Climate Change and Environmental Policy (3)
GPH-GU 2260 Disasters, Complex Systems, and the Social Ecology of Health (3)
EHSC-GA 1006 Toxicology (3)

 

All students in the Environmental Public Health Sciences track choose (12 credits) from the following list:

GPH-GU 5220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs (3)
EHSC-GA 2051 Children's Environmental Health (4)
GPH-GU 2232 Detection and Control of Waterborne Pathogens (3)
GPH-GU 5150 Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Organizations (3)
GPH-GU 2440 Emerging Diseases and Bioterrorism (3)
CE-GY 7513 Environmental Health Engineering (3)
EHSC-GA 2035 Environmental Hygiene Measurements (4)
EHSC-GA 2037 & 2038 Environmental Hygiene Laboratory I & II (4)
GPH-GU 2211 Environmental Injustice: From Local to Global (3)
GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global Health (3)
GPH-GU 5210 Global Health Disaster Preparedness & Response (3)
GPH-GU 2230 Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Control (3)
GPH-GU 2405 Health Communications: Changing Social Norms in Theory & Practice (3)
GPH-GU 5270 Management of Public Health Disasters (3)
GPH-GU 2371 Program Analysis & Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2345 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: A Global Perspective (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
PADM-GP 2110 Strategic Management (3)

 

Applied Practice Experience

Students in the Environmental Public Health Sciences 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  Internship I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2 credits)

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  Internship II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2 credits)

This course 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 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 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 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2265 Climate Change & Environmental Policy (3)
GPH-GU 2260 Disasters, Complex Systems, and the Social Ecology of Health (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 2359  Internship I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2 credits)
EHSC-GA 1006 Toxicology (3)
Elective 1 (3)
Elective 2 (3)

Spring semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2360  Internship II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2 credits)
GPH-GU 2382 A Systems Approach to Food Access (3)
Elective 3 (3)
Elective 4 (3)

NOTE: Please be advised that the culminating applied practice experience for all concentrations will be revised beginning Fall 2017 and will be effective for students who matriculate in that term.

Environmental Public Health Sciences Course Checklist

The Environmental Public Health Sciences checklist 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 Sciences?

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

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