Environmental Health Degree Programs

Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program)

Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program)

The Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program) provides an exceptional educational experience to undergraduate students. It is our goal to educate high quality graduates who will excel not only in traditional didactic training but also in skills that are gained through problem solving, hypothesis testing, technical skills development, data analysis, data interpretation, and professional writing. This University-wide program will allow students to receive exceptional training in Public Health from our trained faculty.

Course of Study

Undergraduate students will complete the core requirements prior to their undergraduate degree. Upon graduation, students will complete their departmental requirements, electives, PUH 697: Internship, and PUH 695: Public Health Integrative Experience. 

Junior Year:

Fall: Core Class (BST 601ENH 600 onlineHCO 600EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online, ENH 600HB 600HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600EPI 600HB 600HCO 600)
Senior Year:
Fall: Core Class (BST 601,ENH 600 onlineHCO 600EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online,ENH 600HB 600HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600EPI 600HB 600HCO 600)
5th Year Graduate School
Fall: Departmental Courses: 12 hours
Spring: Departmental Courses: 12 hours 
Summer: Internship: 3 hours and PUH 695: 1 Hour

 


Departmental MPH Core Courses

Students may be required to register for their department core courses. Students should speak with their program coordinator before registering.

  • BST Students - BST 621 and BST 622, Statistical Methods
  • ENH Students - ENH 611, Environmental & Occupational Exposure Assessment
  • EPI Students - EPI 610, Principles of Epidemiologic Research
  • HB Students - HB 624, Advanced Theory and Practice in Behavioral Science

 


Admissions

The Process

  • Students must have a minimum of 60 hours and a maximum of 90 hours.
  • Applications are completed through the Graduate School's Apply Yourself application portal.
  • Individual departments will review the completed application and interview the applicant. 
  • Admission decisions are determined by the departments.

If you have questions regarding the Fast Track MPH Program, please contact Angela Sullivan at 934-4993 or at amsulli@uab.edu.

 

Please note: We do not offer the Fast Track MPH program in the Department of Biostatistics.

 

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Fast Track Program, a student typically must have:

  • A 3.25 GPA.
  • Between 60 and 90 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • GRE - Verbal: 147, Quantitative: 150, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing. 
  • Completed admission application through the UAB Graduate School website.
  • An official copy of current UAB undergraduate transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the current academic advisor and the remaining two from current or previous college course instructors. Electronic submission is preferred; however, referees can mail a letter in a sealed envelope.
  • An interview with the Departmental Program Director (at the discretion of the department).
  • A career statement describing their interests and goals and a one-page academic resume of academic activities including awards and community service.

If you receive financial aid assistance or scholarships, please speak with the UAB Financial Aid Office at 934-8223 prior to submitting an application to discuss financial coverage of graduate coursework.

Interested students can apply by going to the UAB Graduate School website and clicking on the Apply to Graduate School Online link. The Program that you are applying to is Public Health Fast Track (MPH). Please include your department of interest in the application essay section.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at (205) 934-4993 or email Angela Sullivan, Admissions Coordinator, at amsulli@uab.edu.

Master of Public Health in Environmental Health & Toxicology

Master of Public Health in Environmental Health & Toxicology (also ENH Fast Track)

Program Description:  Environmental health professionals must be able to recognize, evaluate, and control environmental risk factors that may lead to disease. The Master of Public Health in Environmental Health & Toxicology studies the links between environmental stressors and human health: from initial exposure to toxicant action to science-based risk assessment and policy development. We train students to recognize and assess exposures, determine the toxicity risk to the humans, and design and properly communicate strategies to reduce risk and help set appropriate policy.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of environmental regulations.
  • Specify approaches for assessing air- and water-borne agents.
  • Describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Specify approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Describe regulatory programs and agencies that influence environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Explain how environmental justice impacts health.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum:  In addition to the MPH core requirements, students take 24 hours of Environmental Health & Toxicology track and elective courses and a 3 hour internship for a minimum of 44 credit hours. 

Master of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety

Master of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety (OHSM)

Program Description: The MPH Occupational Health & Safety studies the links between the occupational environment and worker health, studying all aspects of this process from initial exposure to toxicant action to science-based policy development. We train students to recognize and assess exposures, determine the toxicity risk to workers, and develop strategies and management policies for the prevention of injury and disease. 

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Discuss worker health, safety, and compensation laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a managerial perspective of occupational disease hazards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of controlling workplace risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of occupational safety and health theory and practice.
  • Describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Specify approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Describe regulatory programs and agencies that influence environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Explain how environmental justice impacts health.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum: In addition to the MPH core requirements, students take 23 hours of Occupational Health & Safety track and elective courses and a 3 hour internship for a minimum of 43 credit hours. 

Master of Public Health in Industrial Hygiene

Master of Public Health in Industrial Hygiene (IHY)

Program Description:  This track is designed to provide an intensive educational experience for students who have a strong commitment to occupational and industrial health and safety and hazardous substances. It aims to develop the students' understanding of the interrelationships between the basic sciences and the causes and prevention of occupational related diseases.  The MPH in industrial hygiene combines didactic research instruction and applied research experience for students with or without previous work experience.  Graduates of the program will be capable of developing systematic approaches to identifying and controlling problems in industrial hygiene, designing and implementing research programs to measure the level of work exposure to hazardous agents, and instituting necessary control measures. The industrial hygiene program works with the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety, one of 16 Education and Research Centers partially supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Calculus, although not required, is highly recommended.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of controlling workplace risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Apply experiences learned in practicums to industrial hygiene practice.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of industrial hygiene theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in industrial and occupational exposures and controls.
  • Describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Specify approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Describe regulatory programs and agencies that influence environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Explain how environmental justice impacts health.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum: In addition to the MPH core requirements, students take 25 hours of Industrial Hygiene and elective courses and a 3 hour internship for a minimum of 45 credit hours.  Internships are generally paid positions in industry.  More than 60 industries nationwide have participated in this program.  If a student is a trainee of the Deep South Center ERC and receives NIOSH funding they will be required to take additional courses and conduct a maters research project.

Master of Public Health in Accelerated Program in Industrial Hygiene

Master of Public Health in Accelerated Program in Industrial Hygiene (AIHY)

Program Description:  This track is designed specifically for and limited to graduates of undergraduate Industrial Hygiene programs financially supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Graduates of these programs have already received basic courses from NIOSH, peer-reviewed and approved Industrial Hygiene curricula, and are qualified to practice Industrial Hygiene. The Accelerated Program in Industrial Hygiene will broaden the student's public health knowledge and skills while also preparing students to take leadership roles in Industrial Hygiene.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of controlling workplace risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Apply experiences learned in practicums to industrial hygiene practice.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of industrial hygiene theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in industrial and occupational exposures and controls.
  • Describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Specify approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Describe regulatory programs and agencies that influence environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Explain how environmental justice impacts health.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.

Admission:  Students who have graduated from a NIOSH funded and ABET accredited undergraduate Industrial Hygiene program and  have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

ABET is the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. Students without previous experience, but who have a strong commitment to occupational health and safety, may be admitted.  In addition to the general admissions requirements for the School of Public Health enrollees shall hold a baccalaureate degree based on a minimum of 120 semester hours or the equivalent that shall include 63 or more semester-hour credits in undergraduate or graduate-level courses in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology, with at least 15 of those at the upper (junior, senior, or graduate) level and a minimum of 21 semester-hour credits, or the equivalent, in communications, humanities and social sciences.  Remedial courses, designed to remove deficiencies in the background of entering students, are inherently at a level lower than expected in college credit work.  Such courses, particularly in the areas of mathematics, basic science, and communications, cannot be used to meet the minimums in curricular content requirements.

Curriculum:   In addition to the MPH core requirements,students take 22 hours of Industrial Hygiene and elective courses and a 3 hour internship for a total minimum of 42 credit hours.  Internships are generally paid positions in industry.  More than 60 industries nationwide have participated in this program.  If a student is a trainee of the Deep South Center ERC and receives NIOSH funding they will be required to take additional courses and conduct a maters research project.

Online Master of Public Health in Environmental Health & Toxicology

Online Master of Public Health in Environmental Health & Toxicology (ENHQ)

Program Description:  The online degree is ideal for those students who may not have time to attend a bricks-and-mortar classroom. Covering the same content as the standard degree, this MPH in Environmental Health & Toxicology will allow students to rigorously study the links between the environment and human health: from initial exposure to toxicant action to science-based risk assessment and policy development. We train students to recognize and assess exposures, determine the toxicity risk to the humans, and design and properly communicate strategies to reduce risk and help set appropriate policy.  The mandatory internship may be conducted at the professional's workplace, but the activities during the internship must be differentiated from routine work activities and be properly supervised and documented.    

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of environmental regulations.
  • Specify approaches for assessing air-and water-borne agents.
  • Describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Specify approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Describe regulatory programs and agencies that influence environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Explain how environmental justice impacts health.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum:  In addition to the MPH core requirements, students take 24 hours of Environmental Health & Toxicology track and elective courses and a 3 hour internship for a minimum of 44 credit hours. 

Online Master of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety

Online Master of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety (OHSQ)

Designed for working professionals, our on-line degree program lets you earn your degree while you continue in your career. The MPH Occupational Health & Safety studies the links between the occupational environment and worker health, studying all aspects of this process from initial exposure to toxicant action to science-based policy development. We train students to recognize and assess exposures, determine the toxicity risk to workers, and develop strategies and management policies for the prevention of injury and disease. The mandatory internship may be conducted at the professional's workplace, but the activities during the internship must be differentiated from routine work activities and be properly supervised and documented.   

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Discuss worker health, safety, and compensation laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a managerial perspective of occupational disease hazards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of controlling workplace risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of occupational safety and health theory and practice.
  • Describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Specify approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Describe regulatory programs and agencies that influence environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Explain how environmental justice impacts health.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum:  In addition to the MPH core requirements, students take 23 hours of Occupational Health & Safety track and elective courses and a 3 hour internship for a minimum of 43 credit hours. 

Online Master of Public Health in Industrial Hygiene

Online Master of Public Health in Industrial Hygiene (IHYQ)

Program Description:  The online MPH degree in Industrial Hygiene is specifically designed for the working professional who wants to advance his/her career. It aims to develop the students' understanding of the interrelationships between the basic sciences and the causes and prevention of occupational related diseases. The MPH in industrial hygiene combines didactic research instruction and applied research experience for students with or without previous work experience. Graduates of the program will be capable of developing systematic approaches to identifying and controlling problems in industrial hygiene, designing and implementing research programs to measure the level of work exposure to hazardous agents, and instituting necessary control measures. The mandatory internship may be conducted at the professional's workplace, but the activities during the internship must be differentiated from routine work activities and be properly supervised and documented. Calculus, although not required, is highly recommended.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of controlling workplace risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Apply experiences learned in practicums to industrial hygiene practice.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of industrial hygiene theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in industrial and occupational exposures and controls.
  • Describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Specify approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Describe regulatory programs and agencies that influence environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Explain how environmental justice impacts health.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum:   In addition to the MPH core requirements, students take 25 hours of Industrial Hygiene and a 3 hour internship for a minimum of 45 credit hours.  Internships are generally paid positions in industry.  More than 60 industries nationwide have participated in this program.  If a student is a trainee of the Deep South Center ERC and receives NIOSH funding they will be required to take additional courses and conduct a maters research project.

Master of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health Toxicology

Master of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health Toxicology (ETOX)

Program Description:  Environmental health professionals must be able to recognize, evaluate, and control environmental risk factors that may lead to disease. The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program in Environmental Health & Toxicology is designed to provide an intensive educational and research experience.  This includes the design and carry out of research to assess the probability that environmental stressors present a risk to humans, and to define safe limits for human exposures. The research aspect of this curriculum is conducted under the requirements of the UAB Graduate School, and includes: formation of a research committee, presentation of a research proposal, conducting of the research, preparation of a formal thesis, and presentation and defense of the thesis.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of environmental regulations.
  • Specify approaches for assessing air- and water-borne agents.
  • Describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Specify approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Describe regulatory programs and agencies that influence environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Explain how environmental justice impacts health.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.
  • Conduct a literature review on an ENH topic.
  • Write a research proposal appropriate for degree.
  • Perform supervised research appropriate for degree.
  • Write a manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal based on own research.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum:   In addition to the MSPH core requirements, students take 26 hours of courses and electives, current topics, and research hours for a minimum of 39 credit hours. 

Master of Science in Public Health in Industrial Hygiene

Master of Science in Public Health in Industrial Hygiene (IHY)

Program Description:  The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) curriculum with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene will provide students with an option to focus on industrial hygiene topics and provide an intensive research experience. Industrial hygiene professionals must be able to recognize, evaluate, and control occupational situations that may lead to disease.  They may also require expertise in designing and conducting studies of occupational and industrial agents to assess the probability that environmental toxics present a risk to workers, and to define safe limits for human exposures.  The research aspect of this curriculum is conducted under the requirements of the UAB Graduate School, and includes: formation of a research committee, defense of a research proposal, conduct of the research, preparation of a formal thesis, and presentation and defense of the thesis. The industrial hygiene program works with the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety, one of 16 Education and Research Centers partially supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Recognize workplace risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders and understand general methods for controlling them.
  • Apply experiences learned in practicums to industrial hygiene practice.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of industrial hygiene theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in industrial and occupational exposures and controls.
  • Design, conduct, and evaluate research studies. 
  • Describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Specify approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Describe regulatory programs and agencies that influence environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Explain how environmental justice impacts health.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.
  • Conduct a literature review on an ENH topic.
  • Write a research proposal appropriate for degree.
  • Perform supervised research appropriate for degree.
  • Write a manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal based on own research.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.  Students without previous experience, but who have a strong commitment to Industrial Hygiene, may be admitted. In addition to the general admissions requirements for the School of Public Health enrollees should have a strong background in math and science and a strong commitment to conduct research (laboratory or field based) as the MS level.

Curriculum:   Students must complete a minimum of 56 credit hours, including public health core courses, industrial hygiene courses, research, and a 3 hour internship.  The degree can be obtained in 21 months of full-time study.

Doctor of Philosophy in ENH (Environmental Health Focus)

Doctor of Philosophy in ENH (Environmental Health Focus)

Program Description: The PhD in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences is an academic research degree. The doctoral program prepares scientists for careers in research, environmental program management, risk assessment and policy. Didactic training and research in the identification, evaluation, and control of hazards to human health are emphasized in this program.  Students may concentrate on a wide variety of areas including exposure assessment, toxicology, environmental chemistry, air and water pollution, risk assessment and management. In addition to understanding the advanced concepts of environmental health sciences, graduates of this program are expected to develop skills that will enable them to identify and define questions of environmental health importance, design research studies to address these questions, and to complete a program of research that demonstrates abilities as an independent investigator. Graduates are qualified to assume upper-level positions in the public or private sector in research, management, teaching, or consulting.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of environmental regulations.
  • Comprehensively describe issues of environmental justice and impacts on health
  • Comprehensively describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Comprehensively explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Evaluate approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.
  • Demonstrate ethics in research practice, human subjects and animals.
  • Conduct a literature review on an ENH topic.
  • Write a research proposal appropriate for degree.
  • Perform supervised research appropriate for degree.
  • Write a manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal based on own research.
  • Defend original research to dissertation committee.

Admission:  Particular emphasis is placed upon students' interest and their commitment to research.  The PhD degree requires an original and carefully thought out research dissertation.  Students with previous experience and therefore specific ideas for research are particularly encouraged to apply.  The general departmental admission requirements apply to the PhD applicants; however, a previous master's degree is preferred.  Those students who do not have a master's degree a related field must take additional 15 hours of courses to meet the learning objectives for the MSPH in environmental health and toxicologyor industrial hygiene.  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum: PhD students are expected to complete courses in 4 areas.  The department track requirements, electives, seminar and journal club hours, and research.  Other courses preparatory to dissertation research will be determined by the academic advisor or dissertation committee in consultation with the student.

Two sets of general requirements are listed in the attachments. Students who are admitted to the PhD program with a BA or BS, or those that a master’s degree from a different specialty, will be required to complete a minimum of 72 hours.  Students entering with a related master’s degree will follow the schedule requiring 59 credit hours. The admissions committee will decide which schedule the student is required to follow. These are also the minimum number of required hours: additional coursework that the dissertation committee deems necessary, or additional research hours needed to complete the dissertation, may increase the total number of credit hours.

Environmental Health Courses and Descriptions

Environmental Health Courses (ENH)

ENH 600/600Q. Fundamentals of Environmental Health Sciences.  This introductory course is designed to teach public health graduate students the fundamental concepts of environmental health science, the scientific research methods used to study the interaction between human health and the environment, and basic issues in the management of occupational and environmental health problems. Prerequisites: Admission into the MPH program or permission of instructor.  College level biology and/or chemistry strongly recommended.  This course is also available online with permission of the instructor.  3 hours (Dickinson)

ENH 601. Environmental Chemistry.  Chemical concepts applied to pollutant behavior in biosphere; absorption, leaching, evaporation.  Mechanisms of chemical modification in environmental, photochemical processes, redox systems, hydrolysis; metabolic transformation of selected pesticides, air contaminants, and hazardous chemical wastes are also discussed. Prerequisite: General Chemistry and Calculus recommended.  3 hours (Kavouras)

ENH 603. Management of Occupational Health and Safety Programs.  Provides an overview of management principles as they relate to occupational safety and industrial hygiene, emphasizing the development of the "soft" skills. It provides management training as well as communication techniques for illustrating and justifying changes that are technically sound.  The course will review theoretical and practical principles of managing safety and industrial hygiene programs.  Real world examples are used to support management theories.  3 hours

ENH 609 Q. Climate Change and Global Health.  Climate change is an exceptional global environmental crisis primarily driven by anthropogenic activities with adverse consequences on ecological and life systems. This course will provide students an overview of the driving forces and mechanics of climate change and a comprehensive analysis of the implications on Earth’s natural/human ecosystems and health in a local, regional and global scale. The concepts, approaches and uncertainties of methods applied to assess and monitor the health impacts of climate change will be presented and specific disease cases will be discussed. Lastly, ongoing efforts to cope/adapt, mitigate or reduce the impacts and the mechanisms to develop these tools will be examined.  This course is only offered online.  3 hours (Kavouras)

ENH 610Q. Environmental Disasters.  Examines the worldwide problem of toxic disasters, particularly those involving invisible agents (chemicals, infectious disease agents, radiation). Theory, case studies, field experience, and current scientific research are reviewed, and the public health, environmental, human services and public policy implications of toxic disasters are discussed.  This course is only offered online.  3 hours (Fanucchi)

ENH 611/611Q.  Environmental & Occupational Exposure Assessment.  This lecture course is intended to develop an understanding and appreciation of environmental exposure assessment and its role in providing the tools and information for toxicology, epidemiology, and risk management. The course material introduces the general concepts of first recognizing environmental exposures to chemicals in human populations, and then using sampling techniques to assess exposures.   This course is also available online.  3 hours (Kavouras)

ENH 612Q.  Assessing & Managing Environmental Risks.   Examination of the methods used in developing environmental policy, with a focus on how toxicology and exposure measurements are used in environmental risk assessment and management.  Students will learn the risk assessment process from identifying hazards, assessing exposure, and characterizing the risks, as well as identifying means to evaluate the effectiveness of environmental policies from social and economic perspectives.  This course is only available online. Prerequisite: ENH 650 or permission of instructor.   3 hours (Roberts/Dickinson)

ENH 621Q. Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene.  Industrial hygiene principles of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards found in the work environment, including chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic. Development, application, and limitations of occupational health guidelines and standards. 3 hours (Oh)

ENH 622. Industrial Hygiene Application for Hazardous Substances.  This course covers industrial hygiene aspects of hazardous waste operations, and the regulatory aspects of those operations.  Students will gain knowledge of the OSHA and EPA regulations related to health and safety issues and will learn about personal safety equipment and techniques, administrative controls, and hazardous waste sampling. Prerequisite: ENH 621 or equivalent.  3 hours (Faculty)

ENH 624/624Q. Control of Occupational Hazards.  General concepts of industrial hygiene controls. Principles of the application of general dilution and local exhaust ventilation. Factors affecting performance of personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g., respirator and protective clothing) and selection of appropriate PPEs for specific exposures. This course is available online only for working IH professionals.  2 hours (Oh) 

ENH 625/625Q. Industrial Hygiene Case Studies.  Integration students' basic knowledge in industrial hygiene through consideration of real work-place situations.  Step-by-Step analysis of case reports covering occupational health and safety problems in representative industrial situations. Sequential presentation of overview of working conditions, survey strategies, interpretation of results, and recommendations. This course is available online.  2 hours (Oh)

ENH 626/626Q. Physical Agents.  Sources, effects, and control of occupational and environmental noise, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, vibration, pressure, and temperature extremes. Review of regulatory and consensus standards and introduction of measurement equipment and techniques. This course is available online only for working IH professionals.   2 hours (Oh)

ENH 635Q:  Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases: Causes and Prevention.  Food and water safety are essential to maintain human health.  The CDC estimates that about 1-in-6 in the US succumb to a foodborne illness each year. The high incidence of foodborne and waterborne diseases warrants an intentional study of the pathogens and chemicals responsible for this incredible number of illnesses and significant burden to the medical system. Students will understand the agents that cause disease, disease pathogenesis combined with host and comorbid factors, methods of transmission, surveillance, and prevention.  This course is only available online.  3 hours (Fanucchi/Dickinson)

ENH 650/650Q.  Essentials of Environmental and Occupational Toxicology and Diseases.  Serves as introductory graduate level course that focuses on multiple aspects of toxicology and disease processes associated with environmental and occupational exposures.  Students learn basic terminology and concepts of environmental and occupational toxicology as well as occupational and environmental disease recognition, management and prevention.  Emphasis is on scientific foundations rather than on addressing topical issues.  The general course orientation is towards basic principles, organ system physiology, diseases and prevention.   This course is also available online.  3 hours (Iles/Fanucchi)

ENH 660/660Q. Fundamentals of Air & Water Pollution.  An integrated introduction to air and water pollution, including its sources, transport, and effects.  Focus will be on measurement and characterization of air pollution and the bio-assessment of water quality. Regulatory control of pollutants and the technical aspects of engineering controls will also be given emphasis.  This course is also offered online.  3 hours (Lungu/Fanucchi)

ENH 661/661Q. Environmental Sampling and Analysis Lab.  This course is designed to provide the students with a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of air and water sampling.  The course will focus on contaminant gases, vapors, suspended particulate material and dissolved chemicals in water.  A basic understanding of chemistry and physics is prerequisite.  2 hours (Lungu)

ENH 670Q. Fundamentals of Occupational Safety.  Basic principles of safety and loss control; emphasis on prevention of losses of people, property, and products in work place. Developing competence in human-factors engineering, fire prevention, physical and behavioral science, product safety, and science of accident prevention.  This course is only offered online. 3 hours

ENH 680. Interdisciplinary  Field Studies.  Field trips to industries throughout Alabama to observe processes and interact with other occupational health personnel.  Seminars held with occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, and safety and ergonomics students to exchange information on latest developments in each field. Prerequisite: ENH 621 or Permission of Instructor. 1 hour

ENH 681. Interdisciplinary Worksite Evaluations.  To assist students in developing critical thinking and analytical skills, provide them with experience in applying discipline-specific knowledge in a broad occupational health and safety context, and provide experience in working in interdisciplinary teams.  The course consists of an overview of survey methodology and information sources, with emphasis on job safety analysis, a review of the occupational site or process to be evaluated and a report of the identified hazards and recommended controls.  2 hours

ENH 691/691Q. Current Topics in Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety Seminar.  Development of communication skills through objectively reviewing scientific presentations in the environmental and occupational health field; preparing and delivering presentations to a professional audience.  This course is available online.  1 hour (Lungu)

ENH 697/697Q. Internship.  Field experience under joint direction of a public health faculty member and qualified specialist working in selected aspects of public health. Pass/No Pass.  3 hours (Faculty)

ENH 698. Master's Directed Research, Environmental Health.  Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty.  Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours (Faculty)

ENH 699. Project Research, Environmental Health.  Research for project under direction of research project committee.  Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours (Faculty)

ENH 700. Scientific Basis of Environmental Health.  This is an overview course that is intended to provide doctoral students with a broad understanding of the scientific principles on which environmental health is based within the context of the interaction of human activities and ecosystems, and the reciprocal impact of those interactions on human health and global ecology.  Course will be graded by letter.  3 hours (Faculty)

ENH 701. Environmental Chemistry.  This advanced course covers physical and chemical processes that determine the dynamic nature of the atmosphere and interrelations with water and soil.  It also covers measurement methods and data analysis regarding observed concentrations of many key compounds.  The course also covers chemical aspects of current environmental change issues, as well as reviews risk assessment as applied to tropospheric air quality. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisites: ENH 601 is preferred.  Other courses emphasizing thermodynamics, kinetics and transport phenomena can be used with permission of instructor.  3 hours (Kavouras)

ENH 702. Advanced Topics in Environmental Management.  Building on ENH 612, this advanced course examines emerging issues and challenges in environmental management and policy. Topics include global environmental threats, ecosystem management, ecological risk assessments, and frameworks for integrating science and public policy. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisite: ENH 602 or 612 or permission of instructor.  3 hours (Kavouras)

ENH 705. Special Topics (Readings) in Environmental and Occupational Health.  Following topics taught on request on individual basis. 1 - 9 hours each Radiological Health, Air Pollution, Systems Safety, Advanced Toxicology, Environmental Monitoring, Noise Control, Free Radical Biology & Medicine, Techniques of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology, Environmental Justice and Racism. (Faculty)

ENH 710. Grant Proposal Writing in Biomedical Sciences.  This course will train second-year graduate students in the intricacies of writing research proposals in the biomedical sciences. Pass/No Pass.  1 hour (Faculty)

ENH 752:  Biochemical & Molecular Toxicology.  This advanced course focuses on the cellular, biochemical and molecular mechanisms of toxicant action in humans.  Specific toxic agents to be discussed will vary based on student and instructor interest, and students are encouraged to focus on agents specific to their research interests.  This course is taught partly as an independent study/directed readings, with some lecture material.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  3 hours (Fanucchi)

ENH 763. Aerosol Technology.  Defines properties and behavior of aerosols from industrial hygiene and environmental perspectives.  Reviews fundamental particle descriptions and critical fluid properties affecting particle behavior.  Methods of defining particle size and particle behavior.  Methods of defining particle size and size distribution and theories of particle kinetics and their application to particle disposition and collection. Prerequisite.  3 hours (Kavouras)

ENH 770. Advanced Topics in Environmental Disasters and Public Health.  Examines emerging public health challenges posed by incidents involving chemicals, radiation and biological agents.  Students are provided with the opportunity to undertake guided research on current topics in the field and discuss their findings with graduate students and faculty members.  Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisites: ENH 610.  3 hours (Fanucchi)

ENH 781: Journal Club. The purpose of this course is to provide a forum in which students become comfortable critically reviewing recent refereed publications in the fields of environmental and occupational health, and industrial hygiene.    Students will also be expected to become comfortable answering and asking questions in a scientific setting.  1 hour (Lungu)

ENH 790. Seminar: Current Topics in Environmental Health Sciences Research.  Interactive forum in which graduate students and faculty discuss dissertation research projects and topics related to the field of Environmental Health Sciences research through the presentation of journal articles.  Course is designed to develop oral communication skills for presenting scientific material to peer groups.  Presentations by graduate students are followed by discussion and questions. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.  Pass/No Pass. 1 hour (Kavouras)

ENH 796. Environmental Health Sciences Research.  Lab Rotations. Prerequisites: Required for First and Second Year PhD students in the Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Management and Policy foci.  Course will be graded by letter.  Permission of instructor required to register.  3 hours (Faculty)

ENH 798. Doctoral Directed Research, Environmental Health.  Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty. Pass/No Pass.  1 - 9 hours (Faculty)

ENH 799. Dissertation Research, Environmental Health.  Research for dissertation under the direction of the dissertation committee. Pass/No Pass.  1 - 9 hours (Faculty)

 

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