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Oregon Master of Public Health Program

Environmental Systems and Human Health
Oregon MPH at Oregon Health & Science University 

*New in Fall 2014, pending approvals* 

The MPH in Environmental Systems and Human Health (ESHH) offers ecosystem-based public health training for students who would like to investigate and remediate environmental impacts on public health. Believing that a healthy environment is the cornerstone of preventative medicine, the goal of the ESHH track is to produce graduates who will be able to analyze how human activities impact environmental systems, which in turn affect the health of human populations. Areas of study include environmental change and its effect on public health, environmental pathogens and bioremediation, environmental fate and remediation of organic chemicals, contaminant occurrence and social justice issues, mass transport and fluid flow, infectious agents, bioaccumulation of toxins, food security, wastewater treatment, environmental risk assessment and toxicity testing, and culturally competent risk communication. Special attention will be given to mediating and modifying the effects of environmental disruptions on the health of vulnerable populations in a culturally competent, ethical manner. 

Track Learning Competencies

Graduates of the ESHH track will be prepared to work collaboratively with communities and health professionals in academic, governmental, non-profit, and private sector settings on applied projects that include environmental elements; integrating their knowledge of natural and health sciences to evaluate environmental health problems, policies, and programs. 

Students graduating from this track will be able to:
  • Communicate the relationship between environmental systems and human health.
  • Analyze how environmental hazards (chemical, physical and biological) interact with natural and built systems, including the mechanisms of their adverse effects on humans.
  • Evaluate the risk of environmental exposures to human populations through the incorporation of exposure, toxicological, and other relevant data into risk assessment methodology.
  • Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental and occupational hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  • Assess and interpret relevant literature in the area of public health and the environment. 
  • Explain the general mechanisms of toxicity in eliciting a human health effect in response to various environmental and occupational exposures.
  • Describe federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Integrate, synthesize and apply theory to practice in the context of a research study, policy development, or environmental exposure. 
  • Demonstrate cultural competency in community settings.
  • Apply ethical principles that govern the practice of environmental risk assessment, management, and communication.

Track Information:   

Environmental Systems and Human Health Track Curriculum and Course Competencies 

Environmental Systems and Human Health Student Handbook (AVAILABLE UPON TRACK APPROVALS)  

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Contact Information: 

Admissions Information:

Vanessa Green
Director of Student Development & Diversity
Oregon Health & Science University
Institute of Environmental Health
Mail code: HRC3
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, Oregon 97239-3098
Phone: 503-346-3411
Fax: 503-346-3427

Curricular Information:

Nievita Bueno Watts, PhD
Director of Academic Programs
Oregon Health & Science University
Institute of Environmental Health
Mail code: HRC3
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, Oregon 97239-3098
Phone: 503-346-3410
Fax: 503-346-3427

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Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

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