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Doctor of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health

The DrPH in environmental and occupational health is designed to prepare individuals for leadership and/or consulting positions in the management and planning aspects of environmental and occupational health. The program provides a professional degree that emphasizes a practice-oriented, interdisciplinary approach to research encompassing in its coursework the competencies of the five core areas of public health: environmental health, biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, and behavioral and community health. In particular, it further encourages the development of proficiencies in other high-level career directions.
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Recent graduates and current students hold the following positions:
  • senior nuclear specialist and administrator, First Energy Nuclear Operating Company
  • environmental consultant/scientist, Concurrent Technologies Corporation
  • manager of science and communications, FracTracker Alliance

Recent Dissertation Titles

  • A Study of Xenoestrogens in the Greater Pittsburgh Area
  • Hybrid Dispersion/Land Use Regression Modeling for Improving Pollutant Concentration Estimates
  • Water and Fish Tissue Quality in Local Watersheds Subject to Wastewater Discharges


Graduates will be able to:
  • Analyze and interpret concepts and data from the peer-reviewed literature adhering to current scientific standards
  • Conduct environmental and occupational health research projects, designing experiments, obtaining the data, and interpreting the results
  • Implement behavioral, engineering and institutional interventions to prevent or control environmental and occupational hazards
  • Influence health policy and program-decision making through effective communication based on scientific evidence, stakeholder input, and public opinion data


  • 72 credits of coursework and research
  • Coursework in environmental science
  • Coursework in public health foundations
  • Advanced coursework in toxicology, exposure, environmental transport, and risk assessment
  • Advanced dissertation research and study in an area of focus
Full program information:


Jim Peterson, PhD
Associate Professor
552 Bridgeside Point
100 Technology Drive

Penny Weiss
Student Services Staff
328A Bridgeside Point
100 Technology Drive
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