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Online Master of Environmental Health

The master of environmental health program is designed for individuals interested in the private or public sector and wish to develop a stronger and broader foundation of knowledge in the field. This unique program targets the major environmental needs of public and occupational health, hygiene and safety through a systematic and strategic approach to pollution, toxicology, epidemiology, regulation, statistics, emergency response, and homeland security.  In addition, an introduction to techniques in risk assessment, exposure and communication, GPS/GIS, environmental sampling and remediation are included. Courses are taught by professors who are currently practicing professionals in the field. Their expertise provides a practical real-world focus to the classes. 

In addition to successful completion of coursework, MEH students are required to prepare a professional e-portfolio which demonstrates mastery of competencies associated with professionals in the field.

All coursework is offered completely online in accelerated 8 week courses, allowing flexibility for full-time working professionals. The program can be completed in twelve months when enrolled full-time or 24 months part-time.

Undergraduate coursework in biological, physical or environmental science or professional work experience in environmental health is strongly advised.  Students who do not have two courses in college level chemistry will be required to take EHS 500 for 3 credit hours and students who do not have an undergraduate major, minor or sufficient work experience in an environmental field will be required to take EHS 510 for 3 credit hours to ensure academic success in the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MEH program must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  • Possess a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • If the cumulative GPA is below 2.75 with less than five years professional work experience the applicant must take the GRE and submit scores to the university for review.  If the applicant has 5+ years professional work experience, a resume can be submitted for review.

To apply for the Online MEH, students must:

  • Submit online application for admission
  • Submit official bachelor or higher degree granting transcript
  • Submit a letter expressing professional goals in pursuing the degree
  • Submit a letter of recommendation completed by an academic (i.e. professor or advisor) or professional colleague

*Note: Transcripts are official only if sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the registrar of the institution attended.

Program Outline

37 credit hours total. All courses are three credit hours, unless stated otherwise.

  • EHS 515 – Safety Compliance
    • Focus on regulatory compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act; environmental health and safety; transportation and disposal of hazardous waste. Overview of basic equipment and techniques.
  • EHS 520 – Advanced Environmental Chemistry
    • The production and hazards of community and manufacturing waste, the movement of waste in the bio, litho, geo, hydro and atmosphere; selection of appropriate tests for determining the presence and quantity of waste.
  • EHS 525 – Environmental Epidemiology
    • Focus on environmental exposure and the effects on public health; hazardous waste in the air, water, soil, food, industries and homes; biological markers; exposure assessment.
  • EHS 530 - Occupational Health
    • Focus on the recognition of chemical, biological, and physical hazards in the workplace; the recognition of common safety, fire and repetitive motion hazards in the workplace, and the evaluation and control of each.  Evaluation methods, preventative measures; safety plans.  Recommended Pre-req: EHS 515
  • EHS 535 - Environmental Law
    • Focus on RCRA, CERCLA, SARA, EPCRA, TSCA, CWA, SDWA, the current amendments to each, penalties for violation of environmental lawas and the preparation of the required environmental reports
  • EHS 540 – Industrial Hygiene
    • Focus on air testing, mold testing, phase I and phase II site assessments, remediation for chemicals, allergens, bacteria, molds, asbestos, and lead; penalties for violations. Overview of basic equipment and techniques. Recommended Pre-req: EHS 530.
  • EHS 545 – Environmental Ethics and Professional Practice
    • Making moral judgments, development of personal ethical system, ethical business practice, Franciscan values, business organization, and leadership.  Concepts for problem resolution.  Basic legal proceedings. Introduction to professional portfolio development
  • EHS 610 – Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies
    • Interdisciplinary approach to contemporary environmental problems involving interactions of the bio, litho, geo, hydro, and atmosphere
  • EHS 615 – Emergency Response and Homeland Security
    • Focus on radiological, chemical, and biological emergencies and preparedness, homeland security agencies at the local, state, and national level; management plans; coordinating with NIMS.  Overview of equipment and techniques.
  • EHS 620 – Integrated Remote Sensing
    • Applications of remote sensing technology and programs in the environmental field; visualization of data, data management and display. Overview of hazardous waste sites and their dangers.
  • EHS 625 – Applied Statistics for Environmental Studies
    • Emphasis on sampling, environmental design, hypothesis testing, and data analysis

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