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Graduate Certificate Programs
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Certificate in Environmental Health

The graduate Certificate in Environmental Health is designed for students in other programs at Tulane SPHTM who wish to acquire more in-depth knowledge of the relationship between the environment and public health. For example, an epidemiology major may have an interest in applying epidemiologic principles to the study and management of environmental risk factors of disease; a community health sciences major might plan to work on health problems related to the built environment; a global health systems and development major may plans to work overseas and want experience in environmental health; and an infectious disease or tropical medicine major might address the environmental influences on infectious and tropical diseases, such as the impact of climate change on vector control.  The certificate will also appeal to a Master’s International student who plans to address environmental health issues in the country of placement. Environmental health impacts nearly all areas of public health and this certificate will provide students with that additional applied knowledge that will be useful in their future careers.

Offered by:  Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences 

Faculty Lead: Roy Rando, ScD


Certificate Purpose

Students earning the Certificate in Environmental Health will be prepared to apply scientific principles to recognize, evaluate, prevent, and mitigate environmental public health problems and threats both locally and globally, and will gain knowledge and skills related to environmental health science, practice, and policy.


Eligible Students

This certificate program is designed for current MPH/MSPH/MPH&TM/MHA students who are not pursuing a master’s degree in any Global Environmental Health Sciences program. The certificate is a complement to degrees in other areas.


Certificate Competencies

Students who earn the Certificate in Environmental Health will be able to:

  • Evaluate global, regional, community, and workplace environmental health concerns involving  water quality, air pollution, food safety, waste management, and resource sustainability (GEHS 6420, GEHS 6510, GEHS 6590, GEHS 6110, GEHS 6540, GEHS 6720);
  • Describe methods for assessment and management of biological, chemical, and physical contamination of the environment and environmental media (GEHS 6420, GEHS 6510, GEHS 6590, GEHS 6720); and
  • Communicate environmental health concepts and concerns to peer groups, health practitioners, and the general public (GEHS 6420, GEHS 6510, GEHS 6590, GEHS 6110, GEHS 6540).

Number of Credits Required for Completion: 15


Prerequisite Courses:

  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health.

Applicants should also have a suitable undergraduate background in the basic or applied sciences.


Required Courses:

  • GEHS 6420 Global Food Safety and Public Health (3) (fall)
  • GEHS 6510 Water Quality Management (3) (spring)
  • GEHS 6590 Air Pollution (3) (spring)
  • GEHS 6110 Global Climate Change Issues in Public Health Policy & Governance (3) (spring)
  • Plus one of the following:
    • GEHS 6540 Occupational Health (3) (spring)
    • GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3) (fall)

Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine which certificate best fits their professional and academic goals and how best to plan their graduate course schedule.


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