MPH Occupational and Environmental Health (Distance Learning)



The mission of the Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) Program is to prepare midcareer health professionals with the knowledge and skills to recognize and prevent occupational injury and illness and to promote health in the workplace.



The MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health Program is designed for physicians, nurses and other midcareer health and environmental professionals who seek to advance within their profession.  The program provides the knowledge and skills to recognize and characterize chemical exposures and hazards, assess health effects, design and implement preventive measures and promote healthy behaviors in the workplace. The program follows MPH didactic requirements for the general preventive medicine and occupational medicine boards.

Program Competencies


At the completion of the MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health, the graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify, evaluate and manage the effects of occupational hazards on worker health. (GEHS 6720; GEHS 6540) 
  2. Identify, characterize and assess the health effects of chemical agent found in the workplace and in the general environment on workers and the general population. (GEHS 6600; GEHS 6030) 
  3. Interpret the impact of chemical exposures on workers and general populations health within the frame work of the route of exposure, estimated dose, duration and frequency of exposure and the acute and chronic effects of the agent (GEHS 6600; GEHS 6620)
  4. Interpret exposure assessment conducted by industrial hygienists and/or other health and safety professionals (GEHS 6720; BIOS 6030)
  5. Conduct work and chemical exposure histories within the framework of the individuals' medical history (GEHS 6540)
  6. Utilize population data from hazard and medical surveillance to prevent negative health effects in the work place (EPID 6030; GEHS 7290)
  7. Integrate health promotion, wellness applications and health education into occupational programs (GCHB 6030; GEHS 6050; GEHS 6540)
  8. Design, implement and evaluate primary, secondary and tertiary prevention applications including clinical, behavior and environmental interventions for the protection of worker health (GCHB 6030; GEHS 6050)
  9. Apply basic concepts of management to plan, budget, and organize occupational health programs (GHSD 6010; GHSD 6030)
  10. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills for reaching a variety of target audiences including workers and patients, managers and H&S professionals, and other scientists and clinicians. (GHSD 6010; GCHB 6030; GEHS 6050)

Program Competencies (previous course numbers)

Graduation Requirements


Students must earn a minimum of 42 hours of academic credit: of which School of Public Health Core requirements make up 15 credits hours, OEH program required courses make up 20 credits and OEH elective courses make up 7 credits.  In addition to the academic credit hours students must complete a Culminating Experience and a Practicum.

Course Requirements


School of Public Health Core Requirements (18 credits)


(3) - BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics


(3) - EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods I


(3) - GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health

*previously ENHS  6030*

(3) - GHSD 6030 Principles of Health Systems Administration
        and Management

*previously HSMG 6030*

(3) - GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health

*previously SPHL 6030*

(3) - TRMD 6010  Biological Basis of Disease *

*previously SPHL 6010*

OEH Program Required (17 credits)


(2) - GEHS 6150-70 Occupational Health Services

*previously HSMG 6010*

(3) - GEHS 6050 Population Behavior and Environmental Public Health

*previously ENHS 6050*

(3) - GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology

*previously ENHS 6600*

(3) - GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene

*previously ENHS 6720*

(3) - GEHS 6540 Principles of Occupational Health

*previously ENHS 7200*

(3) - GEHS 7620 Health Risk Assessment

*previously ENHS 7620*

OEH Elective Courses (7 credits)


(2) - GEHS 6220 Health and Safety Training & Evaluation

*previously ENHS 6220*

(3) - GEHS 7250 Current Issues in Industrial Hygiene and Safety

*previously ENHS 6250*

(3) - GEHS 7290 International Management Standards for EH&S

*previously ENHS 6280*

(3) - GEHS 6910 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response

*previously ENHS 6910*

(3) - GEHS 6430 Crisis and Emergency Communication

*previously ENHS 6430*

(3) - GEHS 6950 Psychosocial Aspects Disasters

*previously ENHS 6950*

(3) - GEHS 6930 Population Issues During Disaster


(2) - GEHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Compliance


(3) - GEHS 6230 Fundamentals of Project Management for ES&H


(3) - GEHS 7240 Applying Systems Thinking to EH&S


(3) - GEHS 7260 Financial Aspects of EH&S


(2) - GEHS 6700 Principles of Safety


(3) - GEHS 7110 Industrial Ventilation and Hazard Control


(2) - GEHS 6300 Radiological Health

*previously ENHS 6390*

(3) - GEHS 6620 Physical Agents and Ergonomic


(3) - GEHS 7500 Air Sampling and Analysis


(3) - GEHS 6320 Workplace Wellness


Other Electives may be taken upon consultation with your faculty advisor


*Required for students not having an MD or Nursing degree.  Students with other medical qualifications may petition to waive this course if appropriate (course waiver form).

Culminating Experience (0 Credits)


Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine allows students to satisfy the requirements for a Culminating Experience by either Public Health Analysis Manuscript that is relevant to their professional life or by passing a Master's Comprehensive Examination.

Additional detail for Culminating Experience may be found at this link: Culminating Experience


Practicum (0 credits)


The Practicum is designed to demonstrate application of core public health knowledge in practice.  Specific competencies for the Practicum may be found in the Practicum Handbook on the Students Policies, Guidelines, and Forms page. Professionals working in an appropriate field of public health may be able to waive this requirement if they are able to meet certain conditions. Students should contact Dr. James to discuss practicum requirements the semester before they intend to graduate.

Electives may be selected from the Industrial Hygiene, Disaster Management or Occupational Health and Safety Management program courses.


Admission Requirements

  • A medical degree from an accredited University or baccalaureate degree (nursing or other science related field) with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale having 40 or more semester hours in science, math, or engineering.
  • Three or more years of experience in health and safety, occupational or environmental health as documented by work history (resume) and stated in letters of recommendation
  • Three letters of recommendations from three individuals familiar with prior academic and/or professional performance
  • Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from non-English speaking nations with a minimum score of 570 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer based test, or 88 on the internet-based test is preferred.

* Individuals having a background in this area or are MD, RN may be able to waive this class and should contact Dr. James

For more information on the MPH program in Occupational and Environmental Health Application Help, please contact:


Erica B. Geary

Direct:  504-988-3786 or 1-800-862-2122





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