MPH in Occupational Health and Safety Management (Distance Learning)

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The mission of the Occupational Health and Safety Management Program is to enhance the management skills of midcareer health and safety professionals to provide the abilities to advance into leadership positions within their organizations and industries.


The MPH degree program in Occupational Health and Safety Management is designed for midcareer professionals with a strong technical background who seek to augment their management abilities and increase their career options. The graduate will be able to apply budgeting and finance principles to environmental and health and safety programs, and be able to integrate these programs into standard management systems. Graduates improve their abilities to manage people, projects and processes. The program is offered by distance learning format.

Program Competencies

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

  1. Apply and evaluate the role of the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, controlling and evaluating health and safety programs. (GEHS 7230)
  2. Discuss and analyze the effect of managerial roles, styles, activities and decision-making as well as the relationship between management and organizational effectiveness. (GEHS 6240; GHSD 6030)
  3. Demonstrate facility with various management responsibilities such as Total Quality Management (TQM), employee ownership, resource management, personnel evaluations, and goal setting. (GEHS 7230; GEHS 6240; GEHS 6280)
  4. Integrate skills in environmental and hazardous materials management, emergency planning and response, crisis communications, accident investigation, risk assessments, perception and communication. (GEHS 6430; GEHS 6710; GEHS 6220)
  5. Design a risk management plan considering economics and risk/benefit analysis, comparative risk assessment, and laws and regulations pertaining to risk assessment (GEHS 6260;GEHS 7310).
  6. Demonstrate methods of systematically integrating health and safety programs into standard management systems used by organizations. (GEHS 7230; GEHS 6240)
  7. Integrate the leadership roles involved in strategic planning, project management, management of multi-disciplinary teams, and regulatory affairs management. (GEHS 7230; GEHS 6240;GEHS 7310)
  8. Direct activities in voluntary standards systems, professional ethics, labor relations, contracts and "selling" health and safety initiatives to all levels of the organization and the public. (GEHS 6240)
  9. Apply the business principles of budgeting and finance to health and safety programs. (GEHS 6260)
  10. Demonstrate knowledge and evaluation of leading occupational disease hazards, their assessment and control and integrate into a managerial perspective. (GEHS 6540)
  11. Demonstrate use of statistical methodology in the health and safety field (BIOS 6030; EPID 6030)

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 42 hours of academic credit: of which School of Public health Core requirements make up 18 credits hours, OHSM program required courses make up 14 credits and OHSM elective courses make up 10 credits. In addition to the academic credit hours students must complete a Culminating Experience and a Practicum.

School of Public Health Core Requirements (18 credits)

Credits Course Name
3 BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics
3 EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods I
3 GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health
3 GHSD 6030 Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management
3 GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health
3 TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease *

OHSM Program Required Courses (14 credits)

Credits Course Name
3 GEHS 7230 Fundamentals of Project Management for ES&H
3 GEHS 7240 Applying Systems Thinking to EH&S
3 GEHS 7260 Financial Aspects of EH&S
3 GEHS 6540 Occupational Health
2 GEHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Compliance

OHSM Elective Courses (10 credits)

Credits Course Name
2 GEHS 6220 Health and Safety Training & Evaluation
3 GEHS 7250 Current Issues in Industrial Hygiene and Safety
3 GEHS 7290 International Management Standards EH&S
3 GEHS 6910 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response
3 GEHS 6430 Crisis and Emergency Communication
3 GEHS 6950 Psychosocial Aspects Disasters
3 GEHS 6660 Principles of Toxicology
3 GEHS 6930 Population Issues During Disaster
3 GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene
3 GEHS 7620 Health Risk Assessment
2 GEHS 6700 Principles of Safety
3 GEHS 7110 Industrial Ventilation and Hazard Control
3 GEHS 6300 Radiological Health
3 GEHS 6620 Physical Agents and Ergonomic
3 GEHS 7500 Air Sampling and Analysis
2 GEHS 6010 History and Organization of Health Services
3 GEHS 6050 Population Behavior and Environmental Public Health
3 GEHS 6320 Workplace Wellness

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

OHSM Degree Requirements

Credits Course Name
0 SPHL 9980 Practicum
0 SPHL 7950 Culminating Experience

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 and environmental health program courses.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with 40 or more semester hours in science, math or engineering.
  • A preferred grade point average 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • 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 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.

More Information

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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