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Master of Science in Public Health (Global Environmental Health)

Mission / Description

The mission of the MSPH program with specialty coursework in global environmental health sciences is to prepare students to recognize, evaluate, and control environmental health problems; use quantitative methods to evaluate environmental data; and to manage delivery of environmental health services. 

Admissions Requirements

The student must meet all requirements for admission into the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In addition:

  • Students entering this program will typically have a baccalaureate degree in a life or physical science, or engineering.
  • Mid-career/professional students will typically have a scientific degree and three or more years experience as a health professional.
  • A Graduate Records Exam (GRE, added scores verbally and quantitative sections) score of 1100 or higher is required.
  • TOEFL exam scores may be needed as described in the general admissions requirements. 

Graduate Requirements

In addition to the School's academic standards, the department requires for graduation:

  • Successful completion of 45 hours (pre-professional program) of course work.
  • Successful completion of a 200-hour practicum, practicum report, culminating experience, and thesis.
  • Presentation of culminating experience findings in departmental seminar.

Program Competencies

At the completion of the MSPH degree, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize, evaluate, and control environmental health problems (GEHS 6030, GEHS 6100, GEHS 6600, GEHS 6040, GEHS 6560, GEHS 6610, GEHS 6400, GEHS 6500, GEHS 6510, GEHS 6520, GEHS 6530) 
  • Apply environmental health principles to solve public health problems (TRMD 6010, GCHB 6030, GEHS 6100, GEHS 6600, GEHS 7620, GEHS 6040, GEHS 6310, GEHS 6410, GEHS 6500, GEHS 6520, GEHS 6560)
  • Use quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate data (BIOS 6030, EPID 6030, GEHS 7620, GEHS 7540, GEHS 7660)
  • Provide environmental health services (GEHS 6030, GEHS 6040, GEHS 6400, GEHS 7530, GEHS 7500, GEHS 6410)
  • Interpret and evaluate research in environmental health (GEHS 7860, GEHS 7000, GEHS 6310)
  • Communicate environmental health concepts or concerns in writing or verbally to peer groups, environmental health practitioners, and the public (GEHS 6680, GEHS 7000, GHSD 6030)
  • Evaluate environmental health concerns including water quality, waste management and resource sustainability using basic concepts of mitigation; (GEHS 6040, GEHS 6400, GEHS 6500, GEHS 6510, GEHS 6030, GEHS 6100)
  • Perform fate and transport field and laboratory evaluation to assess the toxicity and the chemical, physical, and biological interactions to pollution;(GEHS 6520, GEHS 6560, GEHS 6030, GEHS 7400, GEHS 6100, GEHS 7540, GEHS 6000, GEHS 6630)
  • Apply innovative techniques for water, wastewater and residuals management; (GEHS 641, GEHS 753, GEHS 6510, GEHS 6100, GEHS 7540, GEHS 7020, GEHS 6670)
  • Describe methods for assessment, prevention and control of biological, chemical and physical environmental health problems related to the rapid global industrialization; (GEHS 6410, GEHS 7530, GEHS 6040, GEHS 6030, GEHS 6100, GEHS 7660)
  • Design technologies to providing safe food,water, and waste in developing countries with a focus on small communities (GEHS 6410, GEHS 6510, GEHS 7530, GEHS 6030, GEHS 6400, GEHS 6040, GEHS 6100)

Elective Coursework

Students pursuing an MSPH in Global Environmental Health Sciences can focus their studies on water quality; air pollution; hazardous and toxic materials control and management; toxicology and risk assessment; or ecosystem resources. The department also offers a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) with specialty coursework in Industrial Hygiene.  For more information about these areas of interest, please call 504-988-7904.


Program Requirements

Course and Credit Requirements (total of 45 credits required)

School Core Course Requirements (18 credits):

TRMD 6010: Biological Basis of Disease

3 credits

GCHB 6030: Social & Behavioral Aspects of Global Health

3 credits

BIOS 6030: Introductory Biostatistics

3 credits

EPID 6030: Epidemiologic Methods I

3 credits

GHSD 6030: Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management

3 credits

GEHS 6030: Survey of Environmental Health

3 credits

GEHS Departmental MSPH Core Course Requirements (10 credits):

GEHS 6600:  Principles of Toxicology

3 credits

GEHS 7620:  Environmental Health Risk Assessment

3 credits

GEHS 6100:  Fundamentals of Environmental Contamination

3 credits

GEHS 7000:  Environmental Health Seminar

1 credit

Electives (17 or more credit hours are required):

Students and advisors work together to select elective courses totaling 17 or more credit hours from the list below. Other GEHS departmental courses and offerings from other departments not listed here may be substituted as appropriate to meet educational objectives.


GEHS 6040: Environmental Health for Developing Countries

3 credits

GEHS 6310: Cancer:  Causes, Treatment & Disparities

3 credits

GEHS 6400: Elements of Environmental Practice in Public Health

3 credits

GEHS 6410: Water and Sanitation Field Operations

3 credits

GEHS 6500: Toxic & Hazardous Waste Management

3 credits

GEHS 6510: Water Quality Management

3 credits

GEHS 6520: Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry

3 credits

GEHS 6560: Environmental Microbiology

3 credits

GEHS 6590: Air Pollution

3 credits

GEHS 6610: Toxicology of Environmental Agents

3 credits

GEHS 7530: Environmental Unit Operations

3 credits

GEHS 7540: Environmental Chemistry

3 credits

GEHS 7660: Health Assessment Data Analysis

3 credits

GEHS 6960: Public Health Law

3 credits

GEHS 7860: Genetic and Molecular Toxicology

3 credits

GEHS 6920: Environmental Sampling in a Disaster

3 credits

 

Practicum Requirement

The practicum is designed to provide students with practice experience related to their field of study. The practicum is a minimum of 200 hours in an agency or other practice setting under the direction of a preceptor. A practicum report summarizes the field experiences.  You may download the Practicum Handbook from the Academics Policies and Guidelines page of the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine website.

Past examples of practicum opportunities in Global Environmental Health Sciences Include:

  • Chesterfield County Water Utilities in Richmond, VA; Diversity Internship Program for the Utilities
  • Asian Institute of Technology, Padhumthani, Thailand
  • Louisiana Office of Public Health, Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New Orleans Health Department, Asthma Program
  • Tulane Environmental Health Sciences (CBRP) Saku Central Hospital, National Institute of Health and Nutrition, Japan
  • Ferrate Treatment Technologies, LLC, Orlando, Florida
  • Sewerage and Water Board, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tulane Institute for Water Resources and Policy
  • US Forest Service, Boise national Incident Management Organization
  • Department of Health and Hospitals, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Vail Salvation Army, Edwards, CO
  • National Environmental Education Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., New Orleans, LA
  • Department of Health and Hospitals, Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Section, New Orleans, Louisiana

Culminating Experience Requirement

MSPH students in Global Environmental Health Sciences are required to prepare an applied or basic research thesis in fulfillment of the culminating experience. The thesis must investigate an environmental health science gap or issue. Upon completion, students must present their finding during the departmental seminar in the last semester of studies.  You may download the Culminating Experience Handbook from the Academics Policies, and Guidelines page of the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine website.


Contact

For more information about the MSPH degree in Environmental Health Sciences, please call 504.988.5374.


 

 
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