MPH in Environmental Health

Students interested in studying the complex relationships between environmental factors and human health will find a fit in the Environmental Health (EH) master of public health (MPH) program. This program provides a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to examining the chemical, physical and microbial hazards that occur in the home, workplace and general environment. Between engaging elective courses in air pollution, climate change, epidemiology, toxicology and more and required real-world experience, this program will equip you with the skillset to tackle the most pressing environmental challenges of the future. Many students also choose to complete a certificate program along with their MPH. 


Critical Skills Gained

  • Exposure Science
  • Mechanisms of Toxicity
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Disease Ecology
  • Global Climate Change
  • Environmental Health Policy 

Job Opportunities

  • Federal Environmental Health Agencies
  • State Health Departments
  • Industry
  • Consulting Firms
  • Non-Profits
  • Universities 


The full-time program is designed to take two years to complete; part-time can take up to five years, depending on the number of credits taken each semester. The Department of Environmental Health also requires that all students complete both a college-level biology and chemistry course prior to matriculation. For more information on these course requirements, GRE requirements or financial assistance, please visit our FAQ page. 

Admission Requirements

  • SOPHAS Application
  • College Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE Test Scores
  • Resume

Department Requirements

DegreeCoursework Requirements GRE Scores
  • At least one semester of college-level biology and chemistry required
  • Statistics, calculus, and organic chemistry also preferred
  • See FAQs for details about these requirements
Your GRE scores are waived if you have a PhD from a U.S. institution

MPH Degree Requirements

  • 42 Credit Hours, which includes -
    • 4 Credits of Thesis or Capstone
    • 14 Credits of Core Coursework
    • 18-20 Required Program Credits
    • 10 Credits or more of Electives
  • 200-400 hour Applied Practice Experience

Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour applied practice expereince (APE). The APE is a unique opportunity for graduate students to integrate and apply practical skills and training learned through coursework in a professional public health work environment. In most cases, students can use a part-time work position, graduate assistantship, or internship to meet the APE requirement. The APE is a significant educational experience that requires a minimum of 200 clock hours in a public health agency, institution, or community under the supervision of a field supervisor and the guidance of the student's department and/or the Office of Career Development. 

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