EOHS offers several degree options, allowing a diverse student body—from aspiring researchers to accomplished administrators—to help prevent illnesses and injuries caused by the general environment and the workplace. Our students learn how to reduce the dangers posed by the air we breathe, the water we drink, the medicine we take, the machines we use, the chemicals we encounter, and the industries we depend upon. Depending on the program, students may choose to pursue a generalist track, or to focus their scholarship through individualized or specialized studies. To see more detailed program requirements, click on the title of each degree.
Masters of Public Health
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences prepares students for the development, management and evaluation of environmental and occupational health programs, from local non-profits to international NGOs. Courses—in the classroom, the laboratory, and the field—cover: exposure to chemical, physical, and biological hazards; environmental and occupational toxicity and injury; risk assessment, risk management and evaluation; and environmental and occupational health policy. Students are admitted to the Comprehensive Program or to the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP). The latter allows professionals with at least three years of relevant work experience to complete their MPH while meeting career obligations elsewhere. more...
Masters of Science
The Master of Science (MS) degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences prepares students for research and program management in companies, laboratories, and policy-making organizations. Students will learn how to conduct workplace, community, and environmental assessments; to recognize exposures to environmental stressors; to apply quantitative modeling techniques; to develop control strategies; and to develop and evaluate training programs. MS degree candidates must complete thesis requirements and present their research to the School community. more...
Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences provides students with the conceptual and analytical skills needed to pursue research careers in academia, research institutes, consulting firms, and to serve as legislative and regulatory staff at government or industry research programs. Under the guidance of a mentor and adviser, students will contribute to the larger EOHS community through original research, collaboration, oral presentation, and scientific papers of publishable quality. more...
The UIC College of Business Administration and the School of Public Health offer a joint degree program leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Public Health (MPH). The joint MBA/MPH program via EOHS is designed for baccalaureate-prepared candidates who are seeking health care and business preparation. Students with this degree often go on to health care executive positions in government organizations, multinational companies, planning/regulatory bodies, and consulting firms. For further information, please see the MBA/MPH webpage in SPH Academics.
The UIC College of Medicine and the UIC School of Public Health offer a joint degree program leading to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. Joint degree students are admitted simultaneously and may begin their public health course work during the summer before their M1 year. EOHS is the best choice for clinicians with an interest in environmental toxicology, epidemiology related to workplace and environmental hazards, and injury prevention. Application is made to both the UIC College of Medicine and the School of Public Health (EOHS). For further information, please see the Doctor of Medicine (MD)/MPH webpage in SPH Academics.
MPH Occupational Medicine Residency
Medical doctors who have completed a PG-1 year in an ACGME accredited program are eligible to apply for two year residency training leading to board certification in Occupational Medicine. During these two years, OM residents complete coursework for a MPH in EOHS, in addition to the usual clinical training. For further information on this program, please see the Occupational and Envrionmental Medicine Residency website.