Specialized Studies

Wide Range of Careers

EOHS helps its students to fulfill courses of study, tailored towards a wide range of careers in occupational health and safety. Our concentrations will prepare you for unique and challenging professional scenarios, from reducing waterborne illness, and characterizing and remediating environmental toxins, to reducing injuries at construction sites, controlling hazards in a factory, and establishing regulations that help protect the environment. Below you will find a brief description of concentrations and tracks.  For more detailed curriculum requirements, please visit our degrees section.

Individualized Program

The individualized program is offered to MPH students who want to specialize in a self-styled subject area. Examples are risk assessment, injury epidemiology and prevention, environmental management, emergency management, air quality, environmental health informatics, immigrant worker health and others. Fieldwork will be selected to provide a practicum experience in the area of specialization.

Environmental and Occupational Health Policy

The Environmental and Occupational Health Policy concentration is offered to MPH degree candidates. Students in this concentration will attain fluency in the legal and regulatory framework of policymaking, the role of economic and ethical considerations in making policy, and current debates in the field.  While acquiring the basic MPH scientific and analytical skills, students will also gain hands-on experience from a Field Practicum that incorporates policy considerations.

Industrial Hygiene

The Industrial Hygiene concentration is offered to degree candidates in the MS and MPH programs. Students in this track will approach health hazards in the workplace and the general environment from an interdisciplinary perspective. The MS and MPH curricula give students both quantitative skills and field experiences that link exposure assessment to hazard reduction. Research skills are emphasized in the MS, while the MPH offers a practice-based approach to the field.

Hazardous Substances Training

Hazardous Substances Training (HST) is a subspecialty of the Industrial Hygiene program offered to students in the MS program.  This concentration requires courses in ground water contamination, hazardous materials management and participation in the 40-hour General Site Worker course (in addition to the general Industrial Hygiene program requirements). The goal of HST is to develop interdisciplinary practitioners and researchers who will solve problems involving removal or containment of hazardous substances and stewardship. 

Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology concentration is offered by two divisions within the UIC School of Public Health: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This concentration, for MS and PhD candidates only, teaches students how to identify and interpret data relevant to occupational and environmental epidemiology.

Occupational Safety

The concentration in Occupational Safety will provide students a solid foundation in the prevention of acute traumatic injury in the occupational setting, and will help prepare students for leadership and research positions. The selected coursework will enable students to approach safety problems from an engineering hazard control perspective while understanding how these problems fit into the broader societal spectrum of the public’s health.

Water Quality and Health

The Water Quality and Health concentration is offered to MPH students interested in chemical and microbial water contamination, the management of water quality, water monitoring regulation, and the impact of water pollutants on human health. Students will learn methods in epidemiology, biostatistics, data management, risk assessment, and geographic information systems as related to water quality and human health. During their tenure, students will participate in a field practicum focused on water quality, water quality management, and human health effects.

Residency in Occupational Medicine

The Residency in Occupational Medicine is a two-year, ACGME-accredited training program leading to a MPH degree and board eligibility in Occupational Medicine.  It is open to physicians who have completed an ACGME-accredited internship year in the U.S. and are eligible for medical licensure in Illinois.

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