Master of Public Health Degree Program

Program Concentrations

Environmental Health

The Environmental Health concentration is committed to understanding how the natural and built environments impact population health. We seek to foster excellence in scientific research, training, and outreach with a goal of identifying, understanding and preventing environmentally-related diseases covering the human lifespan, and to enhance the quality of life of people in Indiana and around the world.

Our program provides you with a strong knowledge base and the analytical and technical skills they need to succeed in public health and other professional settings in government, academic and industry.

You will gain technical skills for the development, implementation, and evaluation of practices that seek to identify, prevent, or minimize the adverse impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health.

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Curriculum

During the Master of Public Health program, our students complete coursework in core public health courses as well as courses specific to their concentration area. Students typically take two years to complete the MPH degree (three semesters of coursework and a one-semester applied learning experience).

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Faculty

Rodrigo Armijos, MD
Rodrigo Armijos, MD
Email:
Phone: (812) 856-4731
PHC025D

Michael Hendryx, PhD
Michael Hendryx, PhD
Email:
Phone: (812) 856-8875
809 E 9th St, Room 202

Barbara Hocevar, PhD
Barbara Hocevar, PhD
Email:
Phone: (812) 856-2481
PH029

Lisa Kamendulis, PhD
Lisa Kamendulis, PhD
Email:
Phone: (812) 855-8861
PH029

Khalid Khan, DrPH
Khalid Khan, DrPH
Email:
Phone: (812) 856-2229
PH025E

James Klaunig, PhD
James Klaunig, PhD
Email:
Phone: (812) 856 3957
IU Innovation Center, Room 256

Kan Shao, PhD
Kan Shao, PhD
Email:
Phone: (812) 856-2725
PH029

Jo Anna Shimek, PhD, CIH, CSP
Jo Anna Shimek, PhD, CIH, CSP
Email:
Phone: (812) 856-2448
PH029

Mary Margaret Weigel, PhD
Mary Margaret Weigel, PhD
Email:
Phone: (812) 856-4930
PH029A

Research and Community Engagement

  • Our faculty are actively involved in research on significant environmental and occupational health issues including water and air pollution, cancer, environmental justice, food insecurity, biosafety, and heavy metals, among others.
  • Students will have the opportunity to receive laboratory and community-based research training with expert faculty mentors on critical local and global environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Students also have the opportunity to participate in short- and long-term study tour experiences led by our faculty in Ecuador and India.
  • Our multidisciplinary faculty all have first-rate educational backgrounds and years of experience which they bring to their roles as educators and MPH program student mentors.

Applied Practice Experience

The MPH degree prepares students to serve as public health professionals and leaders in government, business, industry, higher education, volunteer agencies, and public and private sector healthcare settings. A variety of field experience opportunities are available for MPH students. It is highly recommended that students speak with their advisors and personally research possible field experience sites. Please review the course requirements in the MPH Field Experience Handbook.

Students have completed their field experiences in a variety of settings which include:

Competencies

In addition to MPH Foundational Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Environmental Health, students will be able to:

  • Explain the adverse effects of major environmental and occupational agents on human health and safety, including the role of genetic factors, routes of exposure, and fate within the body.
  • Compare and interpret federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Identify and apply the epidemiologic methods used to investigate the relationship between environmental and occupational agents and human disease.
  • Compare the different exposure assessment techniques used to characterize environmental and occupational health impacts and the advantages and disadvantages of their use.
  • Integrate the disciplines of exposure assessment and toxicology to quantify environmental and occupational health risks, develop appropriate control measures, and communicate findings to diverse communities.

Next Steps in Your Public Health Career

An MPH from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington opens doors to a variety of exciting opportunities. Tracking of post-graduation outcomes of the most recent cohort of MPH graduates revealed that 88 percent of graduates reported employment or continuing education within six months of earning their degree (with the outcomes of 95% of MPH graduates known). The Office of Career Services in our school offers a valuable array of advice and support for our MPH students in successfully pursuing their career goals.

Today, there is a shortage of trained environmental health professionals. If you are looking for a career with strong employment opportunities both nationally and internationally then a degree in environmental health may be right for you.

Recent graduates have continued their academic careers or have launched their professional careers at the following employers:

  • Academic Specialist, Indiana University School of Medicine-Indianapolis
  • Environmental Health Specialist, Monroe County Health Department
  • Environmental Health Specialist, Fauquier County Health Department, Warrenton, VA
  • Green L.A.W. Enterprises, Incorporated
  • Epidemiologist, Indiana State Department of Health
  • Consultant - Risk Adjustment Integrity Unit, Humana
  • Community Health Educator, Humana (Chicago area)
  • Environmental Health Specialist, IUB Office of Environmental Health & Safety
  • Trauma Specialist, Franciscan Health System, Indianapolis
  • Ph.D. Student (Occupational and Environmental Health), University of Iowa
  • Ph.D. Student (Environmental Toxicology), University of Washington
  • Ph.D. Student (Environmental and Occupational Health), Indiana University