Occupational Safety and Health
The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is concerned with the health effects of exposures to air and water pollution, pesticides, organic solvents, dusts and physical hazards, which occur in the environment, the home or the workplace. The department draws from the knowledge generated from disciplines that contribute to recognizing, assessing, and controlling these risks that include epidemiology, toxicology, microbiology, safety engineering, industrial hygiene, medicine, nursing, law and labor economics.
The department includes a multidisciplinary core faculty and a large adjunct faculty. Major interests of the core faculty include environmental carcinogenesis, occupational safety and health, molecular and cellular toxicology, endocrine disruption, exposure assessment and genotoxicity. The adjunct faculty includes scientists from other academic units. The M.P.H. training program reflects a commitment to education, research and service in public health. The core of the program is a set of required and elective courses. The Department also offers an M.S.P.H. program for students interested in a research track.
The Master of Public Health (MPH or M.P.H.) is a professional master's degree designed to provide practical training in areas related to public health practice. The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree is considered more of an academic public health degree rather than a professional public health degree (e.g. MPH). As such, the MSPH in either Environmental or Occupational Health is more research-oriented and requires additional coursework in research methods and statistics. Also, MSPH students must complete a research thesis.
Applicants range from recent college graduates to experienced physicians. Criteria for selection include background and experience relevant to environmental and occupational health, potential to make a contribution to the field, academic excellence and recommendations. All applicants should have completed college-level biology, chemistry (both general and organic) and mathematics (through calculus).
The Texas A&M Health Science Center is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Health Science Center.
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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Fringe Rural Area