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MPH in Environmental Systems & Human Health

Human health and the health of the planet are intertwined, our MPH in Environmental Systems & Human Health prepares you to improve both.

Environmental Systems & Human Health

The MPH in Environmental Systems and Human Health equips you to advance public health by working toward sustainable environments, both natural and built. You will work at the intersection of occupational, environmental, and planetary health, acquiring broad skills for assessing risks and designing responses that protect the public’s health.

The Environmental Systems and Human Health MPH reflect the track record of leadership and reform for which the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) is well known. For example, OHSU-PSU SPH researchers have broken new ground in promoting worker health via innovative programs related to diet, work-family balance, peer support, flexible scheduling, post-military support, and other issues.

Program Benefits

Our MPH in Environmental Systems and Human Health enables you to:

  • Examine public health questions from an interdisciplinary perspective that integrates environmental science, medicine, biostatistics, chemistry, biology, behavioral science, and other fields.
  • Gain extensive field experience, working directly with community stakeholders and professionals in public health, environmental regulation, and occupational health.
  • Build a framework that lets you analyze environmental issues at any level, from local to global.
  • Learn from outstanding researchers who actively influence public opinion, policy debates, and community responses.
  • Build strong relationships with faculty who are attentive, supportive, and proactive advocates for your academic success and professional growth.
  • Draw on the resources and expertise of OHSU’s research faculty and facilities, and PSU’s strengths in public affairs, governance, environmental sciences, and business.
  • Personalize the curriculum by choosing electives, field experiences, and other flexible components to fit your educational and career goals.

Environmental Systems & Human Health Career Opportunities

The MPH in Environmental Systems and Human Health qualifies you for a wide range of careers. You will be prepared for advanced positions in environmental regulation, industrial hygiene, occupational health, environmental remediation, food safety, nonprofit advocacy, and related fields.

In addition, our Environmental Systems and Human Health MPH positions you for next-generation industries that are emerging in response to the global climate crisis and other matters of planetary health. You may find ground-floor opportunities to apply public health principles in sectors such as renewable energy, biodiversity preservation, carbon sequestration, and more.

Program Requirements & Guide

Please refer to the Program Guide for an overview of program requirements and a current program of study. To see all of the graduate program guides for an overview of degree requirements and a current programs of study, visit the MPH and MS Requirements page.

MPH Program Requirements Guide

Master of Public Health, Environmental Systems & Human Health program requirements and guide.


Recruitment & Admissions

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Core Competencies & Contact Information

MPH in Environmental Systems & Human Health - Core Competencies

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Students graduating from this track will be able to:

  • Communicate the relationship between environmental systems and human health, particularly in response to a changing climate.
  • Analyze how environmental hazards (chemical, physical and biological) interact with natural and built systems, including the mechanisms of their adverse effects on humans.
  • Assess and interpret relevant literature in the area of public health and environmental hazards.
  • Evaluate the risk of environmental exposures to human populations through the incorporation of exposure, toxicological, and other relevant data into risk assessment methodology.
  • Discuss how federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities impact environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Apply ethical principles that govern the practice of environmental risk assessment, management, and communication.
  • Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental and occupational hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  • Integrate, synthesize and apply theory to practice in the context of a research study, policy consequences, or environmental exposure.
  • Explain the general mechanisms of toxicity in eliciting a human health effect in response to various environmental and occupational exposures.

Contact our Program Directors or our Recruitment & Admissions Manager with your questions about our MPH program.

Recruitment & Admissions Manager – Josh Hodsden, MBA, CPH
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Program Director – Tawnya Peterson, PhD


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Accreditations and Rankings

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Application Requirements

Admission information for Graduate OHSU-PSU School of Public Health students.

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Tuition & Fees

School of Public Health guidelines for tuition and fees for graduate programs.

SPH Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid

Learn more about SPH financial aid opportunities for graduate students.

SPH Financial Aid

Concepts In Environmental Health

Learn more about the concept and topics of Environmental Health as a lifelong learner.

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Rays Of Light

In fall 2021, MPH Graduate Students in the core Concepts in Environmental Health class (ESHH 511/611) created the Rays Of Light website to showcase new advances and hopeful progress within environmental health today.

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COVID-19 & Environmental Health

Visit the Covid-19 and Environmental Health website, created by MPH graduate students as their final project in “Concepts in Environmental Health” (ESHH 511/611).

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