MPH in Global Environmental Health

George Washington University

Date Posted: Aug. 24, 2016
Submitted by: Julian Dautremont-Smith
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Wellbeing & Work
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree
Completion: 2-4 years
Commitment: Both


The Mission of the Global Environmental Health MPH program – a joint program between the Departments of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health – is to educate individuals who are committed to working in resource-poor settings and applying analytic skills to prevent or mitigate the adverse impact of environmental hazards on human health. The program has a particular focus on traditional environmental health hazards—that is, health risks that are a consequence of a lack of access to clean water, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene, household air pollution, solid waste disposal, and vector-borne diseases such as malaria.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MPH program in global environmental health, students should possess the following functional competencies:

  • Assess environmental and occupational hazards using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Interpret epidemiologic and other research findings related to global environmental health risks, and assist in designing and conducting research.
  • Critically analyze relevant information in order to design and implement mitigation measures for environmental and occupational health risks, while also addressing underlying vulnerabilities.
  • Identify ethical issues in environmental health research, policy and practice.
  • Apply the principles of epidemiology, economic and social development, policy and political analysis to the identification, classification and elaboration of global health threats and opportunities at the community, national and international levels.
  • Assess the functions, capacities, management and governance of governmental, international and non-state organizations in the translation of scientific and program evidence to inform public health policy making and strategy development.

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