Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Admission Requirements

  • Prior Degree Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • Grade Point Average Admitted students typically have at least a combined undergraduate/graduate grade point average of 3.00/4.00. However, all applicants are given a holistic evaluation of their application. Applicants with less than a 3.00 are encouraged to apply if they believe that their application is strong in other areas.
  • Prerequisite Courses Two semesters of college math, one course in college chemistry and one course in either biology OR physics prior to enrollment. In addition, applicants should have completed coursework in college-level mathematics, biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics. Exceptions may be granted for applicants with relevant work experience or high-level academic achievements. Exceptions may be admitted with an individually documented plan of study to compensate for deficiencies, although applicants are strongly encouraged to satisfy all deficiencies prior to matriculation. Applicants are invited to consult with the Industrial Hygiene Program Director about possible deficiencies. 
  • Tests GRE not required.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required, uploaded via the SOPHAS application.
  • Resume or CV Required, uploaded via the SOPHAS application.
  • Personal Statement Applicants will upload a 500-800 word statement focused on their interests/experiences in public health and the program they are applying to specifically, goals with the degree, and why they would be successful in the program. For students applying to research focused programs, the personal statement should also address potential research interests.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score for International Applicants
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Test); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (revised Paper-Delivered Test), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required Comprehensive Program, 43; Professional Enhancement Program, 42; Industrial Hygiene Concentration, 49; Occupational and Environmental Medicine Concentration, 42; Occupational Safety Concentration, 48.
  • Coursework Students in the MPH program at UIC School of Public Health are required to complete 18-20 hours of school-wide core curriculum, two non-credit trainings, and concentration-specific requirements.

School-Wide Core Requirements

Required Courses
Determinants of Population Health
Analytic and Research Methods in Population Health Part I
and Analytic and Research Methods in Population Health Part II
Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health
Public Health Systems, Management and Community Health Methods
Interprofessional Education
Applied Practice Experience
Integrative Learning Experience

Non-Credit Training Requirements

Required Training
Human Subjects Research
Title IX Training - Sexual Harassment
SPH Academic Integrity Tutorial

Divisional Core and Concentration Requirements

In addition to School-Wide Core requirements and Non-Credit Training requirements, students in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences concentrations complete the following divisional and concentration requirements. 

Required Courses (for all EOHS students)
Ethics and Justice in Environmental and Occupational Health
Systems Approach in Environmental and Occupational Health

Concentrations

Students may select from the following concentrations or may build a general program of study within EOHS, in conjunction with their faculty advisor.

Generalist

Required Courses
Chemistry for Environmental Professionals
Environmental/Occupational Health Seminar
Exposure Assessment Strategies
Environment, Toxicology, and Disease
Risk Assessment in Environmental and Occupational Health
At least one of the following computing skills courses:
Introductory Special Topics in Biostatistics
Programming and Simulation in R
Special Topics in Biostatistics
GIS for Environmental and Public Health Professionals
Health Related Database Design and Analysis
Datamining Applications in Public Health
Injury Epidemiology and Prevention
Epidemiologic Computing
Geographic Information Systems for Planning and Policy
Electives
Students in the Comprehensive Program must complete the electives necessary to reach the minimum required hours of 43 semester hours; PEP students must complete a total of 42 semester hours. Chosen electives must add depth to the student’s training in EOHS, and further the student’s attainment of the program competencies.

Industrial Hygiene (ANSAC-ABET Accredited)

Students that complete the program in Industrial Hygiene reduce requirements to be a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH ®) and are eligible to become a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP ®) upon graduation ahead of Certified Safety Professionals (CSP ®) certification.  The Industrial Hygiene Program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Required Courses
Occupational Health and Safety Practice
Evaluation and Control of Radiation Exposures
Evaluation and Control of Physical Agents
Evaluation and Control of Airborne Contaminants
Evaluation and Control of the Psychosocial Work Environment
Environmental/Occupational Health Seminar
Exposure Assessment Strategies
Environment, Toxicology, and Disease
Risk Assessment in Environmental and Occupational Health
Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems

Additional Requirements

Trainees are required each year to:

  • Attend all weekly Illinois ERC Interdisciplinary Seminars (EOHS 495) (held weekly throughout the academic year)

  • Attend at least 4 Industrial Process Tours each year

Trainees are required to complete once:

  • Present an Industrial Process Talk (scheduled during the ERC Seminar)

Occupational and Environmental Medicine

This concentration is only available to students in the Residency in Occupational Medicine program.

Students must complete the School-Wide Core Requirements and a sufficient number of the following courses to attain 42 semester hours of credit.

Required Courses (16 semester hours)
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
Occupational Health and Safety Practice
Environmental/Occupational Health Seminar
Environment, Toxicology, and Disease
Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems
Injury Epidemiology and Prevention

Occupational Safety

Required Courses
Occupational Health and Safety Practice
Evaluation and Control of Radiation Exposures
Evaluation and Control of Physical Agents
Evaluation and Control of the Psychosocial Work Environment
Environmental/Occupational Health Seminar
Exposure Assessment Strategies
Environment, Toxicology, and Disease
Occupational Safety
Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics
Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems
Injury Epidemiology and Prevention

Additional Requirements

Trainees are required each year to:

  • Attend all weekly Illinois ERC Interdisciplinary Seminars (EOHS 495) (held weekly throughout the academic year)

  • Attend at least 4 Industrial Process Tours each year

Trainees are required to complete once:

  • Present an Industrial Process Talk (scheduled during the ERC Seminar)