FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Master in Public Health with a Specialization in Environmental and Occupational Health


This program provides a comprehensive foundation in environmental and occupational health. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to address, prevent and control emerging environmental health problems such as exposure to toxic agents, hazardous waste, and different forms of radiation and infectious hazards.


Areas of Study

The Department focuses on graduate training in the areas of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Global Health and Occupational Hygiene & Management, and Toxicology in order to prepare the next environmental health professionals and researchers.


Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

This subtrack provides rigorous training in analytical epidemiology and biostatistics, and a strong foundation in occupational and environmental health, including exposure assessment and industrial hygiene, occupational health policy, injury and toxicology. This subtrack combines training in epidemiologic skills and knowledge of the substantive area of occupational and environmental health that will produce masters and doctoral-level graduates well prepared for research and public health practice careers in occupational epidemiology.

Global Environmental Health

This is the study of the relationship between human health and the global environment.  Some of the most profound environmental changes (e.g. emerging infectious diseases, climate change, natural disasters) are affecting developing countries where nearly all of the world’s population growth is observed.  Many major health determinants in developing countries, both now and in the future, are related to the environment and water quality and quantity.  The coursework in this focus area study the link between the global environment and human health, with emphasis on biological and environmental pathways underlying a broad range of diseases.

Occupational Hygiene and Management

This area focuses on occupational health/safety, industrial hygiene, injury and violence prevention, with respect to the workforce, and general public.  You will discover relevant courses in occupational medicine, occupational health nursing and occupational safety.  Coursework includes the management of occupational health programs, risk assessment and evaluation of preventive measures in the workplace.


Discover the genetic variations and defects in signal transduction networks are involved in individual susceptibility to environmental stressors.  In the toxicology focus, you’ll learn skills for developing, interpreting and using toxicological data for solving environmental health problems.  Training includes basic biomedical and public health sciences such as Gene Environment Interactions, Signal Transduction, Endocrine Toxicology, Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Biostatistics and more specialized studies in DNA damage and Repair, Oxidative Stress, Toxicology and Risk Assessment.

The coursework culminates with an internship experience, which helps to prepare for a career in environmental health.

  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
  • Comprehensive foundation in environmental and occupational health
  • Certification eligibility in Environmental Health Practicum experience and integrative seminar experiences
  • (Part-time program available.)

Admissions Requirements | Course Catalog | Advising | Practicum

Be the Change

Our students learn to use research and data to make an impact in their environment and help bring hot topic issues like smoking bans and caps on carbon emissions to the national stage. Our multidisciplinary faculty of physicians, chemists, toxicologists, cancer scientists, molecular biologists and other public health scientists provides an excellent opportunity to help reduce risk and improve public health at the local and global level.

Did You Know?

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics lists Environmental and Occupational Health as one of the fastest growing segments of the job market and offers diverse career paths. Our graduates are in demand not only in academia, but also in government, donors, international organizations, NGOs and areas of private industry, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical research firms.Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 355
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-7778
Fax: 305-348-1996

Marcus S. Cooke, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair