Master's of Public Health (MPH) with a Concentration in Brain, Behavior and the Environment

The Brain, Behavior and the Environment (BBE) MPH Concentration is a rigorous program that emphasizes emerging themes in neuroscience, pharmacology, neurotoxicology, imaging, psychology and psychiatry, alongside environmental exposures to prepare students for medical, industrial, research, and government careers. The program provides students with the unique perspective of integrating environmental influences into understanding and combating complex neurobiological disorders. This focus is officially recognized by FIU as an Emerging Preeminent Program and will be taught by top researchers from Stempel College’s faculty roster. Our research graduates have found opportunities in top-ranked medical schools, premier academic research institutions, government agencies, and in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.


At a glance

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Credits


  • Course modes

    Mixed (in-person, hybrid & online)

  • Application deadlines

    Standard Stempel application deadlines apply


The BBE MPH requires the completion of 45 credit hours that is comprised of the following components.

The first component includes five courses (15) credits in the MPH Core Curriculum

PHC 6000

Epidemiology I: Introduction to Public Health Epidemiology


PHC 6052

Biostatistics I


PHC 6102

Introduction to Public Health Policy and Management


PHC 6315

Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences


PHC 6410

Health Behavior and Public Health


The second comprises four courses (12 credits) in the EHS major.

PHC 6310

Environmental Toxicology


PHC 6311

Environmental Health Risk Assessment


PHC 6355

Environmental Health and Safety


PHC 6374

Environmental Disasters & Human Health


The other 12 credits will be from the BBE concentration required coursework. Our program recommends the following courses.

PHC 6380

Introduction to Neurotoxicology


PHC 6730C

Neurotoxicology Research Methods


PHC 6382C



PHC 6283C

Neurobehavioral Techniques


Finally, the capstone feature will be two courses (6 credits) in the Practicum and Culminating Experience.

PHC 6945

Practicum in Public Health


PHC 6930C

Integrative Seminar in Public Health



The practicum may be taken after completing a minimum of 30 hours, including all core courses. The practicum may be waived if the student has at least three years of relevant practice experience working in a public health setting. The waiver request is prepared and submitted by the student through their faculty advisor and department chair. If the practicum requirement is waived, the student will need to substitute three additional approved hours so that the total curriculum hour requirement of 45 is met. MPH students are expected to complete PHC 6930C Integrative Seminar in Public Health during their last semester in the program.