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

The Brain, Behavior and the Environment (BBE) 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 is 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.

Course Structure

  1. Public Health Core Courses: (15 Credits)
  2. Environmental Health Sciences Content Core Courses (12 Credits)
  3. BBE Concentration Coursework (12 Credits)
  4. Practicum and Integrative Seminar in Public Health: (6 Credits)


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.

 For more information, please refer to the EHS MPH Handbook.

Stempel College Rankings

  • Top 50School of Public Health among public universities (U.S. News & World Report)
  • No. 12public school of public health in the country with NIH funding.​ (Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research)
Prospective Students
  • Program Highlights
    • Full-time, Part-time, and Accelerated options available
    • Flexibility in choosing many core, and elective courses offered in the online format.
    • Designated EHS faculty advisor at, or before, student orientation.
    • Socialize, network, and collaborate with the Environmental Health Sciences Association (EHSA).
    • Students’ participation in local and global scientific seminars, workshops, and conferences
    • Access to the alumni network working in diverse EHS disciplines.
  • Program Requirements

    Applicants must meet the following requirements:

    1. A minimum 3.0 GPA (on the last 60 undergraduate hours)
    2. Official University/ College transcript from all institutions previously attended. International documents, please read instructions listed in SOPHAS.
    3. Statement of Purpose
    4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    5. Resume/CV
    6. English Language proficiency test is required for all international applicants unless they hold a degree from a US institution or from an institution within a country that is TOEFL-exempt.
      • Acceptable test scores: TOEFL (min. scores: 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based), IELTS (min. score of 6.5).
  • Course Catalog
  • EHS MPH Handbook
    Access resources including departmental course catalog, graduate course descriptions, college and department contacts, helpful links, and more. View EHS MPH Handbook.
  • Funding Your Education
    At Stempel College, we understand that academic success can be affected by financial aid and funding opportunities. Our students have access to myriad funding options by degree level (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral) and by academic discipline (Public Health, Dietetics & Nutrition, Social Work). It’s important to understand the basics of applying for financial aid and the additional resources available to you as a Stempel College student. For more, please visit  Funding Your Education.

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Career Outcomes

Our EHS graduates are working as:

  • Environmental Officers in the US Navy 
  • Food Inspectors and Toxicologist in FDA
  • Environmental Health and Safety Officers in Private Sectors
  • OSHA and EPA
  • Infection Control Controllers in Hospital
  • Space Flight Safety 
  • State Health Departments 
  • Educators, Faculty and Professors 
  • Community Health Director and Risk Communicator
  • Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries