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What will I learn?

In contrast to the MS degree options, which are discipline-specific and more specialized, the MPH-EOH degree bridges the scientific and health policy worlds. It provides a broader perspective on environmental and occupational health, with emphasis on applications and policy implications. The curriculum includes courses in the supporting sciences of biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as foundational courses in exposure science and environmental health. In addition, the MPH-EOH degree provides a great deal of flexibility for students to design and pursue a learning emphasis area through a set of thematically linked courses, field practicum, and thesis work. For example, the MPH-EOH degree can be used to explore of wide variety of human health related topics, such as emerging infectious diseases, climate change, food systems, water systems, and the built environment.

Career paths of recent graduates

Graduates from the MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health program pursue careers in environmental health practice, research, or consulting, or continue on to doctoral work in the field.

Degree options

Students enrolled in the MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health degree option can elect to pursue the standard degree track, or pursue additional specialized training in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN). Both tracks typically take two years to complete and require a research thesis as a culminating experience.

Standard degree track

The 2-year MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health degree option is ideal for students interested in gaining the expertise and skills necessary to solve environmental health problems in a variety of settings, including governmental agencies, private industry, and academia. Students in this degree option propose and conduct an original research project and write and defend a master’s thesis as a culminating experience in year two.

With specialized training in OEHN

The MPH-EOH with specialized training in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) option is intended for nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) who wish to gain additional expertise in the field of occupational and environmental health sciences. The curriculum prepares nurses to practice as advanced professionals and responsible leaders in the delivery of health and safety services to worker populations and communities. Professional Occupational & Environmental Health Nurses focus on preventing and treating work-related injuries and illnesses and blend healthcare expertise with organizational understanding to create safe and healthful work environments.

Which department am I in?

School of Public Health

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$39,367.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from an accredited foreign institution or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.

Grade point average (GPA)

The UW Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last two years (90 credits) of study.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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