May 28, 2020  
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences - MS

This program is designed for individuals seeking careers as environmental and occupational health professionals. While emphasizing the recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental and occupational factors affecting health, the curriculum also includes consideration of economic, sociopolitical, and regulatory issues. Offerings are designed so that students may also pursue study in environmental health science in addition to specializing in occupational health and safety. Opportunities are available for internships with numerous outside organizations (see list of field instruction centers below) as well as for research with faculty members. Together with several other major professional training institutions, this program is a component of the Education and Research Center designated for this region by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. A limited number of tuition scholarships are available to qualified students.

Graduates of the program are qualified for research, management, and planning positions in a variety of private and public institutions. Career options include air and water pollution control, hazardous waste management, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, environmental planning, and environmental public health. After a prescribed period of work experience, graduates can qualify for examinations to become certified industrial hygienists (CIH), certified safety professionals (CSP), certified hazardous materials managers (CHMM).

Scholarships may be available from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (EOHS Students) and other public and private sources. Contact the program director for further information.

Admission Requirements

1. General admissions requirements to the graduate programs in the arts and sciences are observed.

2. The general section of the Graduate Record Examination or a previously earned master’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

3. At least 40 credits in undergraduate or graduate level basic science and math courses, such as course(s) in inorganic chemistry (with labs), organic chemistry, general physics, biological, environmental science and/or health sciences. Generally, an undergraduate biology, chemistry, environmental sciences or physics major would satisfy these requirements.

4. Students must also have completed one semester of calculus or statistics.

5. A least 1 year documented work experience in public health or a related field.

Students with a good academic record who do not meet the above requirements may be admitted with conditions upon recommendation of the program admissions committee.

Academic Requirements

46 Credits Chosen as Follows:

All courses in Group A (15 credits) Public Health Core courses (see below under Course Distribution); Group B (19 credits) Specialization courses within environmental and occupational health sciences; Group C (6 credits) Elective courses; and Group D (6 credits) Supervised Fieldwork and Capstone Project.  

The capstone project consists of a comprehensive examination, a professional portfolio and either: A seminar, and paper and oral presentation based on an aspect of the student’s fieldwork; or, for student’s with GPA’s ≥3.7 and strong independent research and writing skills, a master’s essay. The Capstone Project allows students to synthesize academic knowledge with practical skills and experiences. It is designed to assess student skills and competencies in public health and the specialty area. A list of these competencies is available through the CUNY School of Public Health. 

Course Distribution

Courses are 3 credits each, unless otherwise noted.

Sample Field Placement Sites

Ambient Labs

ATC Environmental, Inc.

Bellevue Hospital Health and Safety Office

District Council 37

Hunter College Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

Metropolitan Bridge & Tunnel Authority

MHRA Healthy Homes Initiative

Mount Sinai Medical Center Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (Local 1199)

NJ State Department of Health Occupational Health Program

NYC Department of Environmental Protection

NYC Health Department Environmental Epidemiology Unit Health Research Training Program

NYC Transit Authority

NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health

NY State Attorney General’s Office Environmental Protection Bureau

NY State Department of Environmental Conservation

NYU Medical Center Health and Safety Division

United Needle Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE)

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration

U.S. EPA, Region II