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OEH Curriculum

  • Both the Thesis and Project option require the completion of 42 credits.
  • Below is a list of required core courses, recommended electives, and additional electives you may wish to choose from.
  • It is always advised that when planning your course selection to check with your faculty advisor or the Program Director.

Please note that the list of electives below are suggestions only (albeit ones that are relevant to occupational and environmental hygiene practice and research). Students have a wide range of choice for electives to choose from outside SPPH, and just need to check in with Program Director to confirm that the elective(s) are appropriate towards the MSc OEH degree requirements.

Required Courses
SPPH 502 (3) Epidemiological Methods 1 SPPH 502 (3) Epidemiological Methods 1
SPPH 522 (3) Topics in Environmental Health SPPH 522 (3) Topics in Environmental Health
SPPH 535 (3) Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene SPPH 535 (3) Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
SPPH 564 Advanced Topics in Occupational and Environmental Health MSC OEH Capstone
SPPH 599 (12) MSc Thesis SPPH 598 (6) Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Project

Note: A maximum of 6 credits at the undergraduate level in courses numbered 300 to 499 may be counted toward the requirements of a Master’s degree.

Recommended Electives (9 credits for thesis option, 18 credits for project option)

Occupational & Environmental Science Courses

SPPH 526 (3) Leadership in Public Health
SPPH 532 (3) Environmental Health Risk Assessment and Communication
SPPH 533 (3) Toxicology and Public Health
SPPH 562 (3) Chemical and Biological Hazard Measurement
SPPH 567 (3) Quantitative Methods for the Assessment and Analysis of Exposure Data
SPPH 569 (3) Industrial and Environmental Acoustics and Vibrations

Environmental Emphasis Courses
CIVIL 559 (2) Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology
FOOD 523 (3) Advances in Food Microbiology
GEOB 370 (3) Advanced Geographic Information Science
GEOB 402 (3) Air Pollution Meteorology

Occupational Emphasis Courses
SPPH 563 (3) Technical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Hazard Control
SPPH 565 (3) Ergonomics (offered every other year)
SPPH 566 (3) Occupational Hygiene Practice
SPPH 568 (3) Safety (offered every other year)

Additional Electives (12 credits for thesis option, 9 credits for project option)

Public Health Courses
SPPH 400  (3) Statistics for Health Research
SPPH 500 (3) Analytical Methods in Epidemiological Research
SPPH 501 (3) Analysis of Longitudinal Data from Epidemiological Studies
SPPH 503 (3) Epidemiological Methods 2
SPPH 511 (3) Cancer Epidemiology
SPPH 516 (3) Systematic Overviews
SPPH 520 (3) Control of Communicable Diseases

SPPH 522 (3) Topics in Environmental Health
SPPH 526 (3) Leadership in Public Health
SPPH 527 (3) Social Determinants of Health

SPPH 552 (3) Risk and Communication in Public Health (formerly 581S)
SPPH 553 (3) Foundations of Statistical Computing (formerly 581A)

Occupational and Environmental Science Courses
PHYS 536 (3) Advanced Radiation Biophysics

Environmental Emphasis Courses
CHBE 575 (3) Air Pollution Control
CHEM 302 (3) Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry (pre-reqs CHEM 201, 205, 251)
CHEM 535A (3) Atmospheric Aerosols
CIVL 557 (2) Toxic and Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal
CIVL 564 (2) Engineering Management of Solid Wastes
CIVL 565 (3) Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes

CIVL 569 (3) Environmental Biotechnology
FOOD 525 (3) Advances in Food Toxicology: Risk Benefit Analysis
GEOB 479 (3) Research in Geographic Information Science (pre req GEOB 370)
LARC 543 (3) Environment and Urban Form
PLAN 580 (3) Urban Transportation Planning

Occupational Emphasis Courses
ADHE 327 (3) Teaching Adults

BAHR 507(1.5) Two-Party Negotiations
BAHR 515 (1.5) Management of Health and Safety
BAHR 550 (1.5) Organizational Behavior
CHBE 479 (3) Chemical Engineering Aspects of Occupational Health and Safety
CHBE 506 (3) Industrial Process Engineering
MECH 473 (3) Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (pre-req MECH 375)
MINE 402 (3) Mine Ventilation and Occupational Health and Safety (pre-req MINE 291)