The Environmental Health Sciences Section has developed an accelerated five-year Bachelor of Science to Master of Public Health Degree option for exceptional students who are enrolled in the BS in Public Health degree.
Students have the potential to experience the breadth of public health in the bachelors program and focus on gaining environmental and occupational health (EOH) expertise in the Master of Public Health program. The combined, structured degree enables students to carefully choose electives that prepare them for the advanced courses and provide a broader exposure to EOH in 5 years instead of the 6 years that would be required to complete the degrees separately.
EOH specialists focus on the exposure of people to physical, biological and chemical hazards in the environment or workplace and their impact on health. Students can focus on either industrial hygiene or a broader environmental and occupational health track. The accelerated program covers the same information and addresses the same competencies as the two separate degrees. Students can replace elementary level courses in the bachelor program with deeper expertise provided in the master level coursework.
Students apply to the Public Health major after completion of 56 units of specified courses. Students apply to the combined, accelerated MPH program after completing 75 credit hours of undergraduate work including at least a semester of organic chemistry, calculus, and physics. A full year of calculus is preferred. A GPA of 3.3 or greater during the first two years of the undergraduate curriculum is required. Students are accepted following completion of 90 undergraduate credit hours. Students will begin the MPH curriculum their senior year as an undergraduate. As with the MPH, the internship is initiated during the summer between the first (senior) and second year of the MPH degree. The final report is due the last semester in the program.
Arizona's first and only accredited college of public health, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is uniquely situated in the culturally rich and diverse Southwest. Distinguished for our outstanding community-based research and for our focus on eliminating health disparities among populations of the Southwest and globally, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community involvement.
The College of Public Health's interdisciplinary activities are enhanced by being part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The College consistently ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled among accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. In addition, the University of Arizona is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities that have developed exceptionally strong overall research and academic programs.
Environmental and Occupational Health
The EOH concentration has two tracks: EOH and Industrial Hygiene (IH). The EOH track has the same requirements as the MPH program and further requires at least one year of general or inorganic chemistry and strongly recommends one year of calculus, and a semester each of organic chemistry and physics.
For admission, students interested in the Environmental and Occupational Health - Industrial Hygiene track are required to complete one year of calculus (Calculus I and II) and general or inorganic chemistry (General Chemistry I and II), and at least one semester of organic chemistry and physics, in addition to the MPH requirements. Contact us if you have any questions about these requirements. As a reference, courses listed in the University of Arizona catalog that fulfill these requirements include: Math 125/129, Chem 151/152, Chem 241 and Phys 141. Students can make up deficient coursework during their first year in the program.
View more detailed admissions criteria at: https://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/mph-admissions-criteria
Applications should be submitted through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for accredited schools and programs of public health, at www.sophas.org.
A variety of funding is available in the form of scholarships/fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. More information regarding tuition and financial assistance is available at: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/tuition-financial-assistance
Priority: January 5
Secondary: March 1
Final Deadline: May 15
Note: Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.
View academic program information at https://publichealth.arizona.edu/undergraduate/accelerated-bs-mph