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Environmental and Occupational Health


Graduates with an M.P.H. degree in environmental health may be employed as air pollution specialists; drinking water and ground water specialists; food safety specialists; hazardous waste specialists; industrial hygienists; solid waste specialists; toxicologists; among others.  Potential employers for program graduates are numerous and varied and include city, county, and state health agencies; environmental consulting agencies; federal government; international health agencies; nonprofit agencies; higher education; and military.  In addition to the training included in the M.P.H. program, M.S. degree in environmental health will better prepare graduates for a research-oriented career.  According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, environmental specialist and scientists have a median pay of $73,230 in 2020, and the jobs in this area are expected to increase by 8% from 2020 to 2030, making prospects for employment excellent. Graduates with a Ph.D. degree in environmental health are prepared for careers as research scientists in government agencies, private industry as well as higher education.

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