1. Master of Public Health
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Environmental Health Sciences Track

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Environmental Health Sciences track focuses on exposures from air, water, food, work, and the built environment that affect the health of individuals and communities. You will explore global environmental issues like climate change and emerging pollutants of concern, and participate in cutting-edge research on chemical exposures and fetal origins of adult diseases. Graduates gain a core skillset that prepares them to become leaders in this important and growing field of public health.

The coursework and hands-on experiences in this track are interdisciplinary and consider the broader context of environmental exposures and their contribution to health disparities on a local, national, and global scale. You will work with nationally regarded researchers, clinicians, public health professionals, and community partners in the fields of environmental health and occupational medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and its partners, including:

Learn More About This Track

To determine if the Environmental Health Sciences track is right for you, explore the additional requirements and get a preview of the competencies and courses.

Students in this specialty track will develop skills and competencies to be successful in public health including:

  • Assessing environmental and occupational exposures.
  • Preventing and controlling environmental and occupational hazards.
  • Identifying the adverse effects of chemical, biological, and physical exposures on human health.
  • Interpreting epidemiologic and other research findings related to environmental risks, and participating in designing and conducting research.
  • Synthesizing relevant information in order to assess and manage occupational risks, participate in policy development, and analyze EOH policy implications.
  • Engaging in public health messaging and risk communication activities with a focus on the environment and health.

The MPH degree requires the completion of a total of 45 credits, an applied practice experience, and a culminating experience. In addition to the general course requirements, students will these track-specific courses:

  • Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Public Health Surveillance
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental Exposures, Risk, and Public Health

Remaining credits are accrued through electives, seminars and independent study. The track advisor should be consulted early to plan ahead for the completion of the MPH degree requirements. Refer to the Environmental Health Sciences Checklist for a full list of courses.

In this track, you will complete an applied practice experience, and culminating experience, which can be a master’s thesis, manuscript, or capstone project.

Recent applied practice experiences include:

  • Internship at the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
  • Participation in environmental outreach projects with community organizations
  • Survey of pregnant women about Zika virus prevention

Recent culminating experiences include:

  • Examination of health impacts from dust exposure from the World Trade Center collapse
  • Assessing the impacts of prenatal lead exposure from contaminated soil at battery recycling sites in Indonesia
  • Evaluation of environmental health outreach for diverse audiences

Meet Your Track Advisor

Student Quotes

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Justine Marcinek

“Environmental and occupational public health classes enabled me to cultivate connections in the field and develop my interests into my culminating experience. Integrating what I learned about public health research, statistics, computer programming, and health policy, I wrote a first-author manuscript.”

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Justine Marcinek

“Environmental and occupational public health classes enabled me to cultivate connections in the field and develop my interests into my culminating experience. Integrating what I learned about public health research, statistics, computer programming, and health policy, I wrote a first-author manuscript.”

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Isha Kohli, MPH, CPH

“My pursuit of an MPH has been a life-changing journey that has enriched my comprehension of global health and inequalities. As an Indian physician, the convergence of public health and medicine seemed like an unattainable aspiration, but my association with the renowned Mount Sinai community has turned my dreams into reality.”

Justine Marcinek headshot

Justine Marcinek

“Environmental and occupational public health classes enabled me to cultivate connections in the field and develop my interests into my culminating experience. Integrating what I learned about public health research, statistics, computer programming, and health policy, I wrote a first-author manuscript.”

isha kohli headshot

Isha Kohli, MPH, CPH

“My pursuit of an MPH has been a life-changing journey that has enriched my comprehension of global health and inequalities. As an Indian physician, the convergence of public health and medicine seemed like an unattainable aspiration, but my association with the renowned Mount Sinai community has turned my dreams into reality.”