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Department of Environmental Health

Division of Public Health Sciences

Master of Public Health - Occupational Public Health Concentration

The OPH concentration prepares students to take or advance careers in Occupational Health. In the case of Occupational Medicine residents, completion of their MPH degree with an OPH concentration fulfills important requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as well as the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) as residents prepare for their board certification in Preventive Medicine with a specialty in Occupational Medicine. In the case of Non-Medical residents who are pursuing the MPH degree with a concentration in Occupational Public Health; these non-residents will have different core requirements from residents but will share many classes as well as the practicum experiences with the Occupational Medicine residents. Graduates of the University of Cincinnati MPH program with an OPH concentration are appropriately trained to assume leadership positions in settings that include: government agencies, universities, corporate medical departments, hospital-based occupational medicine departments, insurance companies, and ambulatory occupational medicine practices.

Students enrolled in the occupational public health concentration will complete 18 semester hours in the core MPH courses, a minimum of 18 semester hours of study in approved OPH concentration courses, and a minimum of 9 semester hours in the practicum and capstone phase of study. The student can pick up any other electives offered in the department or outside in consultation with his/her Concentration Director or the MPH Program Director. The concentration director or MPH Program Director will review each students program of study and approve concentration course work.

Curriculum Guide

Students concentrating in the MPH occupational public health concentration will expand on the below listed competencies:

  1. Define strategies for related to prevention and treatment of occupational injury and disease and the minimization of disability.
  2. Define and implement strategies to improve workplace safety.
  3. Define how ergonomics principles can be implemented in jobsites to prevent disease and improve productivity.
  4. Demonstrate how risk reduction, hazard control and risk communication can be implemented within workplace and public health settings.
  5. Demonstrate  an  understanding  of  occupational  health  management  and administration.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the primary tenants of industrial hygiene methods in practice-based settings.
  7. Exhibit the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary public health/healthcare team.
  8. Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the environmental determinants of disease including; occupationally acquired illnesses and disease.