Master of Public Health - Occupational Public Health Concentration
Occupational public health is a dedicated branch of medicine that focuses on the prevention of work-related illness and injury. Students in this concentration also complete the Occupational Medicine Residency Training Program while obtaining their MPH degree. Applicants must have completed a clinical year (PGY-1) before they start the UC Occupational Medicine residency program, and they should have completed or currently be completing their PGY-1 clinical year before applying to our program.
The UC MPH-Occupational Public Health 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. This program prepares students 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.
MPH-Occupational Public Health Concentration Competencies
Upon completion of the MPH degree in Occupational Public Health, students will be able to:
- Define strategies for related to prevention and treatment of occupational injury and disease and the minimization of disability.
- Define and implement strategies to improve workplace safety.
- Define how ergonomics principles can be implemented in jobsites to prevent disease and improve productivity.
- Demonstrate how risk reduction, hazard control and risk communication can be implemented within workplace and public health settings.
- Demonstrate an understanding of occupational health management and administration.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the primary tenants of industrial hygiene methods in practice-based settings.
- Exhibit the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary public health/healthcare team.
- Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the environmental determinants of disease including; occupationally acquired illnesses and disease.