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Environmental and Occupational Health

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Overview

Video Feature:

Lori Arenhoerster
Doctoral student  in the new Zilber School of Public Health at UWM.

The program in Environmental and Occupational Health offers graduate study leading to the doctoral degree. Program tracks include Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Safety, and Ecosystems, Cities, and Health. The faculty for this program are drawn from a number of departments and research units at UWM, affording the student an unparalleled opportunity for cross-disciplinary training and the performance of novel research projects. Laboratories and equipment are available across campus to promote innovative concepts in issues of environmental and occupational health.

When applying for admission, students should describe their interest in the field and any research preferences. Applicants are encouraged to review the research interests of the faculty and contact those faculty who are of interest.

Program Faculty and Scientists

(Home departments of the program faculty appear in parentheses)

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Distinguished Professors
Garg, Arun, Ph.D., University of Michigan (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering)
Petering, David H., Ph.D., University of Michigan (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Professors
Dellinger, John, Ph.D., University of Illinois (Health Sciences)
Eells, Janis, Ph.D., University of Iowa (Health Sciences)
Heathcote, David R., Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley (Biological Sciences)
Hutz, Reinhold J., Ph.D., Michigan State University (Biological Sciences)
Phyllis King, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Occupational Therapy)
Smith, Roger, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Occupational Therapy)
Snyder, Ann, Ph.D. Purdue University (Human Movement Sciences)
Tonellato, Peter, Ph.D., University of Arizona (Public Health)
Associate Professors
Bartholomew, Karla, Ph.D., JD, MPH, PA, Vanderbilt University (Public Health)
DeSousa, Christopher A., Ph.D. University of Toronto, Canada (Geography)
Carvan, Michael, Ph.D., Texas A&M University (Freshwater Sciences)
Hewitt, Jeanne B., Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago (Nursing)
Kalkbrenner, Amy, Ph.D., MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Public Health)
Klaper, Rebecca, Ph.D., University of Georgia (Freshwater Sciences)
Laiosa, Michael, Ph.D., State University of New York, Upstate Medical University (Public Health)
McLellan, Sandra, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati (Freshwater Sciences)
Miller, Todd, Ph.D., University of Maryland (Public Health)
Svoboda, Kurt, Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook (Public Health)
Senior Scientist
Weber, Daniel, Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Freshwater Sciences)

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Occupational Health

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Admission

Applicants must meet Graduate School requirements plus the following program requirements to be considered for admission:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in a science discipline, including at least four laboratory courses and one statistics course.
  2. Submission of scores on the General Test portion of the Graduate Record Examination; test taken within last five years.
  3. Submission of at least three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's scholarship, research achievements and potential.

For students entering with an advanced degree, credit may be given for relevant coursework at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Major Professor as Advisor

The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student's studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. The entering student is assigned a temporary advisor; a permanent advisor must be selected by the end of the first year of study. The major professor serves as the student's research mentor and guides the student in an individual course of study and research design.

Course of Study

The Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health requires 60 credits beyond the Bachelor's degree. Coursework includes core courses as outlined below (20 credits), at least 12 credits of electives taken from the approved list or approved by the student's advisor, and the remaining credits taken as research. As mentioned above, credit for relevant coursework at other institutions may be applied against this total. Initially the student's advisor will approve course of study; this task will be performed by the student's doctoral advisory committee after it is formed.

Core Courses (20 credits)
PH 801 Seminar in Public Health Research (3 credits)
PH 819 Social and Environmental Justice in Public Health (3 credits)
EOH 821 Advanced Survey of Environmental Health (3 credits)
EOH 822 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Environmental Disease (3 credits)
PH 841 Epidemiology (3 credits) OR MCW EPI 11272 Environmental Epidemiology
PH 842 Biostatistics (3 credits) OR MCW BIOST 04200 Biostatistics I
EOH 939 Seminar in Environmental and Occupational Health (1 credit); two semesters required
Electives

Electives are divided into three categories (molecular, organismal, population/environment). It is recommended that the student take courses in each category in order to obtain a comprehensive and integrated knowledge of the area of interest. At least 12 credits of electives must be completed that compose a coherent plan of study and provide a strong foundation in the student's area of research. See the EOH Ph.D. Graduate Student Handbook for a list of approved electives.

Residence

The student must complete at least 30 credits required for the Ph.D. in residence at UWM in doctoral status. In addition, the student must complete at least 8 graduate credits in each of two consecutive semesters, or 6 or more graduate credits in each of three consecutive semesters, exclusive of summer sessions.

Ph.D. Advisory Committee

The student, in consultation with the Major Professor, will select four additional members to form a Ph.D. Advisory Committee. A minimum of three committee members must be EOH program faculty. See the Graduate School Doctoral Requirements page for more information on the doctoral committee.

Doctoral Preliminary Examination

The purpose of the doctoral preliminary examination is to assess the student's preparation for independent research. The student must pass the preliminary examination within five years of initial enrollment to continue in the program.

Dissertator Status

Specific requirements which must be completed before a doctoral student qualifies for dissertator status are described on the Graduate School Doctoral Requirements page.

Dissertation

Students must prepare and successfully defend a dissertation reporting the results of their research. The original research findings embodied in this dissertation should be acceptable for publication in refereed journals.

Time Limit

The student must complete all requirements for the degree within 10 years of the date of initial enrollment in the program.

Courses

There are other courses under development in addition to those that appear below. The full complement of courses will be available soon.

Environmental and Occupational Health

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Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

821 Advanced Survey of Environmental Health. 3 cr. G.
The role of environmental factors in determining human health, and human processes that degrade this interaction. Prereq: grad st
822 Molecular & Cellular Basis of Environmental Disease. 3 cr. G.
Examines how environmental agents cause changes in gene expression, structure, and activity leading to human disease; and resulting alterations in normal cellular processes and physiological consequences. Prereq: grad st
840 Special Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health. (Subtitled). 1-4 cr. G.
Topics of current interest in the field of environmental and occupational health. Specific topics and any additional prerequisites announced in the Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. May be repeated w/ chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
939 Seminar in Environmental and Occupational Health. 1 cr. G.
Presentation of topics of current interest in environmental and occupational health. May be repeated to 4 cr max. Prereq: grad st
940 Research in Environmental and Occupational Health. 1-6 cr. G.
Research under supervision of mentor Prereq: grad st; cons instr
990 Research and Dissertation. 1-8 cr. G.
Original research in the field of environmental and occupational health Prereq: grad st.
999 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G.
Independent study on a topic not available as a regular course, directed by a member of the graduate faculty. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.
Public Health

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Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

701 Public Health Principles and Practice. 3 cr. G.
Examination of fundamental principles designed to improve the health of the public, public health theories, domains, and practices.
702 Introduction to Biostatistics. 3 cr. G.
Development and application of statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health. Prereq: grad st; Math 116 with B or better, or equivalent, or cons instr
703 Environmental Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
Survey of effects environment has on humans, and effects humans have on environment, emphasis on toxicology and infectious disease. Prereq: grad st
704 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology. 3 cr. G.
Introduction of the quantitative study of patterns and determinants of health in human populations, including problem conceptualization, study design, measurement, causal inference, estimation accuracy, and threats and solutions to validity. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(C) or cons instr
705 Principles of Public Health Policy and Administration. 3 cr. G.
Description of delivery, quality and costs of health care for populations; assessment of structure, process and outcomes of population-based health policies and services. Prereq: grad st
705 (effective 01/26/2015) Principles of Public Health Policy and Administration. 3 cr. G.
The role of policy in influencing population health, policies that promote public health, the policymaking process, and the planning and administration of health systems. Prereq: grad st; PH 704(R)
706 Perspectives on Community & Behavioral Health. 3 cr. G.
Philosophical underpinnings, conceptual frameworks, and strategies for the application of behavioral and social science concepts to the goals of public health.Prereq: grad st
707 Introduction to Statistical Computing. 1 cr. G.
Introduction to statistical methods as implemented in SAS, including macros and core statistical analysis functions Prereq: grad st; PH 702(C) or cons instr
709 Public Health Informatics. 3 cr. G.
Overview of the rapidly emerging and evolving field of public health informatics - active learning and exposure to new and relevant public health informatics methods, applications, and tools. Prereq: grad st
711 (810) (effective 01/26/2015) Intermediate Biostatistics. 3 cr. G.
Introduction to modern multivariable statistical analysis, based on generalized linear models. Topics include linear regression, logistic regression, one-way and two-way ANOVA, longitudinal analysis, missing data, and mixed models. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P) or cons instr
712 Probability and Statistical Inference. 3 cr. G.
Introductory graduate-level course that provides students with a mathematical treatment and understanding of key concepts in probability and distribution theory and statistical inference, and their applications in public health. Prereq: grad st; Math 231 (P) & 232 (P) or equivalent, or cons instr
713 (effective 01/26/2015) Analyzing Observational and Experimental Data. 3 cr. G.
Analyze data from both experiments and observational studies within a causal inference framework as it applies to public health. Covers randomization, confounding, blocking, ANOVA, counterfactuals, selection bias, and measurement error. Prereq: grad st; PH 704(C), PH 711 (C) or PH 759 (C) or cons instr
719 (effective 01/26/2015) Social Justice in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
This course is designed to introduce you to the major social variables (e.g., socioeconomic status, race, poverty, social support, neighborhood environment) that affect public health. Prereq: grad st
720 Special Topics in Biostatistics: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
Survey of an area in Biostatistics. Specific credits and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st
725 Theories and Models of Health Behavior. 3 cr. G.
Examine theories of health behavior targeted to each level of the social ecological model, including historical and public health context. Assess utility of these theories in various domains. Prereq: grad st
726 Community Health Assessment. 3 cr. G.
Introduction to the concepts and techniques of community health assessment; conducting and critically analyzing community assessments. Prereq: grad st; PH 701(P) or cons instr
727 Program Planning & Implementation in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Systematic approach to planning and implementing public health programs, examining program monitoring, methods of impact assessment, and measuring efficiency. Prereq: grad st
728 Program Evaluation in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Students design and present research and evaluation plans, receive guidance on developing conceptual frameworks and hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and developing program evaluation plans. Prereq: grad st
729 Survey Research Methods in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
The application of survey methods with emphases on sampling, survey design and planning, and data collection procedures. Prereq: grad st
732 Youth Mental Health Practice for Non Mental Health Professionals. 3 cr. G.
Examination of mental health principles and practices from a public health professional's perspective, including ethical guidelines, necessary interpersonal skills, and mental health screenings and referrals to services. Prereq: grad st
740 Special Topics in Public Health: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Topics of current interest in public health. May be repeated w/ chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
743 Environmental Risk Assessment. 3 cr. G.
Risk assessment practices from an environmental health perspective, complexities and challenges of regulation, management, and mitigation of risks for both human and ecosystem health. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P) & PH 703 (P) or cons instr
744 (effective 01/26/2015) Environmental Toxicology. 3 cr. G.
This course will cover the occurrence, fate and transport, and toxic action of natural and synthetic chemicals encountered in the air, water, and soil. Prereq: grad st; CHEM 100 (or equivalent) with B or better, and BIO SCI 150 (or equivalent) with B or better, or cons instr
745 Developmental Toxicology. 3 cr. G.
An introduction to the field of developmental toxicology and how environmental contaminants influence vertebrate development, including humans. Prereq: grad st.
750 Seminar in Environmental Health Sciences. (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
Survey of an area in environmental health. Specific credits and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
752 Public Health and Mental Health. 3 cr. G.
Understanding mental health and mental illness from a public health perspective; designed for an interdisciplinary audience of students, researchers and practitioners. Prereq: grad st.
761 (effective 01/26/2015) Epidemiology Field Methods. 3 cr. G.
Prepares students to conduct epidemiologic field studies. Introduction of reviewing literature, designing questionnaires, developing surveillance systems, conducting emergency outbreak investigations, applying for IRB approval, and public relations. Prereq: grad st; PH 700(P), 702(P), and PH 704 (P) or cons instr
762 Environmental Epidemiology. 3 cr. G.
Expands upon basic epidemiological principles to tackle current problems in studies of health impacts of contaminants in air, water, food supply, consumer products, and indoor spaces, emphasizing a cross-disciplinary approach. Prereq: grad st; PH 703(P) and PH 704(P) or cons instr.
775 Mechanisms of Infectious Disease. 2 cr. G.
Molecular and cellular means by which microorganisms facilitate infection, withstand or evade immune response, induce damage to host, and ensure transmission to human populations. C L Sci 775 & PH 775 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st; lc & la course in medical microbiology
776 (effective 01/26/2015) Qualitative Approaches in Public Health Policy and Administration. 3 cr. G.
Introduces students to foundational approaches to qualitative research for use in public health policy & administration. It provides opportunities to practice foundational data collection, research analysis, reflexivity, & research design skills. Prereq: grad st
780 Seminar in Public Health Policy and Administration. (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
Survey of an area in Public Health Policy and Administration. Specific credits and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st
790 Field Experience in Public Health. 1-6 cr. G.
Apply skills learned in the classroom to real world public health problems in a mentored field placement, engaging both faculty and site preceptors. Prereq: grad st; PH 701(P), PH 702(P), PH 703(P), PH 704(P), PH 705(P), PH 706(P), and PH 707(P) or cons instr
800 Capstone in Public Health. 2 cr. G.
Application of acquired public health knowledge, experience and competencies in developing a public health project that demonstrates readiness for professional practice. Prereq: grad st; PH 790(P) or cons instr.
801 Seminar in Public Health Research. 3 cr. G.
Immersion in interdisciplinary collaborative approaches to public health research. Prereq: grad st; 1 course in stats/biostats and 1 course in research methods; or cons instr.
810 Biostatistics II. 3 cr. G.
Introduction to modern multivariable statistical analysis, based on generalized linear models. Topics include linear regression, logistic regression, one-way and two-way ANOVA, longitudinal analysis, missing data, and mixed models. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P) or cons instr
819 Social and Environmental Justice in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Social and environmental justice perspective on public health problems and concerns. Jointly offered w/ & counts as a repeat of Soc Wrk 819. Prereq: grad st
820 Maternal and Child Health Foundations, Policy and Practice. 3 cr. G.
The foundations of MCH, historical context, financing, challenges, and opportunities in advancing MCH at state, national and international level including the integration of men. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P), 704(P) or cons instr
825 Social and Behavioral Science in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Overview of the contribution and use of social and behavioral sciences approaches in public health research, policy, planning/evaluation, practice, and interventions. Prereq: grad st
826 Principles of Community Intervention Research. 3 cr. G.
Seminar covering classics in community-based public health research and the development of conceptual and methodological skills in community engagement. Counts a repeat of PH 740 with similar topic. Prereq: grad st.
827 Research Design in Community and Behavioral Health Promotion. 3 cr. G.
Examination of experimental, quasi-experimental, and nonexperimental study designs, focus groups, and coding with qualitative software. Prereq: grad st; admis to doctoral prog; PH 801(P) & 702(P) or cons instr.
831 Community Engagement and Participatory Research Approaches in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Effective approaches to engaging communities in health interventions and addressing health disparities. Prereq: grad st.
990 Research and Dissertation. 1-8 cr. G.
Original research in any public health discipline Prereq: grad st.
999 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G.
Independent study on a topic not available as a regular course, directed by a member of the graduate faculty. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

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