Zilber student volunteering at the Hunger Taskforce Farm

The accelerated MPH environmental health program is designed to meet the academic and professional goals of high-achieving students who want to begin their career as public health professionals. 

Graduates of the accelerated MPH in environmental health sciences track meet nationally accredited core competencies covering knowledge and skills required of public health professionals. Plus, they have credits of specialized graduate training in public health.

Program Type

Accelerated Master’s

Program Format

On Campus
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Student Spotlight

“In addition to pursuing my MPH at Zilber, I am currently working as a public health assistant at the Oak Creek Health Department.

My duties include promoting and supporting public health through performing communicable disease contact tracing activities, creating and maintaining data files, and drafting and editing client records and correspondence.

I feel extremely lucky to be in a position to help lower the burden of COVID-19 in Milwaukee County, and I believe that the education I have gained at Zilber has given me the tools to do so.” 

Bre Campbell, MPH – environmental health sciences

Bre Campbell
Bre Campbell, MPH – environmental health sciences

Accelerated MPH students learn the biological, chemical and structural components of public health and how to put current research to practice. Laboratories and equipment are available across campus to promote innovative concepts in issues of environmental health sciences.

Accelerated BS/MPH in Environmental Health Sciences

The bachelor’s in public health requires a minimum of 120 credits. The MPH environmental health sciences track requires 47 credits. Up to 29 graduate course credits may be double-counted toward the BS in public health.

Undergraduate Courses

At least 33 credits of general education and foundations courses.

Public Health Major Required Courses (48 credits)

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
PH 142: Exploring Global Environmental Health (3 credits)
PH 201: Public Health from Cells to Society I (3 credits)
PH 202: Public Health from Cells to Society II (3 credits)
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions or other statistics course approved by public health major advisor (3 credits)
HCA 307: Epidemiology for the Health Sciences (3 credits)
PH 302: Health and Disease: Concepts and Contexts (3 credits)
PH 303: Climate Change, the Environment & Human Health (3 credits)
PH 319: Introduction to Health Disparities (3 credits)
PH 327: Foundations for Action in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 346: Environmental Health and Disease (3 credits)
PH 355: Public Health Research Methods I (3 credits)
PH 410: True Lies – Consuming & Communicating Quantitative Information (3 credits)
PH 427: Strategies for Action in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 428: Project Implementation & Evaluation for a Healthy Society (3 credits)
PH 455: Public Health Research Methods II (3 credits)

Elective credits – up to 10 credit hours to reach 120 credits.

Graduate Courses

MPH Required Common Core Courses (25 credits)

PH 702: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
PH 703: Environmental Health Sciences (3 credits)
PH 704: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (3 credits)
PH 705: Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PH 706: Perspectives in Community and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
PH 708: Health Systems and Population Health (3 credits)
PH 733: Overview of Qualitative Methods for PH (1 credit)
PH 790: Field Experience in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 791: Leadership in Public Health (1 credit)
PH 800: Capstone in Public Health (2 credits)

Required EHS Track Courses (seven credits)

PH 743: Environmental Risk Assessment (3 credits)
PH 750: Seminar in Environmental Health Sciences (1 credit)
PH 762: Environmental Epidemiology (3 credits)

Built Environment “S”elective – Choose one (three credits)

ARCH 790: Special Topics: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Assessment for Environmental, Economic, and Social Impact (3 credits)
GEOG 520: The Physical Geography of the City (3 credits)
GEOG 880/URBPLAN 880: Urban Sustainability (3 credits)
GEOG 945: The Internal Structure of the City (3 credits)
IDN ENG 580 Ergonomics (3 credits)
URBPLAN 791 Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems for Planning (3 credits)

Other classes as approved by MPH faculty advisor.

Chemical Environment “S”elective -– Choose one (three credits)

PH 741: Environmental Public Health Microbiology (3 credits)
PH 744: Environmental Toxicology (3 credits)
PH 745: Developmental Toxicology (3 credits)

Other classes as approved by MPH faculty advisor.

Biological Environment “S”elective -– Choose one (three credits)

PH 741: Environmental Public Health Microbiology (3 credits)
PH 745: Developmental Toxicology (3 credits)
PH 775: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease (2 credits)

Other classes as approved by MPH faculty advisor.

Elective – Choose two additional courses (six credits) 

Choose from built, chemical, or biological “S”electives listed above or other classes as approved by MPH faculty advisor.

Accelerated MPH in Environmental Health Sciences Careers

Graduates from the environmental health sciences track in UWM’s one-year MPH program often work for health institutions at the city, state or national level. Other opportunities exist in public health roles that look at the intersection of the built environment and human health, like the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Job growth for environmental specialists is higher than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Amy Kalkbrenner
  • Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Michael Laiosa
  • Associate Professor and Faculty Chair
Todd Miller
  • Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Kurt Svoboda
  • Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences Faculty Expertise

  • Prenatal exposure to dioxin and related contaminants and the impact on children’s immune system health. 
  • Environmental and human health effects of anthropogenic chemicals, such as engineered nanomaterials. 
  • Factors that regulate human exposure to naturally occurring or anthropogenic toxins in water or wastewater. 
  • Nicotine toxicity and the developmental biology of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.