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Explore Our Environmental and Occupational Health Specialization

Whether it’s contaminated drinking water, polluted air, or harmful chemicals in the workplace, environmental health issues affect us all. Lead the way forward in promoting a safer, healthier world with our PhD in Public Health Environmental and Occupational Health specialization.

With this online PhD in Public Health specialization, you’ll gain a holistic view of how environmental and occupational factors affect human health on a local, global, and national scale. Build an advanced research skill set that empowers you to create innovative solutions to the complex environmental health challenges impacting your community and beyond.

A PhD in Public Health with a specialization in Environmental and Occupational Health prepares public health professionals to foster healthier home, public, and work environments through research, policymaking, and health promotion.

Be Supported at Each Step

The Walden Doctoral Degree Coach™ helps you find the right support when you need it and stay on track throughout your journey.

Earn Your PhD While Working

Our PhD program is among the few that are online. Continue to work as a public health professional while pursuing your doctorate.

Focus Your Studies

Choose to customize your program coursework toward policy or epidemiology and tailor your degree to your career and research passion.

Enhance Your Skill Set

Learn geographic information system (GIS) mapping—an essential tool in researching and solving environmental health issues.


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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

TRACK I: Choose this track if you have a Master of Public Health (MPH) or an MS in Public Health.

TRACK II: Choose this track if you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in an academic discipline other than the public health field.


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: Master of Public Health (MPH) or MS in Public Health for Track 1 or bachelor’s degree or higher for Track 2

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Make a Positive Difference in the Communities You Serve

In our Environmental and Occupational Health specialization, you’ll learn how to conduct scientifically rigorous research that informs innovative solutions to environmental and workplace health challenges. Develop your leadership skills through coursework that also covers grant writing, biostatistics, industrial hygiene principles, environmental and occupational toxicology, and other key topics. You’ll also learn to use powerful analytical and quantitative tools to identify, assess, and address environmental hazards that threaten the health and well-being of communities and workers.

A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your PhD in Public Health requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

  • Map and Track Milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished, all in one place.
  • Meet Weekly Targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
  • Connect With Faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
  • Access Helpful Resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

Career Outlook

From the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, to the global Zika virus outbreak, environmental issues can wreak havoc in communities and across nations. With a PhD in Public Health with an Environmental and Occupational Health specialization, you can help ensure safer, healthier environments in which people can thrive.

Whether you want to influence the field through leadership, research, teaching, or policymaking, earning a PhD can help you achieve the highest level of your public health career. Reach your professional potential while making a meaningful, lasting impact for the populations you serve.

Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of


through 2029.1

A PhD in Public Health with a specialization in Environmental and Occupational Health can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • State and local public health departments
  • Academia
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Hospital and medical facilities

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