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Degree Requirements

Below are the degree requirements for both the full-time and part-time MSPH programs (unless otherwise specified).

Students must maintain minimum academic standards (see below). They are also required to complete the following:

Academic Standards

Students must meet minimum academic standards to remain in the MSPH in OEH Program. Failure to meet any of the criteria below is grounds for dismissal from the program.

For satisfactory academic progress, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum of 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Retake a required course in which they receive a grade of "D" or "F."

If a student receives a grade of "D" or "F" twice in the same required course, they may not repeat the course a third time. If the course is a required core course with no other options, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Internship, Culminating Project, Master's Essay and Presentation

The student is expected to assume independent responsibility for a project, the content of which should be based on an occupational or environmental health problem that is pertinent to the educational goals of the student and approved by the adviser.

  • Full-time students will complete a three-month internship
  • Part-time/Internet-based students will perform an Independent Professional Project (IPP) at their place of employment

Examples of Recent Projects and Essay Titles

  • An Evaluation of Occupational Lead Exposure During Soldering Activities in Electronic Repair Operations at the Washington, DC Metro Area Transit Authority Telegraph Road Systems Maintenance Facility
  • Bioaerosols Assessment in a New Office Building
  • Comparison of Inner City and Suburban Housing Quality Using Home Inspections
  • Survey of Volatile Organic Compounds and Formaldehyde and its Impact on Indoor Air Quality in a Biomedical Facility
  • Mouse Urine Protein Area Exposure in an Academic Research Institution
  • Assessing Beryllium, Cadmium, and Chromium Exposures at a Large Helicopter Repair and Maintenance Facility
  • Noise Exposures of Rail Workers at a North American Chemical Facility
  • Noise Exposures in the Liquid Packing Department of a Large Liquid Detergent Manufacturer
  • Occupational Noise Exposure Assessment: Line Workers of BGE Distribution, Operation, Construction, and Maintenance Department
  • Heavy Metal Exposure Assessment of M1A1 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Crews Under Simulated Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Conditions
  • A Comparison of the Seasonal Distributions of Birth Dates of Adult and Juvenile Myositis Patients Versus Controls
  • The Office Ergonomics Program at a Federal Government Agency: An Analysis of Workers Compensations Claims, Costs and Cost-Benefit Calculation
  • Evaluation of a Respirable Dust Engineering Control for Roofing Tile Saws

Examples of Recent Internships

  • Northrup Grumman Corporation, Linthicum, MD
  • Chevron Nigeria Limited, Lekki, Nigeria
  • Seagate Technology, Bloomington, MN
  • Smithsonian Institutions, Washington, DC
  • ENVIRON International, New York, NY
  • US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Edgewood MD/Colorado Springs, CO
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC
  • Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
  • BAE Systems, York, PA
  • ExxonMobil, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, CA