Environmental Health Promotion and Policy

EHPP venn diagramThe Environmental Health Promotion and Policy (EHPP) MPH program will provide students with the public health background and skills to evaluate environmental and occupational health risks and develop solutions based on health promotion and policy tools to reduce such risks.

Exposures to environmental and occupational stressors, as well as potential mitigation strategies, are studied through a combination of courses in environmental health sciences, health behavior and health education, natural resources and the environment, health management and policy, and public policy. The environmental and public health knowledge gained through the program will provide the basis for designing and promoting innovative solutions that manage adverse occupational and environmental exposures and promote human health.

Graduates of the EHPP program will work in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, and industry to meet present and future needs for environmental health policy and promotion efforts necessary to improve public health by mitigating hazard exposure in communities and workplaces. There is a growing need for individuals with the skill set provided by this degree given the increasing number and complexity of environmental health hazards facing people in the US and across the globe.

Applicants to this program have a variety backgrounds and interests and the department welcomes applicants from all undergraduate majors.  It is expected that the successful applicant will have at last one course in biology but no other specific undergraduate courses are required.  The department places greater emphasis on overall sound scholarship and promise of development than on the precise focus of the baccalaureate degree.  Specfiic admission requirements for the EHS MPH degree are found here.

Visit the EHS MPH degree site  and the Admissions & Aid section of the U-M SPH site for details on the application process and financial aid options. Additional information for international applicants can be found here.


The EHPP program provides the foundation for understanding and anticipating environmentally- and occupationally-related health impacts, the skills for using this knowledge and available policy and health promotion tools to improve human health, and an understanding of approaches to evaluating the success or failure of environmental health interventions.

Sample Schedule

Year 1: Fall 
EHS 510: Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship (RCRS)  1 cr
EHS 601: Exposure Science and Health  3 cr
EHS 687: Professional Development in EHS I  0.5 cr
PUBHLTH 507: Social Determinants of Health  2 cr
EHPP Selectives/Electives 3 cr
Select one of the following:  3 cr
    EHS 602: Essentials of Toxicology  
    HBEHED 690: Environmental Health Promotion  
Select one of the following:  3 cr
    BIOSTAT 501: Introduction to Biostatistics  
    BIOSTAT 521: Applied Biostatistics   
Year 1: Winter
EHS 597: Environmental Health Policy 2 cr
EHS 603: Occupational and Environmental Disease 3 cr
EHS 688: Professional Development in EHS II 0.5 cr
PUBHLTH 512: Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health 3 cr
PUBPOL 650: Introduction to Science and Technology Policy Analysis 3 cr
EHPP Selectives/Electives 3 cr
Year 1: Summer | Internship/APEx Experience 
Year 2: Fall 
EHS 604: Professional Perspectives in EHS/EHS Capstone 2 cr
EHS 689: Professional Development in EHS III 0.5 cr
EHPP Selectives/Electives 10 cr
Select one of the following:  3 cr
    EHS 602: Essentials of Toxicology   
    HBEHED 690: Environmental Health Promotion   
Year 2: Winter 
EHS 588/EAS 475: Environmental Law 3 cr
HMP 653: Law and Public Health 3 cr
PUBHLTH 511: Nutrition and Public Health 2 cr
PUBHLTH 513: Public Health Systems, Policy, and Management 3 cr
PUBHLTH 516: Leadership in Public Health 1 cr
EHPP Selectives/Electives 3 cr

More Information

For answers to questions about the EHPP program, please contact:

Professor Tim Dvonch
Environmental Health Promotion and Policy Director