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PHD - General Occupational and Environmental Health

The PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health with an emphasis General Occupational Health is designed to prepare students to gain comprehensive knowledge of administrative procedures as it relates to developing and managing occupational health programs for large organizations, academia, government and or private industries.

Intended for students with extensive or limited professional experience in the area of occupational health, students gain the opportunity to complete broad coursework connected to clinical aspects of occupational injuries and diseases, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, biostatistics, safety administration and occupational health psychology

Kurt Hegmann, MD
Rocky Mountain Center for OEH Director

Joseph Allen, PhD
Director of OEH Academic Programs

Credit Requirements

PhD in OEH (with a prior Master's degree that includes core OEH courses) = 40 Credit Hours

This requirement is applicable for students with a Master of Science in Occupational Health (MSOH), Master of Occupational Health (MOH) or an equivalent degree (i.e. Master of Public Health). Equivalent degree transcripts will be evaluated and considered for transferable credit on a case-by-case basis by the RMCOEH Faculty Admissions Committee.

PhD in OEH (either without an appropriate prior Master’s degree or lacking the core OEH courses) = 64 Credit Hours

This requirement is applicable to students who have successfully completed some of the prior core OEH courses but not all of the core OEH courses. Students may receive partial credit with a decrease in the total number of credits required for the PhD upon evaluation of transcripts by the RMCOEH Faculty Admissions committee.


A complete list of course requirements and degree competencies for the PhD in OEH with the General Occupational Health emphasis can be found within our departmental handbook listed here:OEH Handbook