The University of Arizona

Community, Environment & Policy

Community, Environment and Policy


The mission of the division is to improve the state of environmental and community health through teaching, research, and service activities.


The Community, Environment and Policy Division represents a diverse group of faculty members who engage in teaching, service and research on the many different areas of public health policy and environmental and community health. Research interests and expertise are primarily focused in the major areas of public health that relate to the environment, community, workplace, health policy and health management. View faculty directory.


Each division is sub-divided into sections that are aligned with academic areas. The division of Community, Environment and Policy consists of two sections:


Educational Programs

The Master's of Public Health degree at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers different concentration areas, two of which are in the Division of Community, Environment and Policy. 

MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH)
The MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) prepares students for professional practice and/or research in environmental and occupational health. Specialized training in the recognition, evaluation, and control of health hazards is emphasized. Course work is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge of chemical, physical, and biological sources of exposure, material toxicity, legal and professional health standards, and engineering and administrative methods for achieving safe and healthful environments for the public.

MPH in Public Health Policy and Management (PHPM)
The MPH in Public Health Policy and Management (PHPM) prepares leaders of public and private health systems to manage effectively and to create and implement policies that promote the public's health. Public Health Policy and Management develops skills in management and leadership, policy analysis and formulation, strategic and financial planning, health services administration and evaluation for all levels of practice, including local/community, state, national and international.

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Public Health Policy and Management (PHPM)
The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Public Health Policy and Management (PHPM) is an advanced, professional degree program designed for the student who intends to pursue a leadership career as a public health professional in the area of Public Health Policy and Management. The DrPH program focuses on developing future leaders in public health practice, who will advance the public's health through the integration and application of a broad range of knowledge and analytical skills in leadership, practice, policy analysis, research, program management and professional communication. The program is designed for students who have a previously awarded Master's degree, preferably a Master of Public Health, and at least two years of public health experience. In addition, applicants with a Bachelor's degree and at least five years of public health leadership, management and/or policy work experience may be considered for admission.

Doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences (PhD)
The Doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences (PhD) provides field, classroom and laboratory experiences for incoming students with highly varied backgrounds. This health focused program builds on an extensive array of basic sciences, from climate change to toxicology. The program develops leaders for industry, government and academia committed to research, education and the practice of environmental health science. Admission to the program is contingent on earning an MS or MPH in environmental health science or a related field.

Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences (MS)
The Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences (MS) provides students with training and preparation for leadership roles (project leaders, program developers) in current and emerging environmental health science disciplines. The program employs a multidisciplinary approach linking the assessment of health impacts with the environment. Students must complete a Master's program to enter the PhD research program in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Arizona.

Consistent with the College's focus on community participation and development, our curriculum emphasizes community partnership in all aspects of public health policy development and program management. The concentration also offers a dual degree, MPH/MS program in Latino Health and Public Health Policy and Management, in collaboration with the University of Arizona's Mexican American Studies Program.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentrated study in Environmental and Occupational Health (BS) is designed to promote an understanding of health and disease based on public health principles. The primary goal of the program is to train public health professionals who will seek to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities. Those in the Environmental and Occupational Health will receive additional training in fundamentals of environmental and industrial health, health preparedness, and risk assessment.

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Community, Environment and Policy Division members are engaged in a wide range of research areas that focus on the public health preparedness, environment, community, workplace, health policy and health management. The faculty's research interest includes: diabetes prevention and control, physical activity and nutrition in children, waterborne pathogens, anthrax, health hazards of public safety workers, exposure to pesticide, Valley Fever, hospital and emergency medical services for the poor, respiratory toxicology in firefighters, mining-related injuries and exposures, environmental arsenic exposure, methamphetamine labs, tobacco use, industrial hygiene, ventilation, native healing practices, and disease-causing microbes in the environment.

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