LSU and LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Offer New Fast-Track to Environmental Public Health Degree


February 24, 2017

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s College of Coast & Environment, or CC&E, and the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans’ School of Public Health have joined forces to offer a fast-track program for a Master of Public Health, or MPH, degree in response to a critical need for master’s level employees in the field. This 3+2 program allows students to complete their first three years at LSU CC&E and their last two years at the LSU School of Public Health.

“In as little as five years, graduates can receive both a bachelor’s degree in Coastal Environmental Science and master’s degree in Public Health, as opposed to the traditional six years,” said Christopher D’Elia, dean, LSU College of the Coast & Environment. “By minimizing the amount of time it takes to acquire an MPH, students save both time and money while meeting the workforce needs in this field more quickly than ever before.”

The 3+2 program also creates a new Environmental Health concentration for a bachelor’s degree in Coastal Environmental Science. With its focus on toxicology and the environment, the program is unique in the Environmental Health field. Its curriculum has been developed by faculty whose experience includes working in top medical and research facilities. Their knowledge of research, application, toxicology and public health make them the ideal developers of this program, which will educate our future public health leaders.

Students who choose the program will have a wide variety of career options, including health and safety engineering, environmental science, health care administration, policy making and more.

“Public health is critical for Louisiana and our nation. These graduates will contribute scientifically-based knowledge to help create, promote and maintain a healthier society,” said Dean Smith, dean, LSU School of Public Health, New Orleans. “They will be able to pursue careers that develop economically feasible solutions to create a healthier community and nation.”
LSU also offers a fast-track 3+3 pre-law program for LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences students.

About LSU College of the Coast & Environment
Louisiana State University’s College of the Coast & Environment (CC&E) educates tomorrow’s workforce and leaders, undertakes interdisciplinary discovery, and improves the understanding of the interaction between complex human and natural systems, particularly in coastal regions. It is LSU’s sole academic institution with a core mission of advancing coastal and environmental issues with science, technology, and knowledge. Home to award-winning, internationally-acclaimed faculty, CC&E is comprised of two departments, the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences and the Department of Environmental Sciences.

About LSU School of Public Health

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans is one of two public specialized academic health sciences centers in Louisiana. The Health Sciences Center is comprised of the Schools of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Graduate Studies, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. Educational programs prepare students for careers as healthcare professionals, educators, administrators, and scientists. The Health Sciences Center disseminates and advances knowledge through basic and clinical research programs, resulting in publications, technology transfer, and related economic enhancements to meet the changing needs of the State of Louisiana and the nation. The mission of the School of Public Health is to advance the public’s health and well-being through education, research and service with a focus on issues affecting Louisiana. It is comprised of five academic programs offering masters and doctoral degrees in Behavioral & Community Health Sciences, Biostatistics, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy & Systems Management.


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