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EPH 2021 Schedule

Updated information regarding the 2022 class schedule will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. You can also contact us at with any questions.

May 24, 2021 – July 16, 2021, 100% Online

  • Monday—Thursday: Live (synchronous), online classes using the Zoom web-conferencing app
    8:45am - 3:30pm EDT on most days, with some exceptions
  • Fridays: Self-paced (asynchronous) lessons, using the class website (Canvas Learning Management System)
    • Exceptions: May 28 (live on Zoom all day), June 11 (live on Zoom 9:00-11:00am), June 25 (live on Zoom all day), July 9 (optional, live session for resume workshop), July 16 (live Final Exam, either in-person or online)
  • Holidays (no class): Memorial Day--May 31; Independence Day (observed)--July 5

A day-by-day, detailed schedule of classes will be made available to registered students shortly before the start of the program.

In addition, all students must complete a 200-hour (~ 5-week) field training internship with a local health department, likely in or near their geographic area (these are typically unpaid internships). This is usually done after the classroom portion of the course ends in July, although some students complete the internship on their own before EPH begins. Typical workday times in a local health department run from 9am - 4pm, but may also include nights or weekends, depending on the health department. Internships completed after the EPH class concludes will be coordinated by our office.

Many students ask if they will be able to keep their jobs while enrolled in EPH. While some students have been able to make this work, such as by taking a night shift, we have seen that continuing to work a full-time job is very difficult. EPH requires a significant amount of time for participation in class and studying outside of class. Many students have reported that even working a part-time job is a challenge while enrolled in EPH.

    What will you get out of the EPH program?
    Students share things they learned and how they use it in their internships and their lives.


All course materials will be available on the course website in the Canvas Learning Management System. Access to Canvas will be given to registered students shortly before the first day of class. Any required printed materials will be made available before the start of class. Students should expect to come to the OCPE office in New Brunswick to pick up their printed materials.

Registered students will receive a list of recommended reading materials before the start of class. While students are not required to purchase these books, we do highly suggest that you consider accessing these resources at some point in your career.

Technology Requirements

EPH 2021 will be held entirely online. In order to have the best experience, we highly recommend having a high-speed internet connection and a reliable desktop or laptop computer with a working microphone and webcam (internal or external). While Zoom (the web conferencing tool we will use for live classes) and Canvas (the resource site for all presentations, handouts, and recorded lectures) are accessible on apps for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, we have found that students sometimes face difficulties if they are not using a computer. Chromebooks, like mobile devices, will suffice in most circumstances, but it is possible that these users may not have the same total capability as on a computer.

Students are expected to update and maintain the latest versions of certain applications on their computers or devices, including Zoom, in order to have access to all features.

In households where multiple users are on a network, we recommend testing out your normal daily usage prior to the start of class. You may find that if multiple people are on your network simultaneously, it may make it difficult to have a strong enough connection to allow you to log on to the live Zoom classes. If this looks like it may be a problem, we recommend troubleshooting the situation early on. You may find that connecting your computer with a wire directly into your modem may help, as opposed to relying on a wifi signal from a router.

EPH 2022

» Next Offering:
Summer 2022, exact dates TBD

» Internship:
200 hour internship at a local health department