Environmental Health Sciences

College of Health and Human Sciences

During the past three decades public concern about the environment has increased. The quality and quantity of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the environments where we live have a profound impact on our health and well-being. Environmental health professionals are involved with improving our understanding of how environmental agents may affect health in order to promote health and prevent disease. Areas of environmental health science include assessing exposure to environmental agents, understanding the relationships between exposure and disease, and translating this knowledge into science-based policy.

Environmental concerns have resulted in several major environmental policy decisions, including the creation of the EPA and the passage of the Safe Water Drinking Act, the Clean Air Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Federal Environmental Pesticide Act. The purpose of this major is to develop individuals who have the education and training to deal with the complex environmental problems and issues of today and tomorrow.

Students pursuing a major in Environmental Health Sciences also have the opportunity to complete an accelerated 5-year Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences through the College of Health and Human Sciences.

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Careers in Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences prepares graduates for positions in public and private business and industry, helping to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations. The employment rate for 2014 graduates of the Environmental Health Sciences program was 100%. Graduates pursue careers such as:

  • Environmental Health Scientist
  • Environmental Epidemiologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Environmental Health Consultant
  • Toxicologist
  • Public Health Sanitarian
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Risk Assessor
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Investigators
  • Air, land, and water quality technicians
  • Federal, state, and local government officials
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