Environmental Health 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. Graduates pursue careers such as:
- Air, land, and water quality technicians
- Environmental Epidemiologist
- Environmental Health Consultant
- Environmental Health Scientist
- Environmental Risk Assessor
- Federal, state, and local government officials
- Health and Safety Officer
- Industrial Hygienist
- Policy Analyst
- Public Health Sanitarian
- Public Health Specialist
Transfer to Environmental Health Sciences
Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Also: Any combination of at least two courses equivalent to the following Purdue courses — CHM 11500, CHM 11600, BIOL 11000, BIOL 11100, MA 16010, or a calculus-based physics course, with a minimum grade of C in each course.
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