Environmental Health and Safety

B.A., B.S. Degree

Accredited by the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC), Environmental Health & Safety is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students through academic coursework, laboratory and internship experiences for a career as an environmental health officer. Graduates of this program will work to ensure public health and safety in a variety of domestic and international roles.

Work areas are diverse and include:

  • epidemiological surveillance
  • disease prevention
  • occupational safety
  • industrial hygiene
  • food safety
  • water quality
  • recreational safety
  • injury prevention and education
  • emergency preparedness

Environmental health officers protect the public from environmental threats and help communities recover from natural disasters.

Adapted from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

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An Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Specialist

A professional who protects human health and the environment by overseeing compliance with local, state, and federal environmental health and safety regulations. This interdisciplinary program prepares students for a variety of careers in areas related to Environmental Public Health, Environmental Protection, and Occupational Health and Safety. Responsibilities of an EH&S Specialist include: developing written programs and training to comply with regulations; conducting inspections to ensure compliance with regulations; collecting and analyzing air, water, or soil samples for environmental hazards; and investigating EH&S concerns. The EH&S major is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Only students enrolled in accredited programs are eligible for National Environmental Health Association and federal EH&S scholarships and internships. Graduating from an accredited program ensures the specific standards needed to become a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) and is essential for employment in federal agencies including the U.S. Public Health Service. Interested students should meet with the Environmental Health and Safety Program Director, Dr. Rebecca Uzarski, as early as possible to assist with course scheduling and discuss career opportunities.