BSPH in Environmental Public Health

Under the BSPH degree, environmental health science can be strategically blended with courses from the earth sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences to form a relatively unique interdisciplinary undergraduate specialization in Environmental Public Health. This program will provide a broad pre-professional foundation covering basic and applied science and math relative to sources of contaminants from and fate in air, water, soil, and food and the related aspects of human exposure and impact.

Environmental Public Health Specialization Competencies

  • Apply principles of math, chemistry, biology to applied science of environmental public health.
  • Summarize major sources, hazardous agents, conditions, and other exposure factors that contribute to environmentally-related human diseases.
  • Describe how the quality of environmental media (air, water, soil, food) is adversely affected by contamination from chemical, biological and physical agents.
  • Apply theory to environmental public health issues identified within indoor/outdoor and occupational/non-occupational settings.
  • Analyze and interpret fundamental statistical, epidemiological, and environmental monitoring/surveillance, and risk assessment data.
  • Summarize management and technical measures and approaches that control human exposure to environmental contaminants.
  • Identify regulations, policies, standards and guidelines applicable to the quality of air, water, soil and food and the prevention of environmentally-related human exposures and diseases.

Career Opportunities

Though many students go straight on to a graduate program in public health, to medical school, pharmacy school, or other graduate degree programs, entry-level jobs for BSPH graduates are available. Some options include:

  • Doing consulting work related to disease prevention
  • Working at a company that does health communication and health marketing
  • Responding to calls at a West Nile virus hotline
  • Serving as a program assistant with an international health organization

Some take advantage of government programs to gain more experience such as serving in the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps, or participating in a CDC training fellowship. There are also positions specific to environmental public health such as:

  • Environmental research analyst
  • Environmental specialist.  

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