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Environmental Public Health

Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, are expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists.*

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Environmental Public Health focuses on the relationships between people and their environment. It promotes human health and well-being; and fosters healthy and safe communities. Environmental health is a key part of any comprehensive public health system.

The field works to advance policies and programs to reduce chemical and other environmental exposures in air, water, soil and food to protect people and provide communities with healthier environments.

Practitioners in the field also work towards strategies and education that prevent widespread transmission of communicable and other diseases.

This major has no special requirements. Any day student in good academic standing may enroll.

*View the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Environmental Scientists and Specialists (visited April 29, 2019).

Required Courses

EPH2000 Public Health in the United States 3 cr.
EPH2010 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3 cr.
EPH3000 Environmental Health 3 cr.
EPH3050 Evaluation methods in Public Health 3 cr.
GEOG1000 Earth Systems Science OR 3 cr.
GEOG2003 Environmental Geology  
GEOG1100 Principles of Human Geography 3 cr.
POLS 3650
Environmental Policy 3 cr.
GEOG3300 Urban Geography 3 cr.
GEOG4000 Geographic Information Systems 3 cr.
GEOG4500 Remote Sensing of the Environment 3 cr.
GEOG4900 Independent study in Geography OR 3 cr.
GEOG4940 Internship in Geography  

Required Cognates

BIOL1200 A&P I 4 cr.
BIOL1300 A&P II 4 cr.
BIOL2700 Medical Microbiology 4 cr.
EXSS2400 Health Promotion OR 3 cr.
NURS2300 Health Assessment  
HIST2022 Constructing History OR 3 cr.
HIST2140 Economic History OR  
HIST3710 Urban America  
SOC2440 Urban Sociology 3 cr.
SOC2720 Medical Sociology 3 cr.
PHIL 2001 Medical Ethics OR 3 cr.
PHIL 2500 Contemporary Ethical Problems OR  
PSY2350 Abnormal Psychology  
PSY2665 Health Psychology 3 cr.

Required LA&S

CHEM1200 Chemistry for Health Sciences 4 cr.
GEOG2400 Intro to Geospatial Technology 3 cr.
EXSS1000 Health and Fitness 3 cr.
HIST2056 Climate Change and Human History OR 3 cr.
HIST2021 Reading Historical Landscapes OR  
HIST2650 Young America OR  
HIST3900 Frontier in American History 3 cr.
MATH1700 Applied Statistics 3 cr.
PSY1100 Introduction to Psychology 3 cr.
SOC1100 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr.
ECON1100 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 cr.
ECON2010 Political Economy of Gender OR 3 cr.
ECON2500 Economic Development OR  
GEOG3000 Geographic Economic System  
POLS1000 US Government 3 cr.
POLS3000 Public Policy Analysis 3 cr.