Skip to: Main Content Search Main Navigation Audience Navigation

Environmental Health Science

About the Program
Environmental health science professionals work as applied scientists to preserve and improve the quality of the environment and safety of the workplace. They are problem solvers, seeking ways to protect workers and the community from potential health threats while working within fiscal realities and changing priorities. In addition to a strong background in the physical and biological sciences, they bring an interest in legal, administrative and policy issues to their work.

Majoring in environmental health science (or the related field of industrial hygiene) may be right for you if you want to protect the quality of air, water, shelter and food; are interested in enforcing environmental and public health laws; are concerned with making workers’ jobs as free from hazards as possible; and want to work to ensure a sustainable, high quality of life for future generations.

Graduates work in industry, corporations, insurance companies, food establishments, research facilities and government agencies. Many find employment in health-care settings, including hospitals public health departments, and environmental protection agencies. Still more options exist with public utilities, educational settings, natural resource departments, consulting firms and cruise ships. The program also prepares students for graduate study in public health and other disciplines.

The program provides students with the skills necessary for protecting public health by preventing diseases that are related to water, food, waste, chemicals, radiation and other environmental factors. The curriculum offers a solid foundation in physical and biological sciences, plus hands-on experience using modern equipment and techniques to analyze air and water quality, noise and environmental stressors, food quality and contaminants of all types.

The program includes the study of these topics:

  • Environmental rules and regulations
  • Food safety and vector-borne disease control
  • Solid and hazardous waste management
  • Water and air quality management
  • Bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases

Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (BSEH), and the major fulfills the educational requirements to take the exam for certification as a registered environmental health specialist or registered sanitarian. The program is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council.

Admission requirements for both the Environmental Health Science and Industrial Hygiene programs are the same as those established for admission to Ohio University in general. There are no special prerequisites needed to declare a major in either area. Either major can be designated on the application when applying for admission to Ohio University, and many students declare a dual major in both areas. Current students can request to enter the major by visiting the Student Services Office of the College of Health Sciences and professions at W370 Grover Center.

Overview of Coursework

  • Environmental health and safety risk communication
  • Essentials of industrial hygiene and occupational safety
  • Industrial hygiene sampling and analysis
  • Toxicology for the health sciences
  • Introduction to public health
  • Community health epidemiology
  • Environmental risks and society benefits
  • Introduction to environmental health and safety
  • Public health emergency response

Program Contact

Dr. Michele Morrone
Department of Social and Public Health
Ohio University
W339 Grover Center
Athens, OH 45701-2979