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Department of Social and Public Health

W324 Grover Center
Athens, OH 45701

Dr. Doug Bolon
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120 Chubb Hall
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Athens, OH 45710

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Environmental Health Sciences  

The environmental health science program provides you with the skills and abilities to prevent disease by managing water, air, food, waste, and other environmental factors. The curriculum offers you a solid foundation in physical and biological sciences, plus hands-on experience in the field using scientific equipment to analyze air and water quality, visits to facilities and sites during field trips, and meetings with environmental professionals.

The following topics are among those you will study:

Environmental rules and regulations

Control of hazardous and toxic substances

Water quality management

Solid and hazardous waste management

Outdoor (ambient) air quality management

Bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases

The major fulfills the educational requirements for professional registration and for admission to a graduate school of public health. This nationally accredited course of study, which awards a bachelor of science in environmental health (BSEH),prepares you for a career in one of the many fields of public health.

Career Opportunities

Environmental and occupational health and safety students focus their studies on factors that might cause or contribute to impaired health of individuals in any environmental setting. The industrial hygiene option deals with industrial hazards and how they affect individuals in the workplace. The environmental health option prepares students for a career in one of the many fields of public health. It also qualifies students to sit for the examination to obtain professional registration as a sanitarian.


Special Features

The Environmental Health program is 1 of only 30 nationally accredited programs.

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College of Health Sciences and Professions

The youngest of Ohio University's academic units, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to about 100 staff and faculty members and 2,500 students. The College was launched in 1979 under the name Health and Human Services, and was renamed in 2010 during an academic realignment that migrated several of its programs to other campus units.

The College began with three schools in 1979 and had grown to include six by the time it was restructured in 2010. Today it includes four academic units: the School of Nursing; School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; and Department of Social and Public Health.

All four are housed in Grover Center, a state-of-the-art facility that underwent an extensive renovation, completed in 2001, that for the first time brought all of the College’s academic programs under one roof.

While the four academic units form its core, the College over the years has branched into outreach initiatives that serve the surrounding community while providing valuable practical experience for students. These include WellWorks nutrition and fitness center; Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy clinics; Atrium Café; and Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.