Our undergraduate Environmental Health Sciences program was re-accredited by
the 'National Environmental Health and Protection Accreditation Council'
in 2012. Both it and our Graduate Programs offer interdisciplinary environmental
training for students majoring in biology, chemistry and earth sciences.
A wide range of expertise exists in the environmental faculty. They direct
active research programs that provide students practical training in
current techniques addressing applied environmental problems. Our graduates
enjoy the benefits of an excellent education and have an excellent first-time
pass rate on the State of Ohio Registered Sanitarian examination. Employers
report very favorably on our interns' and graduates' job performance.
Our students are employed in public health, industrial hygiene/hazardous
materials management, water/air quality protection, and other areas.
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health
Science are broadly educated for work in Public Health, Industrial Hygiene
or Environmental Protection. A field internship program, operated in
cooperation with participating environmental health agencies or industries,
gives students an opportunity to gain practical work experience. Students
should consult with their advisor when planning a program to ensure it
meets their needs and interests. A grade of C or above is required in
each course used to fulfill the Environmental Health Sciences Core, required
supporting courses in basic sciences and mathematics, environmental specialty
courses, and supporting electives units of this degree.
Students graduating from
our program get jobs in four primary areas: public health, industrial
hygiene, environmental protection, and natural resource management. Each
of these fields is briefly described below.
The field of public health encompasses those responsibilities
of scientists who help ensure a healthful environment for general public
under the public health statutes. Specifically, the duties of public
health officials include community health and epidemiology, restaurant
and swimming pool inspections, hazard protection (e.g. asbestos), vector
control, proper operation and maintenance of public and private drinking
water supplies, and sewage treatment plants. These individuals are usually
employed by a state, county, or local health department.
The field of industrial hygiene encompasses those responsibilities
of scientists working in industrial settings who help ensure a healthful
environment for employees. Specifically, the duties include measuring
employee exposure to hazards, evaluating those exposures, and where appropriate,
recommending procedures to reduce risks resulting from exposures. Reducing
risk may involve communicating information about risks to employees.
Employment opportunities usually are in the environmental consulting
firms, industry, or in government.
The field of environmental protection covers those responsibilities
of scientists who help ensure a healthful environmental for the general
public under the environmental statutes. Specifically, the duties of
environmental protection officials include monitoring air, soil, and
water, plants and animals, assessing impacts that chemicals have on individuals,
populations, or ecosystems, and investigating the sources of those chemicals.
This field also can involve managing hazardous wastes. These individuals
are employed by consulting firms, large industries, and government.
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