BSPH in EHS Curriculum

BSPH – EHS Curriculum

This curriculum applies to students who began the BSPH in Community Health prior to March 2018.

This degree prepares students to begin a career in health protection and injury/disease prevention; to apply to advanced degree programs in public health and related fields; or to prepare for further training the clinical health professions. With careful planning, this curriculum meets the basic science requirements for many of the clinical health professional programs at Indiana University, including medicine; these requisite courses vary by program and are subject to revision, so always check with the admissions officer of the professional program you are interested in pursuing.

The following degree requirements are required of all students majoring in Environmental Health Science and are admitted to Indiana University beginning with fall 2017. Students who are returning to the Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) after a leave of absence but have not enrolled in classes for three or more consecutive years will be required to follow these degree requirements.

 Some courses in the major are not offered each semester. Students should contact the Office of Student Services (278-0753) in the FSPH for advising information, the course rotation, and to ensure that they will meet graduation requirements. 

The BSPH in Environmental Health Science is accredited by the Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. Students enrolled in this major are eligible for special scholarship and internship opportunities. For more information, contact your academic advisor in the Department of Environmental Health Science.  

  • General Education Courses

    Take 20 courses for a total of 65 credits

    Core Communication

    Take 3 courses for a total of 9 credits

    • COMM R110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 credits)
    • ENG W131 Reading, Writing and Inquiry (3 credits)
    • ENG W231 Professional Writing Skills (3 credits)
    • ENG W270 Argumentative Writing (3 credits)

    Cultural Understanding

    Take 1 course for a total of 3 credits

    Social Sciences

    Take 2 courses for a total of 6 credits

    Arts & Humanities

    Take 1 course for a total of 3 credits

    Life and Physical Sciences

    Take 11 courses for a total of 38 credits

    • BIOL K101 Concepts of Biology I (5 credits) AND
      BIOL K103 Concepts of Biology II (5 credits)
    • BIOL N217 Human Physiology (5 credits) AND
      BIOL N261 Human Anatomy (5 credits)
    • BIOL N251 Introduction to Microbiology (3 credits)
    • CHEM C105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHEM C125 Experimental Chemistry I Lab (2 credits)
    • CHEM C106 Principles of Chemistry II (3 credits)
    • CHEM C126 Experimental Chemistry II Lab (2 credits)
    • CHEM C341 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHEM C343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2 credits)
    • PHYS P201 General Physics I (5 credits)
    • PHYS P202 General Physics II (5 credits)

    Analytical Reasoning

    Select 1 course from each category for a total of 6 credits

    Choose 1 Technology course

    • CSCI N201 Programming Concepts (3 credits)
    • CSCI N207 Data Analysis Using Spreadsheets (3 credits)
    • CSCI N211 Introduction to Databases (3 credits)
    • CSCI N301 Fundamentals of Computer Science Concepts (3 credits)

    Choose 1 Mathematics course

    • MATH 16500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (3 credits)
    • MATH 22100 Calculus for Technology 1 (3 credits)
    • MATH 23100 Calculus for the Life Sciences 1 (3 credits)
  • Environmental Health Science Requirements

    15 courses for a total of 49 credits

    Foundations and Methods

    11 courses for a total of 34 credits

    Public Health Fundamentals - All of the following courses

    • PBHL A316 Environmental Health Science (3 credits)
    • PBHL B300 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
    • PBHL E322 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • PBHL H202 Impact of Health Policy in Social and Environmental Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL S315 Community Health (3 credits)

    Health Protection Fundamentals - All of the following courses

    • PBHL A300 Prevention Strategies to Improve Population Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL A410 Fundamentals of Toxicology (3 credits)
    • PBHL A300 Injury Prevention (3 credits)
    • PBHL A300 Humans in Extreme Environments (3 credits)
    • PBHL A400 Public Health Applications of Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
    • PBHL A300 Exposure Assessment Laboratory & Data Analysis (4 credits)


    4 courses for a total of 12 credits

    Cornerstones of Health Protection Practice - One of the following courses

    • PBHL A433 Occupational Health and Safety (3 credits)
    • PBHL A428 Public Health Sanitation (3 credits)
    • PBHL A400 Terrorism as a Public Health Threat (3 credits)

    Contemporary Global Health Issues - One of the following courses

    • PBHL A400 Energy, Climate Change, Resilience, and Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL A400 Global Environment Health and Sustainable Development (3 credits)
    • PBHL A400 Food and Water: Safety, Scarcity, Security (3 credits)

    Sustainability and Human Health - One of the following courses

    • PBHL A400 E-waste, Toxic Materials, and Conflict Minerals (3 credits)
    • PBHL A400 High Cost of Fashion: Environmental Hazards and Cheap Labor (3 credits)

    Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies - One of the following courses

    • PBHL A400 Explosions, Collapses, and Toxic Spills: Prevention and Response (3 credits)
    • PBHL A400 Armed Conflict, Natural Disasters, and Health (3 credits)


    1 course for a total of 3 credits

    • PBHL A380 Environmental Health Science Internship (3 credits)
  • Recommended Electives
    • PBHL A100 Environment and Human Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL A100 Regional Cultures and Mortality (3 credits)
    • CHEM C342 Organic Chemistry Lecture II (3 credits
    • CHEM C344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2 credits)
    • BIOL K483 Biological Chemistry (3 credits)
    • BIOL K322 Genetics and Molecular Biology (3 credits)
    • BIOL K324 Cell Biology (3 credits)
    • BIOL K338 Introductory Immunology (3 credits)
    • BUS X204 Business Communications (3 credits)
    • COMM C223 Business and Professional Communication (3 credits)
    • COMM C380 Organizational Communication (3 credits)
    • EMER E201 Emergency Medical Tech – Basic (6 credits)
    • ENG W290 Writing in the Arts and Sciences (3 credits)
    • SOC R121 Social Problems (3 credits)
    • SOC R317 Sociology Of Work (3 credits)
    • SOC R425 Gender and Work (3 credits)
    • SOC R478 Formal Organizations (3 credits)
    • SHRS W361 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits)
    • TCM 220 Technical Report Writing (3 credits)
    • TCM 320 Written Communication in Science and Industry (3 credits)

    Other public health courses
    Other biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics courses
    Other writing, communications, or foreign language courses
    Other social science courses

    Degree Electives: A minimum 114 credit hours (65 credit hours General Education + 49 credit hours Environmental Health Science) of required courses are listed for this curriculum. In addition, students must take a sufficient number of elective courses to total a minimum of 120 credit hours. We have provided some recommended electives above; please discuss elective courses with your academic advisor.