BSPH in Environmental Health Science

Protecting Human Health and the Environment

The natural and built environment impacts human health – from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the places we live and work.

Our curriculum integrates prevention strategies, global health, sustainability and health, and preparing for and responding to emergencies. 

This degree prepares students to:

  • Begin a career in health protection and injury and disease prevention;
  • Apply to advanced degree programs in public health and related fields; and, 
  • Prepare for further training in medicine or other clinical fields. 

Join us in protecting human health, both at home and abroad. 

The Environmental Health Science program helped me find occupational health and safety in the vast field of public health. This degree opened up a large pool of employment; endless career progression; and a nice balance of office and field work.

Jeffrey Anthony, BSPH Environmental Health Science '16

Faculty

Faculty in the Environmental Health Science (EHS) Department are working to solve the current problems facing human health and the environment. Research is focused on preventing people from being sick, injured or killed at work; providing safe drinking water; preventing infectious disease transmission, like Zika; the impact of climate change on Indianapolis; and the design and management of sustainable consumer products. 

EHS Faculty

Scholarships

The Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP) publishes a list of potential scholarships available to students interested in pursuing careers in environmental health.

Our National Environmental Health, Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC)-accredited program makes you eligible to apply for a nine-week, paid summer internship with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

Curriculum

To complete this degree, you will take a combination of courses in public health, prevention strategies, global health, sustainability and health, and preparing for and responding to emergencies

Students who are interested in this degree are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Services at (317) 274-2000. Our advisors are here to help you. 

Compentencies

Upon completing this degree, you will be able to:

  • Describe a framework to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, prevent, and control environmental exposures.
  • Use analytical tools and methods to characterize and address environmental health issues.
  • Practice critical thinking to characterize and address environmental health issues.
  • Acquire experience in communicating effectively with diverse stakeholders – both written and oral, public and interpersonal, professional and technical – on environmental health issues.
  • Classify human health effects of environmental exposures.
  • Identify barriers to health equity related to environmental health.

Admissions Criteria

Direct Admissions Criteria

  • Must have an SAT score of at least 1080
  • Must Have a high school GPA of at least 3.0

Intercampus Transfer

  • Must have earned a 2.5 undergraduate cumulative and previous semester GPA.
  • Must maintain at least a 2.5 semester and cumulative grade point average (GPA) to remain in good academic standing and graduate from this program.

Ivy Tech Transfers

  • Please e-mail Leah Jansen at lwissel@iupui.edu

Internships and Research Opportunities

Environmental Health Science majors are required to complete 240 hours of internship experience. This connects you to the community and is an excellent way to gain work experience and professional networks to launch your career. 

Career Options

Environmental public health professionals are in high demand from a wide variety of employers including pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and manufacturing companies. Other employers include government agencies like the CDC, and non-profits.

  • Built Environment (home, office, school, hospital)
    • Asthma Educator
    • Environmental Health Scientist
    • Environmental Quality Manager
    • Indoor Air Quality Specialist
    • Integrated Pest Manager
    • Lead/Asbestos Inspector
  • Food Safety
    • Food Safety Officer
    • Foodborne Disease Investigator  
    • Food Safety Scientist
    • Inspector
    • Lobbyist
    • Private Consultant
  • Workplace Safety
    • Industrial Hygienist
    • Occupational Safety and Health Manager
    • Private Consultant
    • Risk Manager
    • Safety Specialist
  • Emergency Planning & Response
    • Emergency Manager
    • Emergency Responder
  • Air, Land, and Water Pollution
    • Air/Water Quality Specialist
    • Drinking Water and Ground Water Specialist
    • Environmental Health Scientist
    • Environmental Toxicologist
    • Field Monitoring Technician
    • Hazardous Waste Specialist
    • Land Pollution Manager
    • Lobbyist
    • Planner
    • Remediation Specialist
    • Solid Waste Specialist
    • Sustainability Manager