Minor in Environmental Health Sciences

Discover the Environmental Public Health Minor

The minor in environmental health science is designed to introduce students to selected aspects of current thinking on the nature, causes, and solutions of environmental public health problems. After completing the initial survey course on environmental health (PBHL-A 316), students select two courses from the Health Protection Fundamentals list, followed by two courses from the Applications list.

Eligibility and Application Procedure

  1. Students enrolled in baccalaureate programs at Indiana University or other accredited colleges or universities who are in good academic standing may pursue the minor in environmental health science. 
  1. Public Health students majoring in Environmental Health Science are not eligible for this minor. 
  1. Students must declare their intention to receive a minor by completing an application, which is available online or at the Fairbanks School of Public Health Student Services. Students may also contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor at 317-278-0753 for the application or if they have questions. This application should be completed at the same time the student completes an application for graduation for the baccalaureate degree. 
  1. Students who successfully complete the requirements for the Environmental Health Science minor with a 2.0 GPA or above for all courses credited to the minor will have the minor conferred with their degree. 

NOTE: Some courses listed below are not offered every semester – students should check with the Undergraduate Academic Advisor to determine scheduling of specific courses. Students should discuss their elective course selection with an EHS faculty member. Course substitutions and course waivers must be approved by the faculty advisor.

Minor Requirements (5 courses, 15 credit hours)

Complete this course first:

  • PBHL-A 316 Environmental Health Science (3 credits)

Elective courses: Health Protection Fundamentals (Select two from the following list)
Complete these courses next

  • PBHL-A 310 Exposure Assessment Laboratory & Data Analysis (4 credits)
  • PBHL-A 320 Prevention Strategies to Improve Population Health (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 325 Injury Prevention (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 330 Humans in Extreme Environments (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 404 Public Health Applications of Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 410 Fundamentals of Toxicology (3 credits)

Elective courses: Applications (Select two from the following list)
Complete these courses last

  • PBHL-A 433 Occupational Health and Safety (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 428 Public Health Sanitation (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 440 Terrorism as a Public Health Threat (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 435 Energy, Climate Change, Resilience, and Health (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 445 Global Environmental Health and Sustainable Development (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 450 Food and Water: Safety, Scarcity, Security (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 430 E-waste, Toxic Materials, and Conflict Minerals (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 425 High Cost of Fashion: Environmental Hazards and Cheap Labor (3 credits)
  • PBHL-A 415 Explosions, Collapses, and Toxic Spills: Prevention and Response (3 credits)  
  • PBHL-A 420 Armed Conflict, Natural Disasters, and Health