University of Washington School of Public Health
BS in Environmental Health
Throughout the Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Health, students learn to identify, prevent, and control environmental factors that can damage human health. The program gives the undergraduate student grounding in environmental health sciences and an emphasis in one of three interest areas: Biomedical Sciences, Health & Environmental Science, and Environmental Public Health Practice.
Environmental Health Specialists are employed by a variety of local, state and federal environmental and public health agencies. In addition, some environmental health specialists work in private industry or with consulting firms, or in other public organizations concerned with one or more aspects of human health and safety in the outdoor and indoor environment, including the workplace and home.
At a Glance
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Upon satisfactory completion of the BS in Environmental Health, graduates will be able to:
- Meet the competencies for all SPH degrees;
- Define current environmental health problems;
- Describe, to a lay audience, the role played by environmental health professionals in protecting public health;
- Apply scientific principles and methods to define, quantify and control specific environmental health hazards;
- Describe the legal and administrative framework used to develop and implement environmental health policy at federal, state and local levels;
- Develop comprehensive solutions to environmental problems;
- Implement environmental health changes through application of technical and legal knowledge and skills;
- Through effective written and oral communication, with both lay and technical audiences, promote environmental health values and principles; and
- Apply the principles and procedures of risk assessment and risk management to critically evaluate contemporary environmental health issues.