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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.

Likely Careers

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

Administering Department:
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


More information

Program Website

EH Undergraduate Coordinator
206-543-4207
ehug@uw.edu


Upon satisfactory completion of the BS in Environmental Health, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the Generic Learning Objectives for the Undergraduate degree;
  • 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.