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Environmental Health Sciences

College of Public Health

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Bachelor of Science in Public Health 
Concentration: Environmental Health Sciences

PREPARE for an EXCITING CAREER in 

Environmental and Occupational Health!

The job outlook is Very Good for environmental and occupational health and safety specialists with salaries ranging from $45,000 - $113,000. (Source: explorehealthcareers.org)  

Our Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) concentration in Environmental Health Sciences is specifically designed to prepare students for careers in environmental and occupational health.  The curriculum covers all of the content areas included in the registered sanitarian board exam. Environmental and occupation specialists work in local, state, federal and international health organizations, academic institutions and private industry.

This concentration is ideal for students with an interest in the scientific aspects of public health, particularly biology, chemistry, physics, and geology.  Field and laboratory experiences are incorporated into the curriculum to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities.

Courses cover key environmental health areas:
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Vector-borne & Zoonotic Diseases
  • Built Environment
  • Institutional & Recreational Facilities
  • Air, Water, Food, Wastewater, Soil, Hazardous Waste, & Toxicology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Administration and Enforcement of Health & Safety Laws
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology
Top Notch Faculty

The director of our BSPH Environmental Health Sciences concentration, Chuck Hart, PhD, CIH, CSP, RS, brings over 35 years of professional and academic experience working as an EHS Director at two universities, a former County Health Commissioner and Environmental Health Director, a former Sanitarian, an environmental health consultant, and Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences.  Dr. Hart uses his vast network of colleagues in both the public and private sectors to expose students to real-world situations and internships.  He also serves on the Ohio State Board of Sanitarian Registration and is able to guide students through the process of becoming credentialed as an environmental and occupational health specialist.

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Incoming students APPLY HERE.  

Current Kent Students

This concentration requires competency in biology, geology, chemistry and physics.  To learn more about courses and degree requirements, contact Dr. Charles Hart, PhD, CIH, CSP, RS, Associate Professor of Environmental Health, 330-672-6519, or chart18@kent.edu. To discuss degree planning, course scheduling and transfer of credits, contact a Public Health adviser, 330-672-6500 or SCHEDULE AN ADVISING APPOINTMENT.

FAQ about the B.S.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences

Can I still apply to med school (or dental school or pharmacy school)?


Yes. Many of the science courses required of the Environmental Health Sciences concentration are included in the MCAT, PCAT and DAT and are also required by most professional medical schools.  You can work with your advisor to better understand these standardized admissions tests and individual professional school prerequisites.

Why wouldn’t I just major in biological, chemical or geological sciences?

Pursuing medical or scientific research careers require post-bachelor’s level education.  Earning a bachelor’s degree with career specific skills in Environmental Health Sciences prepares students with entry-level career options, as well as further education in graduate or professional medical programs.  Graduate and professional medical schools are extremely competitive and not all who apply will be admitted. Earning a B.S.P.H. keeps the door open for other career pathways.  For instance a student with a B.S.P.H. is eligible for Sanitarian In Training (SIT) positions, leading to licensure as a Sanitarian in the State of Ohio.

What is the GPA requirement for the Environmental Health Sciences concentration?

Students must earn and maintain a 2.0, however proficiency in the sciences is required for the Registered Sanitarian Exam.

What kinds of jobs could I get upon earning my B.S. in Public Health?

Many of the job postings and internship opportunities sent to the College of Public Health are for graduates of environmental health programs.  They come from health departments, governmental regulatory agencies, university laboratories, and private industry.  Here is a sample of job titles posted in the past few months: Chemical Safety Officer/Laboratory Safety Advisor ($66,000/yr.), Sanitarian in Training ($19/hr.), Health and Safety Risk Engineer ($41,000) , Industrial Hygienist ($58,000/yr.)

How do I go about switching my major/concentration to the Public Health/EHS?

If you are already a College of Public Health undergraduate student, you can let your Academic Advisor know of your interest.  Advisors can be reached by calling 330-672-6500 or email them.
If you are a Kent State University student in another major outside the College of Public Health, you can call, 330-672-6500 or email or schedule an appointment with a Public Health Academic Advisor to discuss your options.

What kinds of classes would I take in the Environmental Health Sciences concentration?

All students earning the B.S.P.H. concentrating in Environmental Health Sciences will complete the Kent Core (sciences, math, English, etc.) and Public Health Core ( covering global health, social and behavioral sciences, health policy, biostatistics, epidemiology, health disparities, capstone.)  In addition they will take the Environmental Health Sciences concentration requirements (epidemiology, occupational health & safety; vector-borne & zoonotic diseases; built environment institutional & recreational facilities; air, water, food, wastewater, soil, hazardous waste and toxicology; risk assessment; administration & enforcement of health & safety laws.)Refer to the 2013-14 Catalog for a list of the specific degree requirements and a semester-by-semester Road Map.  Check the Schedule of Classes if you want detailed information about Environmental Health Sciences course content.
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