In the Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Health, students learn to identify, prevent, and control environmental factors that threaten human health. Students choose one of three interest areas: biomedical sciences, health and environmental sciences, or environmental public health practice. The coursework introduces students to basic principles of environmental health regulation, environmental sampling, microbiology, epidemiology, toxicology and risk assessment. The program prepares students for admission to graduate programs and professional programs such as medical school. Graduates are also prepared for direct entry into careers such as Environmental Health Specialist, Occupational Health and Safety Manager, and Public Health Adviser.
To earn a degree from our department, students must demonstrate the required skills and knowledge detailed on the SPH Degree Competencies page.
The program is accredited by the: National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council
The University of Washington has offered undergraduate education in environmental health since 1947. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health, students should be able to:
- Define current environmental health needs and problems for the community;
- Implement environmental health changes through application of technical, legal and behavioral knowledge and skills;
- Provide comprehensive solutions to environmental problems;
- Recognize and become involved in opportunities for gaining public support for environmental health changes; and
- Understand organizational structures in order to work effectively and efficiently within the boundaries of any agency to promote internal functioning.