Undergraduate program

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health

The University of Washington’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health is a great fit for students who love science and are passionate about using their scientific skills to address human health issues related to the built and natural environments.

Environmental Health is designated as a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by the US Department of Homeland Security. This applied science program provides professional training for the next generation of Environmental Public Health practitioners. From water quality to workplace safety, environmental health majors are engaged in problem-solving to keep communities safe and healthy. A list of degree competencies is available here

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This program is one of only 29 undergraduate programs in the U.S. accredited by the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).

Interested in an MS or PhD degree? You may qualify for in-state tuition if you reside in one of 16 Western states and territories. Learn more

Current student profile

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Bruk Molla

Bruk Molla is gaining the skills he'll need to address occupational and environmental hazards in marginalized communities, particularly for immigrants and their families.

Alumni profile

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Ali Everhart,

Ali Everhart uses the knowledge and experience she gained as an Environmental Health major to provide environmental and public health services to fifteen tribes throughout southwest Alaska.

Hands-on experience

Environmental Health is an applied science. Students are required to complete a 400-hour internship as part of the program. Students also have the opportunity to work with faculty in research labs.

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After graduation

Graduates are prepared to enter graduate and professional programs such as medical school. Many students go directly to work, starting their careers as Environmental Health Specialists, Occupational Health and Safety Managers, Public Health Advisers and more.

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Paid research opportunities for underrepresented students

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the largest research agencies dedicated to improving human health, has a funded opportunity for underrepresented students at UW to conduct environmental health science-related research alongside faculty in the School of Public Health. 

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