Career pathways in Environmental Health

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Prepare for careers in the private sector, health care, government or pre-med and graduate school

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Our Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health program is your pathway to careers in public health, health care, occupational safety and environmental health. This versatile STEM degree paves the way for careers with highly competitive salaries.

Graduate job-ready after completing up to 400 hours of practical work experience through structured student internships, with opportunities for internship placements at the local, state or national levels. Along the way, you'll have the support of a dedicated career counselor, networking opportunities and skill-building workshops.

Many graduates go directly to work, starting careers as environmental health specialists, workplace safety managers, public health consultants and policy advisers. Others enter graduate or professional programs, including medical school.

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The growing field of environmental public health encompasses everything from emergency preparedness to food safety to infectious disease prevention and control. Our alumni work at Public Health--Seattle & King County and other public health departments; the Washington State Department of Health and other state agencies; the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal departments; and in the private and nonprofit sectors. Career opportunities in this field are projected to grow rapidly, with an average salary of $78,440.

 

Environmental health and safety course options

 

Our current students

Natalie Peterson

Natalie Peterson

Protecting health in the Great Plains.

Our recent alumni

Ali Everhart

Ali Everhart

Providing environmental and public health services to tribes in SW Alaska.

Graduates who specialize in occupational health and safety enter a growing field that ensures workers remain safe on the job. Our alumni work for public employers, such as the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, and for private employers, including Amazon, Boeing and Starbucks. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects above-average growth in this field, with an average salary of $77,110.

 

Occupational health course options

 

Our current students

Abhyjot Pandher

Abhyjot Pandher

Protecting Washington workers in the pandemic.

Our recent alumni

Yasmin Everson

Yasmin Everson

Combining workplace safety and public health at Amazon.

The Environmental Health degree prepares students to pursue health care careers in fields including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and nursing. Our graduates attend medical programs at the University of Washington, the University of California, San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University and other top-rated schools. They provide health care to patients and communities ranging from farmworkers to veterans to expectant parents.

 

Pre-med and graduate program course options

Most of our foundational science courses serve as elective requirements for Environmental Health as well as fulfilling prerequisite requirements for professional programs such as Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry. Please refer to the UW's pre-health website for a full list of recommended courses.

  • PHYS 116/119
  • CHEM 239/242
  • MATH125
  • BIOC 405/406

 

Our current students

Bruk Molla

Bruk Molla

Tackling health disparities.

Our recent alumni

Ryan Kouchakji

Ryan Kouchakji

From environmental health to medical school.

 

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