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Public Health, Environmental Health Concentration

Program Description: Environmental health is the branch of public health that is coBS Env Health Conc Image 2015ncerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 initiative (2010), modifiable environmental factors account for around a quarter of disease burden worldwide. Clearly, there is a critical need for a better understanding of the complex relationship between the environment and the health of those living within it. This is where environmental health professionals come in. Public health workers in the field of environmental health conduct research, evaluate environmental risks, respond to emergencies, and make policy and programming recommendations that serve as a foundation within the field of public health.

Career Opportunities in Public Health-Environmental Health: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) found that the 2012 median pay for environmental health specialists was $63,570 with the top 10% earning more than $109,970. With a projected job growth rate of 15%, this field is expected to have 13,200 new job opportunities and 103,200 total positions by 2022. Environmental health professionals are best known for their traditional roles in ensuring safe food, water, air quality, and sanitary conditions. The increase in environmental health threats such as E-Coli outbreaks; the emergence of new global threats such as Ebola, West Nile Virus, SARS, and bio/agro terrorism; and the human health impacts of environmental disasters exemplify the ever-growing need for an educated environmental health workforce.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Environmental Health: This major in public health (reference 521) leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and does not require a minor or second major. The curriculum consists of a core 40-44 hours of course work and an additional 25 hours of course work for the environmental heath concentration.

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For more information contact:

Dr. Grace Lartey

Director, Undergraduate and Master of Public Health Programs

Academic Complex 129D

Phone: 270-745-3941

Email: grace.lartey@wku.edu

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