Environmental Health Science

College of Health Sciences
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Degree Options

  • B.S. in Environmental Health Science
  • Minor in Environmental Health Science
  • University Certificate in Environmental Public Health Studies
  • MPH in Public Health, Concentration in Environmental Health Science

Interested in Environmental Health Science?

Environmental Health Science (EHS) is ideal for students strong in math and science, who have a desire to positively impact their community.

EHS is EVERYWHERE and IN DEMAND! EHS is public health, preventative medicine, disease detection, environmental protection and more!

If you want to have a lucrative career in a growing field, this is the program for you!

Why Environmental Health Science?

Degree Benefits

EHS is a huge field with a large variety of career opportunities. There is no shortage of jobs in the field with starting salaries ranging from $40,000-$65,000 depending on the job location.  Private industry usually starts out around $55,000 and above.  There are also a lot of opportunities for students to go to graduate school for free through different grants and fellowship opportunities awarded only to students pursuing EHS or related fields of study.  

Learn from the Best

Faculty accomplishments – Our faculty set the department apart.  Most of our faculty have 10 years or more of EHS work experience prior to coming to academia.  With that experience, students receive a unique, real-world application in the classroom that will better serve them in the profession.  Our faculty put students first and go above and beyond to help students while in the program and even after they graduate.

The EHS program at EKU is one of only 31 accredited programs in the nation and the ONLY accredited program in the state of Kentucky.  We offer one of the largest programs in the nation and it is considered one of the benchmark programs for EHS. 

Internship Opportunities

Internship/co-op opportunities – Our students have incredible internship and Co-Op opportunities all over the United States.  For example, during the summer of 2018, we had students placed in California, Iowa, Michigan, Utah, Kentucky, Ohio and many other states. The majority of internships are PAID and paid very well.  Our students typically come away from internships with a greater understanding and appreciation for the field.  Many also come away with job offers or opportunities to work part-time until graduation.   There were at least 4-5 PAID internship opportunities this past summer that went unfilled because our students had already accepted other opportunities. 

Career Opportunities

  • Approximately 125,000 jobs are listed in the field of environmental health annually for only a few hundred environmental health graduates.
  • Career opportunities are exceptional. The ONLY ROADBLOCK to an incredible career is not being flexible and willing to move. 

Job titles include:

  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Sanitarian
  • Health & Safety Manager
  • Environmental Health Officer

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

All students are eligible to declare EHS as a major as long as they are in good academic standing with the university. 

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

Recent graduates are employed in both the public and the private sector. We have students placed in local and state health departments as well as a number of private industries.

How Do I Get More Information?

Contact the EHS Program Advisor Jamie Hisel at 859-622-7196, via email at jamie.hisel@eku.edu, or stop by Dizney 209. If she is unavailable you can contact the department Administrative Assistant John Wesley at 859-622-3078, via email at john.wesley@eku.edu, or stop by Dizney 220.

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

There are two departmental scholarships awarded each year. 

  • The Joe E Beck Memorial Scholarship
  • The Peter Creighton Environmental Health Science Scholarship. 

There are also multiple outside organizations that provide scholarship opportunities for students in our program.  

There are only 31 accredited Environmental Health Science Programs in the United States.  Our program is the ONLY accredited program in the state of Kentucky, so our students are very competitive when applying for these various EHS scholarships.