Environmental Health Science

College of Health Sciences
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Degree Options

  • B.S. in Environmental Health Science
  • Minor in Environmental Health Science
  • MPH in Public Health

Who Would be Interested in Environmental Health Science?

  • Students interested in careers in public health and occupational health related fields
  • Students who enjoy biology, chemistry and math
  • Students interested in improving the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat
  • Students wanting a rewarding career protecting human health by controlling environmental hazards

Why Environmental Health Science?

Degree Benefits

  • EKU boasts the nation's premier environmental health science program and is the second largest of only 31 accredited programs in the U.S.
  • More than 95% of students seeking employment find jobs either before they graduate or within two months of graduating with average salaries in the $45,000 to $50,000 range.

Learn from the Best

  • Distinguished faculty in this Department sets this program apart from all others, with each professor having a minimum of 10 years professional work experience in field practice, multiple professional licenses, certifications and registrations.
  • Faculty hold or have held the highest offices in their respective national organizations and are authors of numerous textbooks used in higher education/and field practice.

Internship Opportunities

  • All students are required to fulfill an internship requirement (EHS 463) during their senior year.
  • Internship opportunities are with industry, health departments, environmental consulting companies, universities, hospitals, federal and state agencies.
  • These are paying internships, generally completed during the summer in the areas of public health and industrial hygiene and safety.
  • As an example, during Summer 2012, students interned in Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Washington, Colorado, Texas and of course several in Kentucky.

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?

Students may select Environmental Health Science upon applying to the university.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Marathon Oil in Ohio, Texas and Georgia
  • Georgia Pacific in North Carolina and Georgia
  • Numerous local/district health departments in Kentucky and surrounding states
  • EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Agency)
  • FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
  • Indian Health Services
  • Truland in Washington, D.C.
  • Boeing in Seattle, Washington
  • Toyota in Kentucky
  • Owens Corning in Texas

How Do I Get More Information?

(859) 622-3078

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

  • The Exxon/Creighton Annual Scholarship ($500)
  • NEHA Annual Scholarship ($1,000)
  • KAMFES Annual Scholarship ($2,000)
  • SAFE Annual Scholarship ($1,000)
  • AEHAP Annual Scholarship ($1,000)
  • AFDO Annual Scholarship ($1,500)