environmental health sciences

Environmental Health at WCU

Environmental Health Sciences Program

Making the Difference

Environmental health recognizes that our well-being depends upon our social and physical environment, as well as our lifestyle. Put more simply, our health and quality of life depends upon the food we eat, the air we breathe, our work places, and the homes we live in.

The Environmental Health Program is focused on the protection of human health from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in the environment. The program includes an exciting and challenging curriculum of courses in the basic and applied sciences.

Graduates of the department are highly trained scientists and professionals capable of identifying and measuring environmental hazards and effective management and control of those hazards. They pursue careers in the public or private sector as environmental health practitioners (i.e., Registered Environmental Health Specialists or Registered Sanitarians), occupational safety and health professionals (Certified Industrial Hygienists or Certified Safety Professionals), researchers, educators, and managers.

Additionally, environmental health is an excellent "pre-professional degree" for such disciplines as medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, and other healthcare fields.

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