In public health, we do not study environment for the environment’s sake – we study environment to protect and promote human health, especially the most vulnerable among us. Environment includes the natural or ambient environment, like the air we breathe, the water we drink; the built environment, like homes and schools and infrastructure that comprise our neighborhoods; and the work environment, like the factories and offices where we spend so much of our time.
Environmental health is about prevention – intervening before people get sick or injured. We do this through a framework of anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of natural and man-made exposures to physical, chemical, biological, and psychosocial hazards.
Our degree programs
We offer the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programs in Environmental Health Science. The EHS MPH offers specialized courses in environmental health protection, occupational health protection, hazardous materials management, injury prevention, and product stewardship.
We have a creative, engaged faculty that will bring a global perspective to your learning – among us, we have lived and studied in Spain, China, India, Colombia, and the US. Our expertise centers around drinking water quality, the health effects of air pollution, environmental epidemiology, application of remote sensing technologies to controlling infectious diseases, and the prevention of work-related injury and illness. We care deeply about the health of the population of Indiana, the Midwest, and beyond.
The employment outlook for EHS professionals is excellent, and graduates typically find jobs in government agencies, industry, consultancies, and non-profit organizations.
By example, MPH graduates from our Environmental Health Protection track may go on to work for the US EPA or the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to combat air pollution or ensure safe drinking water. Graduates from our Occupational Health Protection track may work for pharmaceutical, petrochemical, or manufacturing companies to protect workers from chemical exposures or noisy industrial processes. Our BSPH graduates may enter directly into the environmental health workforce, go on to advanced studies in public health protection, or take their unique perspective to the health care professions.
We work to give our students the strongest academic preparation and real world experience to help ensure outstanding career opportunities where you can do the most good, delivering applied problem solving to some of the most complex environmental health problems.