Environmental Public Health
Do you have a strong interest in science and concern for public health and the environment? Would you like to be responsible for protecting us from biological, chemical and physical hazards that exist in our human environment? This major prepares you for employment in regulatory agencies, industries or consulting firms concerned with environmental quality and protection. You’ll learn how you can play an important role in the reduction and elimination of environmental health hazards as well as preserving and improving environmental factors for optimum health, safety, comfort and well-being. If this sounds like a perfect match then a degree in Environmental and Public Health is the major for you.
Well trained, well paid
ENPH Program provides the education and training to have graduates earn
starting salary + benefit packages of $45-65,000/year. Personable and caring faculty, paid internships and faculty-student research opportunities all help to make our graduates very competitive in the job market.
Top ranked program
UW-Eau Claire offers the only accredited undergraduate environmental health program in the Midwest, accreditation is by the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). It's one of only 30 accredited programs in the country. The placement rate for graduates of the ENPH program at UW-Eau Claire is 100%.
Great facilities and faculty
Students have access to excellent laboratories with equipment used in environmental public health. The program has many practical and hands on learning opportunities such as paid internships, job shadowing and extensive field work. In addition, all classes include computer supported instruction using the innovative Desire 2 Learn system. You will learn from outstanding faculty, including a practicing veterinarian, an industrial hygienist called in to respond to 9/11, and a Fulbright Scholar. ENPH is part of the Watershed Institute.
Students can participate in campus organizations such as the National Environmental Health Association and the Conservationists to further explore their interests.
Ideal for pre-professionals
The Environmental Public Health major meets all basic science requirements to enter the pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, pre-dentistry, or pre-optometry programs.
All undergraduate environmental public health majors complete a core of course work in biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, and English.
Suggested freshman curriculum
- Intro to Environmental
- Chemical Principles
- Essentials of Cell
Biology and Genetics
- Seminar in Critical
Reading and Writing
- General electives
- Environmental Toxicology
and Risk Management
- Occupational Safety
- Water and Wastewater
More advising information
Work for local, state or federal health-related regulatory agencies. Work as an industrial environmental
sanitarian or quality control specialist in food processing plants. Work for major insurance companies, industries, or environmental consulting firms dealing with safety, industrial hygiene, hazardous waste or environmental monitoring.
More career information
Places you’ll find recent graduates:
- Consumer Safety
USDA, Madison, WI
- Environmental Technician,
Institute for Environmental
Brooklyn Park, MN
Department contact information
Special admission notesIt is essential that a first year student start the biology and chemistry sequence as early as possible. Because biology, chemistry and physics classes are demanding and time-consuming, a student should not schedule more than two courses with a required laboratory during the first year. A first year student would be well served to complete the English composition requirement and the Introductory Environmental Health course during the first or second semester.
It is important to meet with advisors in the ENPH program to plan out coursework to get the most out of the program based on student goals and interests. In addition, meeting with advisors is important in completing the required internship most often taken between the junior and senior year.