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Public Health and Environmental Studies Majors and Minors

Pursuing a degree in public health and environmental studies means you are joining a group of dedicated and passionate students and faculty from across various disciplines. Our focus on sustainability, the environment and public health connects us all in a collaborative effort to make a positive impact in our community and beyond.

The public health and environmental studies department offers the following programs:

  1. Environment, Society, and Culture Program type: Minor Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Gain critical skills and a deeper understanding of how environmental issues impact society — and what you can do to make a difference — with our environment, society, and culture minor.

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  2. Environmental Public Health, BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Our EHAC-accredited environmental public health program will teach you about the biological, chemical and physical hazards that exist in our environment and what you can do to help. With the growing world population and climate change, environmental public health majors are in high demand.

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  3. Environmental Science Program type: Minor Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Explore biological diversity, sustainability and environmental conservation — and how you can make a difference in our world — with a minor in environmental science.

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  4. Master of Public Health, MPH Program type: Graduate Program Delivery: Online Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    Coming fall of 2024, our program is designed to prepare you to effectively improve the health of people and communities.

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  5. Public Health, BS or BA Program type: Major; Minor Delivery: On Campus
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    Learn to approach public health issues through the broad lens of social, economic, cultural, health and environmental factors. This growing program prepares you to make a difference in our society and to become an advocate for vulnerable communities and those in need.

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  6. Sustainability and Climate Action Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    An excellent choice for students who are concerned about the escalating climate crisis and who seek the foundational understanding and skills to lead societal and technological transitions necessary to achieve a sustainable world.

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Student-faculty research, small class sizes and the broad foundation in science that I’ve learned qualified me for a life-changing internship at the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

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We are a watershed of knowledge

The public health and environmental studies department is fortunate to have a dedicated group of core faculty members along with a large cohort of affiliated faculty from across campus to give our students a broad range of knowledge in various subject areas, including Art & Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication & Journalism, English, Economics, Geography & Anthropology, Geology, Honors, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, and Physics. Our team of faculty is a sort of "watershed" in themselves – a large geographic unit, incorporating many different areas of study and disciplines.

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