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Environmental Public Health Major and Minors


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.

If this sounds like a perfect match, then a degree in Environmental Public Health is the major for you.

Contact Info:
Watershed Institute, Watershed Institute
Hibbard Humanities Hall 384
124 Garfield Avenue
715-836-2628

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Major

Comprehensive major (no minor required)
  • Environmental Public Health

Minors

  • Environment, Society, Culture
  • Environmental Science
  • Public Health

Where you'll find our grads

  • Consumer Safety Office Investigator, USDA (Madison, WI)
  • U.S. Public Health Services, Indian Health Service (Bemidji, MN)
  • Environmental Health Sanitarian (Marathon County, WI)
  • Safety, Health and Environmental Specialist (Hudson, WI)
  • Graduate Student (Rutgers Environmental Toxicology program)

UW-Eau Claire has opportunities for faculty-student 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 Altlanta, GA

Andy | ENPH Student

Prepared for Success

The 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.

Graduates of the ENPH program work for local, state or federal health and environmental regulatory agencies. Private sector employment offers students health and safety positions. Some find careers with major insurance companies, industries, or environmental consulting firms dealing with safety, industrial hygiene, hazardous waste or environmental monitoring 

Why UW-Eau Claire

Rankings / Reputation / Well-funded programs

UW-Eau Claire offers one of only a few accredited undergraduate environmental health programs in the Midwest, accreditation is by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). It’s one of only 32 accredited programs in the country. The placement rate for graduates of the ENPH program at UW-Eau Claire is 100%.

Hands-On Experience

Students learn to use instruments for lab and field studies. They gain many practical and hands-on learning opportunities such as paid internships, job shadowing, professional certifications, conference presentations, and extensive field work. In addition, all classes include computer supported instruction using the innovative Desire 2 Learn system. Students learn from outstanding faculty, including a registered environmental health specialist, an industrial hygienist called in to respond to 9/11, and a Fulbright Scholar. ENPH is part of the Watershed Institute.

Get Involved / Student Orgs

Students can participate in campus organizations such as the Student National Environmental Health Association and the Conservationists to further explore their interests.

First-Year Suggested Curriculum

  • Intro to Environmental Health
  • General Chemistry I
  • Foundations of Biology
  • Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
  • General electives

Advanced classes:

  • Environmental Toxicology and Risk Management
  • Occupational Safety Management
  • Water and Wastewater

Course Work / Pre-Professional Courses

All undergraduate environmental public health majors complete a core of course work in biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, and English.

The Environmental Public Health major meets all basic science requirements to enter the pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, pre-dentistry, or pre-dentistry, or pre-optometry programs. Please contact the Health Careers Center for more information on pre-professional health programs.

Special Admission Guidelines

It is important for students to meet with their advisor to get the most out of the program based on their goals and interests and to plan for the completion of the required internship most often taken between the junior and senior year.

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