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Explore the environmental public health bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Change lives and shape our world for the better with a bachelor's degree in environmental public health from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

One of only 30 programs in the country accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council, this highly-regarded program will prepare you to control biological, chemical and physical health hazards and preserve the environment.

Learn how to collect and process samples, analyze data and discover solutions to real-world problems. Laboratory and field-based courses, transformational research experiences and immersion programs will allow you to make life-changing contributions — even before you graduate.

With the growing population and climate change, environmental public health majors are in high demand. Many grads find employment in regulatory agencies, industries or consulting firms concerned with environmental quality and protection.

Student researchers testing water quality for a project at UW- Eau Claire

Collaboration with faculty, area professionals provides invaluable training

Research isn't just reserved for graduate students at UW-Eau Claire — because it shouldn't be. Often times, these experiences help students determine career paths and better prepare for the future, as was true for Dexter Zebro. By partnering with organizations like the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and the Department of Natural Resources, Dexter was able to obtain knowledge and connections that would not be possible within a traditional classroom setting.

“Networking is essential in transitioning into the role of an environmental health professional,” he said. "Getting feedback and having contact with these resources is invaluable.”

Dexter says the experience — and the faculty who make it possible — are a large selling point of the program. "This major is tremendous, and it all starts with the professors who do everything they can to help prepare us to secure a job or transition into graduate school."

Environmental public health major scholarships

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for students pursuing environmental public health degrees at UW-Eau Claire. For example, the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation is currently offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student from a Wisconsin family farm who has financial need and is entering or continuing study in environmental public health.

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your environmental public health degree. 

Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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Quick facts

Environmental public health program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
Student organizations
  • Student National Environmental Health Association
  • The Conservation Club
  • Students Encouraging Environmental Deeds (SEED)

Accreditation information

UW-Eau Claire's environmental public health program is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). We are proud to offer one of only a few accredited undergraduate environmental health programs in the Midwest, and one of only 30 accredited undergraduate environmental health programs in the country.

Environmental public health bachelor's degree program highlights

Real-world learning. Your learning won't be confined to a classroom. Collaborative projects allow you to connect and network with area professionals and apply what you've learned in real-world scenarios. You'll also have opportunities to attend local and national conferences and secure a paid summer practicum or internship!

Opportunities to lead research and make a difference. UW-Eau Claire strives to provide opportunities that push you to think critically, step outside your comfort zone and change the world for the better. Many student-faculty research programs and projects are readily available to environmental public health majors. Recently, students have studied frac sand mining, air quality and climate change. Dive in deeper to these issues or explore a different topic that interests you!

Student-focused faculty and small class sizes. Our faculty make students a top priority so they feel inspired to do their best. Professors are knowledgeable, accessible and passionate about what you can bring to the industry. Smaller class sizes allow for a more personalized, cohort-style education. Jump into group discussions, go on field trips, participate in debates and hear from experts and potential employers during guest presentations.  

Connection to local employers. Meeting potential employers and gaining a better understanding of different career opportunities is a critical component of the environmental public health program. To help you explore career paths, we host an annual Nursing & Health Care Professional Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the health care field. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

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What jobs can you get with an environmental public health degree from UWEC?

UW-Eau Claire's environmental public health program provides you with many opportunities to go beyond the classroom and prepare for a successful career. Combine transformative curriculum with this experiential learning, and you'll be empowered to take on any challenge after graduation. 

Where are environmental public health alumni now? 

Environmental public health careers

The environmental public health program is focused on the health and well-being of the general public. I use a lot of information I've learned in my classes while working and am really thankful for the broad educational background that has prepared me for such a wide variety of situations.

Rachael Korinek Environmental Public Health
UW-Eau Claire alum Andy Kleist at Tugel Falls in South Africa

Alum travels the world to learn about global health issues

At UW-Eau Claire, we strive to create a culture of exploration, discovery and continuous learning — values that aligned well for Andy Kleist. Curious about global health issues, the environmental public health alum just recently returned from a 364-day trip to 31 countries (spanning five continents) to learn about world-wide environmental concerns.

“I had been working as an EPA contractor for four years after graduation and felt like I was only seeing a small segment of the environmental issues that are of most importance globally,” Andy said. “I went on this trip in order to learn how the rest of the world handles environmental concerns differently than we might.”

Andy hopes to use this knowledge and his degree to better the environment at a larger scale.

Environmental public health bachelor's degree program curriculum

The environmental public health program will set you up for success through a paid practicum or internship, which is typically taken the summer between junior and senior year. This resume-building learning opportunity will prepare you for employment in your field after graduation.

Classes for environmental public health majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive environmental public health major in the UWEC course catalog.

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