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.
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 several annual career fairs, including the Nursing & Health Care Professional Fair and the Non-Profit and Government Career Fair. These events are an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.
Environmental public health program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
- Student National Environmental Health Association
- The Conservation Club
- Students Encouraging Environmental Deeds (SEED)
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.
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?
- Consumer safety office investigator, USDA, WI
- U.S. Public Health Services, Indian Health Service, MN
- Environmental health sanitarian, Marathon County, WI
- Graduate student, University of Iowa Industrial Hygiene Program, IA
Environmental public health careers
- Air pollution analyst
- Disaster management specialist
- Environmental sanitation engineer
- Health and safety specialist
- Environmental toxicologist
- Wastewater treatment operator
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.
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.
What classes do environmental public health majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Biology of humans
- Environmental biology and conservation
- Environmental ethics
- Radiation, air pollution and health
Learn more about the comprehensive environmental public health major in the UWEC course catalog.
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