UGA Specific Information for Environmental Health Science

Environmental Health Science is the study of the biological, chemical and physical agents occurring naturally or introduced into the environment and their effects on our health and well-being. It includes a study of human activities, a vital component in our complex ecosystem. It serves the general welfare by safeguarding and improving the quality of food, shelter, air, water and other natural resources. Students take applied environmental health science courses in such areas as air, water and noise pollution; solid and hazardous waste management; environmental toxicology; industrial hygiene; food microbiology; epidemiology; and environmental health administration. The degree program is nationally accredited and is the only undergraduate environmental health program in Georgia. The BSEH degree also provides excellent preparation for post-graduate studies in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Pharmacy, as well as graduate work in Public Health, Toxicology, Industrial Hygiene, and Environmental Science.

Employers Hiring UGA Environmental Health Science for the Class of 2016*

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Chartwells | Emory University | Environmental Corporation of America | Environmental Protection Division | Gwinnett/Newnane/Rockdale Health Departments | SuperScribe, LLC | United States Environmental Protection Agency

Job Titles of UGA Environmental Health Science Majors for the Class of 2016*

Environmental Compliance Specialist | Environmental Health Professional | Environmental Health Specialist | Environmental Scientist | ER Scribe | Farm Associate | Fellow in the Office of Environmental Health Emergency Management | Student Contractor

Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Environmental Health Science Majors for the Class of 2016*

The University of Florida | The University of Georgia

UGA Environmental Health Science Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*

** Includes Self-Employed

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring ..., Job Titles of ..., Career Outcomes for ..., and Graduate Schools Attended By ..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2016 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Campus Resources

  • Activities, Clubs and Honor Societies
  • Environmental Health Science Club
  • Epsilon Nu Eta (Env Health Science Honor Society)
  • Adopt-A-Stream
  • Student Chapter, American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Georgia Environmental Health Association and National Environmental Health Association

To find additional clubs and organizations, go to the Center for Student Organizations

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What do Trained Environmental Health Professionals Do?

  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Restaurant Inspection
  • Noise Abatement
  • Retail Food Facilities
  • Toxic Site Cleanup
  • Solid waste handling and disposal
  • Wells and water systems monitoring
  • Industrial health and safety
  • Food protection and safety
  • Wildlife health/management
  • Drinking water quality
  • Air quality
  • Environmental health education
  • Toxicology
  • Radiation protection
  • Housing safety and lead monitoring
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Public pool health and safety
  • Vector control
  • Hazardous materials handling and incident response

*Taken from California State University "Environmental Health Career Opportunities"

Joint B.S. in Environmental Health and Biological Engineering

A dual degree in BSEH-BSBE (BS Environmental Health - BS Biological Engineering) is offered for students wanting to combine EHS with the quantitative and design aspects of a degree in biological engineering (environmental area of emphasis). The BSEH-BSBE curriculum fully integrates the two accredited degree programs into a 5-year course of study, which culminates in the awarding of both degrees. In order to complete the program in five years, students should begin the program in their freshman year, although later enrollment is also possible.


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