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Environmental and Occupational Health

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The Degrees are accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council at the B.S. and M.S. levels. The California Department of Public Health provides a formal approval of the Degree at both the B.S. and M.S. levels. With this approval, students are permitted to test for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) examination immediately upon graduation.

The Major

Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) is concerned with the biological, chemical and physical factors affecting human health and the environment. Our major provides a solid science-based education with practical applications for a safer and healthier envi- ronment. As a result, our graduates work in a variety of high-demand jobs, such as air quality, water quality, food safety, housing, industrial hygiene, safety, hazardous waste management, environmental consult- ing and radiation safety. Our graduates also work in a wide range of settings, including private industry (aerospace, manufacturing, food production, biotechnology and many others), local government (city and county health departments), state government (Cal OSHA and Cal EPA), federal government (Public Health Service, EPA, OSHA, Department of Health and Human Services), unions, public interest groups, universities and lobbying organizations.

Our courses are explicitly designed to give students the skills needed to succeed on the job. Local employers, many of whom have graduated from this Department, routinely seek our graduates as new hires. As one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, we have an exten- sive network of environmental and occupational health professionals dedicated to the protection of the environment and community as well as worker health and safety.

The B.S. Degree lays the scientific and practical foundation for a career in EOH. Students are eligible for entry-level jobs in a wide range of locations at competitive salaries. The M.S. Degree is designed to prepare the graduate for higher-level professional activities, including research, analysis and management of EOH systems.


Graduates find work in such occupations as environmental specialists, industrial hygienists, hazardous waste managers, air quality permit managers, safety supervisors, health and safety inspectors, environmen- tal managers and many similar occupations.

Our graduates also are employed as administrators and technical specialists in governmental agencies, private industry and consulting firms. Opportunities for teaching, research and advanced professional programs are numerous.

The Degrees also serve as excellent preparation for health profes- sions, such as medicine, dentistry and optometry. Many graduates of the Department of EOH pursue advanced academic degrees leading to teaching and research opportunities.

Academic Advisement

All majors are required to review their academic program in consulta- tion with an advisor once per semester. The undergraduate advisors are Peter Bellin, Antonio Machado, Owen Seiver and Michael Sullivan. The graduate advisor is John Schillinger. Please contact the Department to make an appointment for academic advisement.


Julie Hodge, Donna Van Helsland