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Master of Science-Community Health-Environmental Health

Program Director: H. Anna Jeng, ScD

Background

The School of Community and Environmental Health offers an state and nationally accredited Master of Science in Community and Environmental Health for students wishing to pursue or enhance their career as environmental health practitioners, industrial hygienists, or occupational safety specialists. It provides the necessary skills for students to enter these fields in higher-level positions in federal, state and local government, the military, private businesses, and industry. Students receive the necessary academic and environmental health skills, and may select one of three concentrations in an emphasis area: environmental/public health, industrial hygiene or occupational safety.

The program focuses on the study and management of natural and man-made factors that affect the environment and consequently, the health and well-being of the general population as well as special population groups. Because of the diversity of challenges presented by these environmental factors - physical, biological, chemical, and behavioral - the skills of a variety of disciplines are required. The curriculum encompasses a wide variety of disciplines and emphasizes study in subjects specific to environmental health, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, and hazardous waste management. The MS Program graduates well-rounded, technically competent professionals, ready for employment in virtually any environmental health, occupational safety or industrial hygiene position of their choice.

Accreditation

The MS program in Community and Environmental Health is nationally accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. That coveted accreditation makes our students and graduates eligible for national license examinations, including Certified Environmental Health Specialist, Certified Food Safety Professional, Registered Environmental health Specialist, Registered Hazardous Substances Professional and Specialist, Certified Industrial Hygienist, and Certified Safety Professional.

Employment

With professional credentials, our graduates have been employed by state and federal agencies, including the Virginia Department of Health, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Food Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The accredited Environmental Health program is recognized by the U.S. Navy as authorized for their Duty Under Instruction and Scholarships programs, with graduates being commissioned as Environmental Health Officers and Industrial Hygiene Officers.

Finally, our graduates have been employed by private businesses and in the industrial sector.