This major is no longer accepting new students; new students should apply to the new Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences major.

Environmental Health Sciences

The quality and quantity of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the environments where we live have a profound impact on our health and well-being. Environmental health professionals are involved with improving our understanding of how environmental agents may affect health in order to promote health and prevent disease. Areas of environmental health science include assessing exposure to environmental agents, understanding the relationships between exposure and disease, and translating this knowledge into science-based policy.

Potential Job Title

  • Environmental Health Scientist
  • Environmental Epidemiologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Environmental Health Consultant
  • Toxicologist
  • Public Health Sanitarian
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Risk Assessor
  • Health and Safety Officer

Experiential Learning

  • Participate in on-the-job learning through an environmental health internship. 
  • Learn and apply environmental health fundamentals by working with faculty on independent research projects.
  • Dublin Institute of Technology study abroad program in Environmental and Public Health

Potential Graduate School Options

  • Public Health
  • 5-Year Accelerated Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Epidemiology

Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheet

How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Environtmental Health Sciences, please visit the Changing Your Major page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Environmental Health Sciences from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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