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ENVIRONMENTAL
HEALTH PROGRAM

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ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM

West Chester University provides an enriched learning environment that has helped countless students get ahead. Founded in 1977, the Environmental Health Program is located within the College of Health Sciences and reflects the diverse backgrounds and cultures of the area. The program prepares students to become future leaders in the fields of Environmental Health and Sustainability. It is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).

Air Quality

Industrial Air Pollution

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Industrial Air Pollution

Environmental Health Specialists monitor indoor and outdoor air quality.

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City Smog

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City Smog

Environmental Health Specialists monitor outdoor air quality to help lower air pollution to safe levels.

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Indoor and Outdoor Pollution

Smoggy Smoke stack

Indoor and Outdoor Pollution

Environmental Health Specialists monitor poisonous gases in the ambient as well as in confined spaces.

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Worker's Health

Leaders in Workers' Safety

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Leaders in Workers' Safety

Environmental Health Specialists are Industrial Hygienists who protect workers' health.

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Worker's PPE

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Worker's PPE

Environmental Health Specialists are experts on PPE, Air Quality, Ergonomics, and Physical Agents.

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Industrial Hygiene

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Industrial Hygiene

Industrial Hygienists monitor workers' exposure to prevent disease in laboratories, construction sites, industry, hospitals, manufacturing facilities, etc.

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Sustainability

Sustainable Living

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Sustainable Living

Environmental Health Specialists are experts on sustainabile living.

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Renewable Energy

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Renewable Energy

Environmental Health Specialists explore ways to incorporate renewable energy sources in the operations of a business.

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Green Building

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Green Building

Environmental Health Specialists help create sustainable living spaces.

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Hazardous Waste Management

Illegal Dumping

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Illegal Dumping

Environmental Health Experts properly manage hazardous waste to protect people, especailly children and minorities who are often targets of environmental injustice.

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Proper Disposal and Recycling

Hazardous materials

Proper Disposal and Recycling

Environmental Health Experts learn about proper ways to dispose of waste to protect soil and water resources.

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Plastic Pollution

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Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is a major environmental health issue.

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Water Quality

Water Protection

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Water Protection

Protection of water resources and water analysis are important skills of environmental health specialists.

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Clean Water

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Clean Water

Access to clean water is a basic human right.

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Waterfall

Tall Waterfall

Waterfall

Prisitne water sources are becoming increasingly hard to find.

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Disaster Prevention

Oil Spill

Tipped oil tanker

Oil Spill

Environmental Health Specialist are experts in disaster prevention.

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Natural Disaster

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Natural Disaster

There is high demand for Environmental Health Scientists to help plan and adapt to the increse in natural diasters.

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Wildfire

Fire in forest

Wildfire

The direct effects of climate change are visible around us.

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Resource Conservation

Forest

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Forest

Environmental Health is protection of the environment and life.

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Logging

Heavy Machinary

Logging

Environmental Health is sustainable use of resources.

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Conservation

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Conservation

Environmental Health Specialists are experts on environmental regulations.

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Climate Change Planning

Hurricane

Hurricane Aftermath

Hurricane

Adaptation and planning are ways Environmental Health Experts respond to climate change issues.

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Stewardship

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Stewardship

Planning and prevention of consequences of climate change are essencial in our society.

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Drought

Boats in dry desert

Drought

Environmental Health Experts are needed to help in the efforts to slow down global warming.

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Workers

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Workers

Workers' safety is a priority for Environmental Health Specialists.

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Risk

WIndmills in disaster area

Risk

Risk Assessment is an important component of Environmental Health.

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Pandemic

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Pandemic

Environmental Health Experts learn to respond to epidemics and pandemics.

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Construction

Construction workers

Construction

Environmental Health and Safety Specialists train construcion workers on preventing injuries.

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Say no to Plastic

Box water

Say no to Plastic

Environmental Health Specialits promote ways to protect the environment.

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Lab Analysis

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Lab Analysis

Environmental Health Specialits acquire skills to perform many analytical procedures.

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Hazards

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Hazards

Industrial Hygienists anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control hazards. They are experts in asbestos and mold remediation.

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CURRICULUM

Environmental Health Programs

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B.S. IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Bachelor of Science

Windmills

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Complements any Major

Students in Lab

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Environmental Health Track

CAREERS

"More than 90% of Environmental Health Graduates who are actively seeking a job have one at graduation or soon after" (National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council).

WCU Environmental Health graduates enjoy employment with some of the nation's most prestigious companies and organizations. Our alumni work at all levels and they often look to WCU for new employees. The button below provides examples of some of the past and present employers of our graduates.

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