Department of Health

West Chester University

Dr. Jim Brenner
207 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA  19383

Environmental Health Track

Environmental Health Advising Sheet

The learning objectives for the Environmental Health track are an adaptation of the requirements for industrial hygiene practice set up by the American Board of Engineering Technology (ABET) which accredits industrial hygiene programs. These industrial hygiene concepts have been broadened to include the whole field of environmental health and some aspects of emergency preparedness. Additionally, the Environmental Health Science Protection and Accreditation Council (EHAC) emphasizes

  • analytical skills (including statistical analysis and research methods)
  • communication skills (both written and oral)
  • administrative skills
  • skills and knowledge of natural sciences including biological sciences, chemistry and other sciences and environmental and public health science
  • knowledge and skills in epidemiology, toxicology, risk assessment, risk communications and risk management, all of which are reflected in the objectives below.

Upon completion of the Environmental Health Track graduates will be able to:

  • Identify illness and injury causing agents in workplaces, residences, health care facilities and other institutions, and the outdoor environment.
  • Measure biological, chemical and physical disease agents in any environment and assess compliance with environmental regulations and professional standards
  • Analyze, interpret and evaluate toxicological, epidemiological and environmental exposure data
  • Quantitatively assess risk using mathematical models
  • Communicate risk information to the populations they serve
  • Plan and manage emergency preparedness programs
  • Integrate, implement and evaluate control strategies to reduce environmental risks
  • Lead, manage and administer environmental health programs
  • Apply appropriate research principles and methods in Environmental Health. vAdvance the profession of Environmental Health