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The Environmental Health Program


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The Environmental Health Program

Charles V. Shorten Ph.D, P.E.
209 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2360

Environmental Health Jobs

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Graduates of the environmental health program are qualified to obtain a variety of entry-level positions with industry; consulting firms; and local, state, or federal governmental agencies. A majority of environmental health graduates have worked in the environmental field after graduation. The remaining have chosen to work in other disciplines. The demand for entry level environmental professional who are both well grounded in the sciences and effective oral and written communicators continues to be strong.

Learn More  about some of our recent graduates and their job placements.

Some other examples of environmental health job placements are:

Petroleum Refining

Students have been employed in industrial hygiene & occupational safety at the plant level and corporate management of industrial hygiene & safety programs.

  • BP Refining, Marcus Hook, PA
  • Sun Company, Marcus Hook Refinery & Philadelphia corporate office, PA

Electric Generation & Transmission & Related Services

Graduates have been hired to pursue industrial hygiene, occupational safety & health physics and management of these programs:

  • PECO Energy (Philadelphia corporate office)
  • PECO Limerick Nuclear Power Plant, PA
  • Salem Nuclear Power Plant, NJ
  • Hydro Nuclear, NJ (decommissions nuclear plants)

Chemical/Pharmaceutical Industries

Students completing the BS in Environmental Health have taken the following positions:

  • ICI Americas - industrial hygiene and occupational safety corporate office - Wilmington, DE
  • E.I. Dupont, Chambers Works - industrial hygiene, hazardous waste management
  • Merck, Bristol, PA - industrial hygiene, occupational safety
  • Ciba-Geigy, DE - occupational safety

Other Industries

Other industries hire our graduates as well. Some recent positions include:

  • Lukens Steel, Coatesville, PA - industrial hygiene & occupational safety
  • Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Marietta), Boulder, CO - industrial hygiene
  • Saint Gobain, Malvern, PA - industrial hygiene

Consulting Companies

Environmental consulting companies exist to help other businesses and industry with regulatory compliance, environmental monitoring, industrial hygiene, waste management and risk assessment. Recent graduates have taken these positions:

  • Roy F. Weston - West Chester and Edison NJ offices - industrial hygiene, hazardous waste management, risk assessment, air quality
  • Gannet Fleming Engineering - Harrisburg, PA - industrial hygiene
  • ERM, Inc., West Chester & other offices - industrial hygiene, hazardous waste management
  • BCM Environmental Engineers - (now Smith & Co.), Plymouth Meeting, PA - industrial hygiene, air quality, hazardous waste management
  • ENSR Remediation & Consultants - industrial hygiene, hazardous waste management
  • GES, Exton, PA - occupational safety at hazardous waste sites
  • The Darion Group, Blue Bell, PA - industrial hygiene

Hospitals & University Employers

Hospitals and universities are workplaces with unique industrial hygiene and hazardous waste management concerns. West Chester University graduates have been employed in the following areas:

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - industrial hygiene
  • Medical Center of Delaware - industrial hygiene
  • Temple University - industrial hygiene
  • University of Pennsylvania - industrial hygiene


Federal, state and local government offices have employed many of our graduates for work in various regulatory areas:

  • Chester County Health Department - food sanitation, waste management, NPDES stormwater management and permitting
  • Chester County Conservation District - water quality; sediment and erosion control
  • PA Department of Environmental Protection - water quality, waste managment
  • US Air Force - industrial hygiene
  • US Marine Corps - industrial hygiene
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