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Department of Public Health

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Explore the Environmental Occupational Health and Safety option

Controllable public health concerns are the focus of a career in environmental health, industrial hygiene or occupational safety, but there is a severe shortage of skilled individuals ready to fill the job vacancies. Environmental Health Professionals are responsible for protecting the public's health from varied and sometimes growing environmental hazards.

This degree program provides a balanced approach between the theoretical concepts and applied principles of environmental health, occupational health, and safety. The curriculum builds on a scientific base (biology, chemistry, physics) and includes core courses in Public Health, foundation courses in environmental and occupational health, and elective courses that allow for specialization.

Students are academically prepared to make significant contributions to society by anticipating, evaluating, and controlling environmental and occupational health hazards. 


Careers in the field 

Career opportunities abound in government agencies, private industry, consulting, and research organizations. The program also provides preparation for graduate studies and acceptance into professional schools (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine, and law).


Learn about our curriculum

12 units needed
Course Course Title Units
PH 143 Occupational Safety 3
PH 160 Principles of Toxicology 3
PH 162 Evnironmental Health Concepts 3
PH 168A Occupational Health Concepts 3


Course Course Title Units
BIOL 1A Introductory Biology 4 Unit
CHEM 1A/1AL General Chemistry 1A/General Chemistry Lab 1A 3 Unit/2 Unit
CHEM 1B/1BL General Chemistry 1B/General Chemistry Lab 1B 3 Unit/2 Unit
PHYS 2A General Physics 4 Units
PHYS 2B General Physics 4 Units
PH 175I Environmental Internship 1-4 Units

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BIOL 1B/BIOL 1BL Introductory Biology/Introductory Biology Lab 3 Units/1 Unit
BIOL 33 Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology 5 Units
BIOL 65    

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Course Course Title Units
CHEM 8 Elementary Organic Chemistry 3 Units
CHEM 128A Organic Chemistry 3 Units

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Course Course Title Units
MATH 70 Calculus for Life Sciences 4 Untis
MATH 75 Calculus I 4 Units

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Course Course Title Units
BIOL 20 Introductory Microbiology 4 Units
BIOL 140 Plant Anatomy 3 Units

Select 38-42 units from Basic Sciences

Course Course Title Units
PH 105 Risk Assessment and Analysis 3 Units
PH 145 Occupational and Environmental Systems Management 3 Units
PH 151 Health Law and Legislation 3 Units
PH 164 Vector Control 3 Units
PH 166T Topics in Environmental Health 3 Units
PH 167 Public Health Laboratory Techniques 3 Units
PH 168B Occupational Health Evaluation 3 Units
PH 170 Air Pollution and Health 3 Units
Select a minimum of 9 units
For students enrolled before Fall 2023, please refer to the following roadmaps.

View Roadmap Roadmap - Transfer Students

For students enrolled for Fall 2023, please refer to the following roadmap.
EOHS Roadmap Fall 2023

Contact Us 

Jaymin Kwon, Ph.D.
Option Coordinator and Professor
McLane Hall, J-Wing 14

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Admission requirements (Freshmen  I  Transfer)

Important deadlines and dates (Freshmen  I  Transfer)

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The option is approved by the California Department of Health Services.