Department of Public Health
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
|PH 143||Occupational Safety||3|
|PH 160||Principles of Toxicology||3|
|PH 162||Evnironmental Health Concepts||3|
|PH 168A||Occupational Health Concepts||3|
|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|
|BIOL 1B/BIOL 1BL||Introductory Biology/Introductory Biology Lab||3 Units/1 Unit|
|BIOL 33||Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology||5 Units|
|CHEM 8||Elementary Organic Chemistry||3 Units|
|CHEM 128A||Organic Chemistry||3 Units|
|MATH 70||Calculus for Life Sciences||4 Untis|
|MATH 75||Calculus I||4 Units|
|BIOL 20||Introductory Microbiology||4 Units|
|BIOL 140||Plant Anatomy||3 Units|
Select 38-42 units from Basic Sciences
|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|
For students enrolled before Fall 2023, please refer to the following roadmaps.
For students enrolled for Fall 2023, please refer to the following roadmap.
The option is approved by the California Department of Health Services.