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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, law).


Learn about our curriculum

21 units needed
Course Course Title Units
PH 143    
PH 160    
PH 162A    
PH 168A    

* Four units of internship required (PH 175)

Select minimum of 9 units from: PH 105, 135, 141, 143, 145, 151, 162B, 166T, 168B, 170

Select 38-42 units from Basic Sciences: BIOL 1A and 1B (or BIOL 33 or 65); CHEM 1A, 1B, and CHEM 8 (or 128A); MATH 6 or 70 or 75 or DS 71, 71L; BIOL 20 (or 140); PHYS 2A, 2B

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Contact Us 

Jaymin Kwon, Ph.D.
Program 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.