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The Environmental Health (EH) program at Illinois State University develops professionals who work to ensure public and environmental health. The Environmental Health program offers both a major and a minor. Environmental Health focuses on the assessment, control and prevention of biological, chemical and physical hazards in our environment that may lead to human health problems or environmental damage.

Why Study Environmental Health?

An individual studying Environmental Health is preparing for a wide range of employment opportunities. The student studies biological, chemical and physical sciences. Examples of topic areas include food protection, water and wastewater management, indoor and outdoor air quality control, waste management methods, occupational health, and industrial hygiene.

The training in this program provides a wide range of skills that would enable the students to work indoors and outdoors. Most graduates find employment in community environmental public health, industrial hygiene, institutional environmental health, environmental protection, and environmental health and safety (EH&S).

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Strong research analysis skills
  • Problem-Solving
  • Investigation, surveying, collecting data and interpreting results
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong team player and also works well alone
  • Writing articles, summaries, reports
  • Diagnosing, estimating, projecting using the data
  • Sensing, perceiving, examining
  • Dissecting and abstracting
  • Seeing patterns of meaning in results
  • Tracing errors to their source

Being Successful in the Field

  • Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary field that explores the effects of humans on their environment. Environmental Health is a discipline that explores both the effects of humans on the environment and the effects of a damaged environment on human health. In addressing the potential for environmental harm or adverse health effects, the environmental health professional must anticipate the potential for a hazard to do harm, recognize the existence of the hazard through observation, sampling or measurement, evaluate the severity of the harm, and if severe recommend control strategies reduce or prevent harm. The most effective approach is to modify the environment to eliminate the hazard. Failing that, administrative changes are recommended to reduce the harm, and finally, personal protective equipment may be necessary to further reduce the potential harm.
  • Be familiar with current environmental and occupational health laws and regulations. Stay up-to-date with changing environmental legislation.
  • Join related professional associations; read related literature and journals to keep up with new developments.
  • Attend seminars, conferences and workshops sponsored by professional associations or public interest groups.
  • Network and get to know people who are working in area of interest.
  • Research companies, agencies, and organizations of interest before applying for a position.

Related Fields


  • Air, Water, and Land Pollution Inspector
  • Bioengineer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Code Enforcement Officer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health and Safety Professional
  • Environmental Health Inspector
  • Environmental Lobbyist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Toxicologist
  • Environmental Underwriter
  • Field Chemist
  • Food Protection Specialist
  • Hazardous Waste Regulator
  • Health Safety Officer
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Infection Control Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Mosquito Control Specialist
  • Professor
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Radiation Safety Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Scientist
  • Safety Specialist
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Sanitarian
  • Senior Science Assistant
  • Soil and Water Conservation Specialist
  • Water/Wastewater Plant Operator/Director
  • Wastewater Treatment Supervisor

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
George Byrns  FSA 324A  (309) 438-8289 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

2.38 - 3.10

Required Courses


Recommended Courses

  • CHE 140 - General Chemistry
  • CHE 141 - General Chemistry II
  • MAT 120 - Finite Mathematics

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Anjie Almeda  Felmley Hall 311  (309) 438-5353 

Middle 50% GPA

2.38 - 3.10

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

Beginning fall 2013, Environmental Health will accept internal applications only in September and February.During the Spring 2013 semester, we will be transitioning by encouraging interested students to apply in February.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Major Requirements

Recommended courses for applying to the Environmental Health major include:

  • CHE 140 - General Chemistry
  • CHE 141 - General Chemistry II
  • MAT 120 - Finite Mathematics

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Anjie Almeda  Felmley Hall 311  (309) 438-5353 
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