A healthy environment is essential to our everyday lives. What we eat and drink, the air we breathe, and the places we live and work need to be safe and healthy.
Environmental health professionals ensure our communities and environments are safe and healthy. Biological, chemical, and physical hazards pose challenges to our planet and to people. You can study these hazards and help prevent or reduce damage to the environment and human health.
From where you work to what you do, you can have a career in Environmental Health that fits your passion. At Illinois State, you can focus on public health, industrial hygiene, or environmental protection. This can lead you to an exciting career in:
- Food protection
- Water and wastewater management
- Indoor and outdoor air quality control
- Pollution prevention
- Occupational health
- Industrial hygiene
Point of Pride
The environmental health program is one of only 23 accredited programs in the nation and the only program in Illinois.
Why study Environmental Health?
Environmental Health at Illinois State gives you the skills and experience needed for a successful, in-demand career.
When it comes to your studies, you’ll get plenty of variety and engagement. Many of the classes involve labs and field-based learning. You can also take your learning out of the classroom and research alongside faculty. This lets you explore your interests and find solutions to environmental challenges.
Our internship experience will put you in a professional setting. Your work as an intern will mirror the work you'll do after graduation. It's a great way to put what you've learned into practice.
Our Environmental Health major is the only accredited program in Illinois. This means you can immediately take the following certifications after graduation:
- State of Illinois Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner (LEHP) examination
- National Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) examination, administered by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
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!