All students earning the B.S.P.H. concentrating in Environmental Health Sciences will complete the Kent Core (sciences, math, English, etc.) and Public Health Core ( covering global health, social and behavioral sciences, health policy, biostatistics, epidemiology, health disparities, capstone.) In addition they will take the Environmental Health Sciences concentration requirements (epidemiology, occupational health & safety; vector-borne & zoonotic diseases; built environment institutional & recreational facilities; air, water, food, wastewater, soil, hazardous waste and toxicology; risk assessment; administration & enforcement of health & safety laws.)Refer to the 2013-14 Catalog for a list of the specific degree requirements and a semester-by-semester Road Map. Check the Schedule of Classes if you want detailed information about Environmental Health Sciences course content.
If you are already a College of Public Health undergraduate student, you can let your Academic Advisor know of your interest. Advisors can be reached by calling 330-672-6500 or email them.
If you are a Kent State University student in another major outside the College of Public Health, you can call, 330-672-6500 or email or schedule an appointment with a Public Health Academic Advisor to discuss your options.
Many of the job postings and internship opportunities sent to the College of Public Health are for graduates of environmental health programs. They come from health departments, governmental regulatory agencies, university laboratories, and private industry. Here is a sample of job titles posted in the past few months: Chemical Safety Officer/Laboratory Safety Advisor ($66,000/yr.), Sanitarian in Training ($19/hr.), Health and Safety Risk Engineer ($41,000) , Industrial Hygienist ($58,000/yr.)
Students must earn and maintain a 2.0, however proficiency in the sciences is required for the Registered Sanitarian Exam.
Pursuing medical or scientific research careers require post-bachelor’s level education. Earning a bachelor’s degree with career specific skills in Environmental Health Sciences prepares students with entry-level career options, as well as further education in graduate or professional medical programs. Graduate and professional medical schools are extremely competitive and not all who apply will be admitted. Earning a B.S.P.H. keeps the door open for other career pathways. For instance a student with a B.S.P.H. is eligible for Sanitarian In Training (SIT) positions, leading to licensure as a Sanitarian in the State of Ohio.
Yes. Many of the science courses required of the Environmental Health Sciences concentration are included in the MCAT, PCAT and DAT and are also required by most professional medical schools. You can work with your advisor to better understand these standardized admissions tests and individual professional school prerequisites.