The Environmental Health minor is intended for science majors.
A minor in environmental health paired with degrees such as Applied Science, Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Food Science, Dietetics and other programs will open doors for job opportunities in this field and will provide a solid foundation for advanced degree programs related to environmental health.
The Love Canal tragedy, the Chernobyl disaster, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the drinking water crisis in Flint, MI illustrate the impact environmental issues have on humans, animals and plants. Environmental health, which focuses on the relationship between people and the environment is a key component of any comprehensive public health system. Environmental health specialists play an important role in food safety, water and air quality protection, hazardous waste disposal and emergency response to environmental disaster. They also serve to educate the community about the health risks associated with environmental pollutants.
This minor will provide students an understanding of the impact of environmental issues on human health. It will familiarize students to the sources and distribution of toxic substances in the environment, the adverse effect of environmental pollutants and how they contribute to human diseases, and the laws and regulations pertaining to environmental issues. This minor will aid in the development of critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate environmental hazards and exposures, assess health risks, and formulate rational policy decisions.