What is EHAC and why should your Environmental Health Program care?

EHAC stands for the National Environmental Health, Science and Protection Accreditation Council. EHAC is the only non-profit organization in the United States that accredits stand-alone Environmental Health Academic Programs. EHAC accreditation is well respected nation and worldwide for two major reasons:

  • Scientific rigor of requirements
  • Practice-based internship requirement for all graduates

EHAC requires a firm educational foundation in the natural sciences of biology, chemistry, physics and geology. This combined with a requirement for the completion of a practical, hands-on internship results in graduates that are well prepared to immediately enter the environmental health workforce or continue their academic journeys.

Why Accredit?  Because EHAC accreditation is of significant value to your students and graduates, making your Environmental Health Program highly attractive to prospective students and future graduates.

Benefits of Accreditation

STUDENT Benefits of Attending an EHAC Accredited School:

  • Eligibility to participate in the US Public Health Service (USPHS) sponsored JRCOSTEP internship program.
  • Exclusive access two valuable internships: the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) and the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP).
  • Eligibility to compete for scholarships and internships provided by AEHAP and NSF International.

GRADUATE Benefits of Attending an Accredited School:

  • Graduation from an accredited program is required to enter the US Public Health Service (USPHS) and US Army and Navy Environmental Science and Engineering careers.
  • Graduates of EHAC accredited programs meet the criteria to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) upon graduation.


January 9, 2018

The National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) is pleased to announce their 2018 Council Member Call for Nominations. 

EHAC is currently seeking nominations for practitioners and academicians from throughout the United States who would like to serve on the EHAC Council.  Council member nominees must meet the following requirements (click here for Council Member Responsibilities):

  • Any person qualified by academic training and/or professional experience in environmental health may become a member of the Council upon being elected by the general Council membership.
  • Elected Council members must have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience. A master's degree in an appropriate discipline may substitute for two (2) of the five (5) years’ experience. A doctorate in an appropriate discipline may substitute for three (3) of the five (5) years’ experience. The maximum substitution permitted is three (3) years.
  • Academicians applying to sit on the Council must have had an internship in an Environmental Health discipline or relevant field experience.

Council Members serve 3 years terms and can serve up to two consecutive terms.

Please visit www.nehspac.org, email Leslie Mitchell at executive.director.nehspac.org or call 206-522-5272 for more information on this opportunity.

Click here for maps showing distributions of EHAC accredited programs and current Council Members.  The EHAC Council is especially interested in recruiting new Council members from the states of Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.