What is EHAC?
EHAC stands for the National Environmental Health, Science and Protection Accreditation Council. EHAC accredits programs providing applied, STEM based professional degree programs. EHAC is the only accreditation body that requires extensive Environmental Health science and hands-on training or internships of all students enrolled in EHAC accredited programs. EHAC accreditation is well respected nationally and worldwide for three major reasons:
- Scientific, STEM based rigor of accreditation requirements
- Practice-based internship requirement for all graduates
- High rate of employment and compensation upon graduation
EHAC requires a firm educational foundation in the natural sciences of biology, microbiology, chemistry, and physics. 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.
Quote from Lana Glore, R.S. and Director of a local health department in Ohio regarding an EHAC accredited program: "As one of the few remaining accredited Environmental Health programs in Ohio we value what you are doing for the Registered Sanitarian profession."
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Benefits of Accreditation
STUDENT Benefits of Enrollment in an
EHAC Accredited Degree Program:
- Eligibility to participate in the US Public Health Service (USPHS) sponsored JRCOSTEP internship program.
- Exclusive access to the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)
- Eligibility to compete for funding and presentation opportunities provided by EHAC's sister organization, the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP).
GRADUATE Benefits of Enrollment in an EHAC Accredited Degree Program:
- 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 NEHA Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) upon graduation.
Quote from CAPT Alan Parham, Chief Professional Officer, Environmental Health Officer Category, U.S. Public Health Service.
“Environmental Health Officers have served a vital role in the United States Public Health Services (USPHS) Commissioned Corps to protect and promote the health of the Nation since 1943. Now more than ever it is critical that the USPHS Commission Corps be able to recruit and retain highly qualified Environmental Health practitioners. For many years, the USPHS has recognized that students graduating from EH programs accredited under the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) are uniquely prepare to become leaders in the field of Environmental Health and the USPHS Commissioned Corps. Students from EHAC accredited Environmental Health programs are highly sought after for our Commission Officer Student Extern Training Program (COSTEP) as well as for commissioning in the USPHS after graduating.”
NewsEast Carolina University's Health Education & Promotion - BS in Environmental Health, California State University - Northridge's Environmental and Occupational Health Undergraduate Program, and Colorado State University's Environmental and Occupational Health Undergraduate Program Celebrate 50 Years of EHAC Accreditation!
For half a century, East Carolina University's Undergraduate Environmental Health Program, California State University - Northridge's Environmental and Occupational Health Undergraduate Program, and Colorado State University's Environmental Public Health Undergraduate Program have prepared students for a career in the branch of public health that studies how biological, chemical, and physical factors in natural and built environments affect human health. EHAC congratulates East Carolina University, Colorado State, and Cal State Northridge on their 50th anniversaries of EHAC accreditation!
Click HERE to read Lindsay Davis' (Colorado State University - 2011), RADM Richie K. Grinnell's (East Central University) EH stories and many more EH career stories from 50 years of EH graduates of EHAC accredited programs.