Environmental Health (EH) professionals and practitioners identify, prevent, and control environmental factors that can harm human health. Environmental Health gives first priority to people and their health and indirectly protects environmental quality and the health of ecosystems.

Environmental Health professionals

  • Maintain safe supplies of food and drinking water
  • Discover mechanisms of environmentally related diseases such as insects, rodents and other animal carriers of disease
  • Treat and dispose solid and toxic wastes
  • Reduce air, water, food, and noise pollution
  • Control hazards to ensure safe schools, playgrounds and work places

Environmental Health professionals work for:

  • State, county and city health agencies
  • Environmental consulting companies
  • Private corporations
  • Federal government
  • International organizations

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An undergraduate degree in Environmental Health can also lead to graduate school for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and law.