Environmental Health Program Information
P.O. Box 70682
Johnson City, TN 37614
Tel. : 423-439-5243
Fax : 423-439-5230
Accredited by: The National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council
Statement of Purposes, Goals, and Objectives
The need for a healthful environment is common to all peoples and to all communities. The needs for environmental health services are complex because of changes brought about by economic and technological advances. There is an increasing need for technical personnel in the field of environmental health. The many problems brought about by economic and technological advances require a comprehensively trained specialist in environmental health.
The educational objectives of the department are to provide the student with an opportunity to:
- Develop an understanding of
- the chemical, biological, physical, and social factors which affect the health of the community;
- relevant concepts from the social and behavioral sciences; and
- the environmental health systems.
- Become proficient in
- identifying community environmental health needs;
- information collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, and dissemination; and
- environmental monitoring, analysis, and management.
- Acquire skills in the application of the above techniques and knowledge necessary for solution of environmental health problems.
Degrees and Concentrations
At the undergraduate level the department offers the Bachelor of Science in environmental health degree. The programs leading to this degree are the environmental health concentration, which has a public health orientation, and the occupational health and safety concentration. In addition, the department offers a minor in environmental health and a minor in safety.
At the graduate level, the department offers the Master of Science in Environmental Health (M.S.E.H.) and the Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences.
The Department of Environmental Health also offers a minor in Emergency/Disaster Response Management. This minor is offered jointly with the Department of Health.
Admission to the graduate program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Majors pursue studies with emphasis in the specialist area or the administrative area. Further information on graduate programs is contained in the Graduate Catalog.
Safety Minor Program Information
The objective of a minor in safety is to allow students in other disciplines to supplement their major knowledge with safety training. For example, students may wish to major in chemistry and minor in safety and thus enhance their chances of being employed in an industry where a strong knowledge of safety programs is needed. Students with the following majors would find a safety minor to be of particular interest: engineering technology, technology, biological sciences, chemistry, criminal justice, and management.
Students minoring in safety should be qualified for a wide variety of employment opportunities with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as with industry. Graduates of this program would be able to offer employers the alternative of hiring an academically qualified safety officer as opposed to the expensive alternative of retraining an employee in safety management.
Admission Requirements - In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the university, applicants must apply to the Department of Environmental Health.