Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program with Environmental Health concentration is designed for students pursuing a professional degree in the field of Environmental Public Health. This program prepares students for certification as a Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) that qualifies for entry-level positions in the field of environmental health.
The BSPH program in Environmental Health is the first of its kind at the undergraduate level in the Adventist Health School System. It is a rigorous yet flexible science-based applied program that prepares students for careers in public health as well as environmental health fields. This program is recommended for pre-medical, pre-dental students wishing to secure a job while preparing for medical, dental, or physical therapy, physician’s assistant and pharmacy schools. This degree provides an excellent foundation for pursuing the online Master of Public Health public (MPH) degree at Andrews University or any MPH degree in general. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024 faster than the average for all occupations.
Environmental Health is the science and practice of preventing human injury and illness while promoting well-being by a) identifying and evaluating environmental sources and hazardous agents and b) limiting exposures to hazardous physical, chemical, and biological agents in air, water, food and other environmental media or settings that may adversely affect human health.
BSPH Program Mission
To prepare public health professionals who can plan, manage, evaluate and solve public health problems in the public and private sector. This mission will improve the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and populations, while preparing students to become Christ-centered scholars and global leaders in public health.
Concentration Requirements - 16-18
Additional Elective Options - 2
Major: Additional Requirements
Students are expected to complete a professional development portfolio during the BSPH program outlining their goals and accomplishments, including experiential activities conducted at both public and private public health agencies and organizations.
All students are required to complete a cumulative, integrative and scholarly (or applied) experience that serves as a capstone to the educational experience. This can also be an inquiry project. These experiences may include, but are not limited to, internships, service learning projects, senior seminars, portfolio projects, research papers or honors thesis. Exposure to local-level public health professionals and/or agencies that engage in public health practice is encouraged.
A Professional Credential from National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
Students in the BSPH program in environmental health are eligible to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist certification exam. The REHS is the most prevalent NEHA credential and professionals demonstrate competency in an impressive range of environmental health issues, directing and training personnel to respond to routine or emergency environmental situations, as well as educating community members about environmental health concerns. In addition, REHS credential holders are key members in ensuring that communities are in compliance with local, state and federal environmental health regulations. For additional information visit the site below.
Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) (Step 1)
Prospective students enter the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program upon acceptance to Andrews University. Students must apply to the professional program* at the end of their sophomore year. The Environmental Health concentration is recommended for pre-medical, pre-dental students wishing to secure a job while preparing for medical, dental, or physical therapy, physician’s assistant and pharmacy schools. This degree provides an excellent foundation for pursuing the online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Andrews University or any MPH degree in general.
Pre-requisite Courses: two years of the following:
These courses may be obtained at Andrews University or another accredited college or university, or equivalent institution for international students.
Professional Program - Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) (Step 2)
Applying to the Program*
To transition into the professional program, students need to apply to the director of the BSPH at the end of their sophomore year. Students must apply to the program in order to register for PBHL 308 - Environmental Health, a required course for the major.
The professional program includes two years of study including courses in (but not limited to) the following:
- Environmental health
- Environmental Sampling and Analysis
- Environmental Toxicology
- Water & Air Quality
- Research Methods
- Experiential Activities
- Environmental Risk & Policy
These courses are encouraged to be obtained on the Andrews University campus.
To transition into the professional program, students need to apply to the Director of BSPH in their sophomore year for acceptance by May 1 for the following Fall semester. Successful completion of all pre- requisites and cognate courses as listed above, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a cognate GPA of 2.75 is required for acceptance into the professional program BSPH
Graduation is dependent upon the completion of all curriculum requirements for the professional BSPH degree with the maintenance of at least a minimum of overall GPA of 2.85 and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all didactic and science courses. No grade below C- is accepted for prerequisite and cognate courses (or below a C for didactic courses). At least 125 semester hours are recommended for graduation.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Andrews University is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910. www.ceph.org