​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

CMU’s environmental health and safety program offers you an interdisciplinary major with academic course work, laboratory and internship experiences for careers in environmental health professions. You’ll learn to investigate health problems and hazards, enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety, monitor the health status of communities, and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of environmental community services.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Health educator/community health$41,830 per year21% (21,400 more jobs)
Epidemiologist$65,270 per year10% (500 more jobs)
Occupational health/safety specialist$66,790 per year7% (4,200 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the School of Health Sciences website or contact:

School of Health Sciences
Health Professions Building 2219
Email: helme1lm@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3541

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Environmental Health and Safety Major

Accredited by the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC), Environmental Health & Safety is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students through academic coursework, laboratory, and internship experiences for a career in environmental health professions. Graduates of the program will diagnose and investigate health problems and hazards in the community, enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety, monitor the health status of communities, and evaluate effectiveness and quality of environmental community services. EHAC Accreditation requires broad training in 23 programmatic areas of Environmental Health & Safety, which may include Air Quality Control, Food Protection, Hazardous Materials, and Water Quality, with in-depth training in four of these technical areas. CMU offers in-depth coursework in 10 of the 23 programmatic areas. Interested students should meet with the Environmental Health & Safety Program Director, Dr. Rebecca Uzarski, as early as possible to assist with course scheduling in the four technical areas and to identify the appropriate prerequisite courses related to the student's choice of technical area.
Total: 67-69 semester hours
Required Courses I
(53 hours)
BIO 101
General Biology
3
BIO 208
Microbiology
4
BIO 435
Environmental Toxicology
3
BLR 521
Environmental Law and Policy
3
CHM 131
General Chemistry I
4
CHM 132
General Chemistry II
4
CHM 342
Survey of Organic Chemistry
4
ENV 101
Introduction to Environmental Studies
3
ENV 310
Environmental Issues Management
3
GEL 100
Introduction to Earth Systems
3
HNS 452
Environmental Health & Safety Internship
3
HSC 211
Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
HSC 352
Environmental Health
3
HSC 404
Epidemiology
3
PHY 130QR
College Physics I
4
STA 282QR
Introduction to Statistics
3
Required Courses II
(4 hours)
Select one of the following in consultation with an advisor as it relates to the Technical area:
MTH 130
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
4
MTH 132
Calculus I
4
Required Courses III
(10-12 hours)
To complete training in four technical areas, select a minimum of 10 hours in consultation with an advisor:
BIO 334/GEO 334
Soil Science
3
BIO 365
Environmental Contaminants
3
FNS 363
Food Safety and Sanitation
1
GEL 380WI
Hydrogeology
3
GEO 203QR
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
3
HNS 425
Hazardous Materials Technology
3
HSC 317
Community Health
3
HSC 505
Work Injury Prevention
3
HSC 552
International Health Systems, Organizations and Policy
3
IET 327
Industrial Safety
3