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NJ REHS Licensing Exam Review Course

Course Code: EP0503CA20

NJ REHS Exam Review Course

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Date &Time

Last Held: October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2019
Tuesday evenings
6:00pm - 9:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 5:30pm)

Next offering TBD.


PLEASE NOTE: There are specific requirements that must be met in order for an individual to qualify to sit for the NJ REHS Licensing exam. Successfully completing the Rutgers EPH summer course and internship is one way to meet the requirements. This exam review course does NOT count towards any of these requirements.

Student Review

Richard Aschoff, REHS Exam Review Course Attendee

"Taking the review course was a great way to get me focused on the material covered in the EPH course. I would recommend this class to anyone taking the [REHS] exam - especially at the price offered!"

- Richard Aschoff,
Environment and Public Health and REHS Review Course Attendee, 2016

This 15-hour review course is designed to assist in preparation for the New Jersey REHS State Licensing exam, synthesizing information that is curricular and extracurricular to one's prior environmental health experience. If you have taken the Rutgers' Environment and Public Health (EPH) course, have a foundation in environmental health, or are just looking for a refresher as a current NJ REHS license holder, this course is for you!

The NJ REHS Licensing Exam is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions that assess your knowledge of diverse topics related to public health. To earn an REHS license, you must score at least 70% on the licensing exam. This course will help you review and refresh your knowledge of key exam topic areas, as well as provide test taking tips and strategies to increase your chances of passing.

This preparatory course affords attendees access to dozens of applicable resources that have been assembled specifically for a comprehensive and focused understanding of relevant information one may expect to find on the State REHS licensing exam and working in the field. It is an intensive course that requires your participation – both in the classroom and beyond. We will provide the tools but it is up to you to engage with the take-home materials to really absorb the information in preparation for testing.

The course consists of presentations, quizzes, question and answer sessions, and a practice exam focused on the following topic areas:

  • Public Health Administration
  • Communicable Disease / Epidemiology
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Public Bathing Places / Pools
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment (including Disinfection, Chlorine Chemistry, Cross Connections and Indicator Organisms)
  • Septic Systems and Wells
  • Food Protection and Safety
  • Public Health Sanitation
  • Practice Exam

The NJ REHS Licensing Exam Review Course provides a singular opportunity to engage the State's foremost experts on these topics, and the chance to ask questions on any material offered in the course, or that otherwise may be expected on the State REHS exam. The goal of our instructors is to ensure that you feel well-prepared, confident, and ready to succeed on exam day!

Instructional Team
George Van Orden, REHS Review Course Instructor

Lead Course Instructor:

George Van Orden, PhD

Dr. Van Orden received a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science from Cook College, Rutgers University in 1979. He later attended Rutgers Graduate School and received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science in 1986 and a Doctorate degree in Environmental Science in 1987. Dr. Van Orden retired from the Township of Hanover Health Department in 2015 where he was employed (since 1981) as their Health Administrator, Health Officer and Environmental Specialist.

From 1993 through 1999, Dr. Van Orden worked with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on the Whippany River Watershed Project. This was New Jersey's first attempt at developing a watershed management plan. While conducting his work on the Whippany River, he witnessed and documented the transition of the Whippany River from a severely degraded river in the 1980's to today's thriving healthy ecosystem. He has published and lectured extensively in the areas of surface water modeling, sanitary surveys of natural surface waters, and watershed management.

Dr. Van Orden has been an adjunct professor since 1983 and teaches courses at Rutgers University, Drew University and the College of Saint Elizabeth in the areas of Environmental Health, Environmental Toxicology, Epidemiology, Public Health and Environmental Biology. Over the past 30 years, he has been actively involved in the Environment and Public Health Course offered at Rutgers. Many of his students have gone on to become Registered Environmental Health Specialists and Health Officers working for health departments throughout the State.

Wayne Ingram, REHS Review Course Instructor

Course Instructor:

Wayne Ingram, PE, PLS, PP

Wayne J. Ingram is Vice President of Engineering & Land Planning Associates, Inc. (E&LP) with over eleven (11) years of experience in civil site engineering and planning. Mr. Ingram has extensive professional engineering experience, including expert testimony, in site plan engineering, including conceptual site planning, traffic circulation design, sanitary sewer systems, storm water management facilities, wetlands/stream encroachment delineation and permitting, septic system design and local and state approvals. Professional experience also includes design of vapor mitigation systems, alternative wastewater system design, and preparation of Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans.

Mr. Ingram has developed, designed, prepared and provided expert testimony on all aspects of site development plans, including existing facility expansions, site modifications, and the new construction of various commercial and residential facilities.

Virginia Wheatley, REHS Review Course Instructor

Course Instructor:

Virginia Wheatley

Virginia Wheatley is an Environmental Scientist in the Public Health and Food Protection Program at the New Jersey Department of Health with 19 years of experience in public health/food safety. As the program's Shellfish Project Coordinator, she is responsible for regulatory oversight and coordination of FDA compliance inspections for 130 shellfish firms in NJ. She also routinely conducts training and educational outreach to local health departments and industry representatives at seminars and conferences. She holds dual licenses as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and a Health Officer. She is the President-Elect of the NJ Environmental Health Association and Secretary/Past President of the NJ Association for Food Protection. Her specialties include shellfish, food labeling, imported dietary supplements, and food defense. Ms. Wheatley first entered the field of public health during 6 years of military service in the U.S. Air Force and the NJ Air National Guard. Her education includes a Master of Public Health degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Science degree in Food Safety from Michigan State University.

Peter Tabbot, REHS Review Course Faculty Coordinator

Faculty Coordinator:

Peter Tabbot, MPH

Peter Tabbot is Health Officer for the Rockaway Township Division of Health, which serves four municipalities in northern New Jersey, and also is Adjunct Instructor at Rutgers University, where for 17 years he has taught several courses in public health, environmental health and administration. Mr. Tabbot obtained his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and his Master of Public Health degree from the Rutgers School of Public Health, and has 25 years' experience in governmental public health. Mr. Tabbot is Past President of the NJ Health Officers Association and Past President of the NJ Environmental Health Association, and served as Project Director of the NJ Collaborative for Excellence in Public Health, which introduced continuous quality improvement and accreditation to New Jersey’s local health departments.

Mr. Tabbot serves on several statewide advisory and ad hoc committees, including the NJ Public Health Licensing and Exam Board. In 2014, he became Faculty Coordinator of the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education's Environment and Public Health course, which provides mandatory training for New Jersey's licensed Registered Environmental Health Specialists. Mr. Tabbot is current Chair of the Morris Regional Public Health Partnership and serves as Executive Committee member and County Chair with the North Jersey Health Collaborative.


The October 2019 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 1.5 Rutgers CEUs, this NJ REHS exam review course has been approved for the following credits:

HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 15.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

Required Textbook

Essential Resource for Public Health Professionals Provided to All Registrants - a $60 Value!

Cover of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual

A bound copy of the required course text, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Edition is included in your registration fee. This is a must have resource for anyone working in the field of public health. Every chapter has been reworked and new chapters have been added. The 20th Edition is a timely update to a milestone reference work, ensuring the Manual's relevance and usefulness to every public health professional around the world. This book will be a valuable tool as you study and prepare to take the REHS Licensing exam and a resource you can continually refer back to throughout your career!

Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Coffee/tea and refreshments will be served.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center
20 Indyk-Engel Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08902
Directions and Parking Information

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234