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Environment & Public Health - Course Description

Life's too short to take just any job. And right now, the field of environmental health needs people that want to make a difference with their careers. If you have the heart, desire and skills to save lives and protect New Jersey's residents and environment, the Environment and Public Health (EPH) summer course will get you there. To land a job in environmental health, you need broad technical skills, ranging from epidemiology to environmental inspections to emergency response. You also need experience and the REHS license. This seven-week course and accompanying five-week internship provide the expertise and experience you need and helps to prepare you for the state licensing exam.

What is EPH?
Learn more about the program from EPH alumni.

EPH: In the Classroom

The EPH course includes eight separate modules covering a wide range of topics in environmental health and management including:

  • Emerging Issues in Public Health - updates from the cutting edge of public health in topics ranging from bioterrorism to West Nile virus to risk communication, includes an intro to public health administration and management styles

  • Public Health Sanitation - food safety and inspection techniques, new topics on food security, and a wide variety of other public health topics from tanning to rabies to pool chemistry

  • Epidemiology, Communicable Disease, Modes of Transmission and Outbreak Investigations - these are core skills utilized in protecting the public against everything from bioterrorism to contamination affecting our food supply

  • Public Health Microbiology - microbes and the symptoms, transmission and prevention of diseases they cause

  • Water and Wastewater - stream pollution investigation and water treatment systems

  • Soils, Septics and the Environment - soil logs and septic system design

  • Environmental Pollution - hazardous materials and pollution control strategies for air and water as well as toxic contaminants found in homes, schools and office buildings

EPH: In the Field

After the seven-week classroom session concludes, we'll place you in a 200-hour (five-week) internship with a local health department. Rutgers arranges the field experience for EPH students in accordance with the EPH Field Training Manual, which ensures that all trainees receive a complete field training experience. You’ll gain a wide range of on-the-job skills including:

  • Inspecting wholesale and retail food establishments
  • Conducting epidemiological investigations
  • Monitoring streams, lakes and groundwater
  • Reviewing plans and inspecting septic systems
  • Investigating air and noise pollution
  • Investigating reports of disease outbreaks
  • Addressing current public health concerns

Take the Licensing Exam & Begin a Public Health Career

Once you've successfully completed the entire EPH Program, you will be eligible and fully prepared to take the State REHS licensing exam and begin your career in public health!

2017 Dates

» In the Classroom:
June 5 - July 21, 2017

» In the Field:
200 hour internship at a local health department