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Environment & Public Health - Course Description

Life's too short to take just any job. 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, then join the next generation of environmental health professionals. The Environment and Public Health (EPH) summer course will get you there. To land a job, you need broad technical skills in areas ranging from epidemiological investigation to environmental inspection to emergency response. You also need experience and the REHS license. This seven-week course and accompanying 200-hour (five-week) unpaid internship provides the expertise and experience you need and helps prepare you for the REHS licensing exam.

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

EPH: In the Classroom

The EPH course is comprised of various modules covering a wide range of topics in environmental health and management including:

  • Environmental Pollution: hazardous materials and pollution control strategies for air and water.

  • Epidemiology: communicable disease, modes of transmission and outbreak investigations.

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

  • Public Health Sanitation: veterinary public health, body art, tanning, pool chemistry, youth camp safety, public recreational bathing facilities and food safety principles including retail food protection, shellfish, milk, bottled water, and risk-based inspection techniques, including a mock inspection of a retail dining establishment.

  • Soils, Septics and the Environment: soil logs, site evaluation and septic system design with a field day to apply what you are learning.

  • Water and Wastewater: stream pollution investigation, water treatment systems, and a field trip to a facility to bring it all together; also includes a brief chemistry review to ensure all students are up to speed.

  • AND ... Selected Topics: from pest identification and control to risk communication, plus administration topics related to management, structure and quality improvement in health departments.

EPH: In the Field

After the seven-week classroom session concludes, we'll place you in a 200-hour (five-week) unpaid 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:

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

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!

2020 Dates

» In the Classroom:
June 1 - July 17, 2020

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