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Environment & Public Health - Prerequisites


I. To be accepted into EPH, you must:

  • Complete at least 32 approved credits in biological, physical, environmental, or health sciences
    • At least 1 of these must be a lab course
    • Courses with a grade less than C will not be considered
    • Up to 6 of these credits may come from statistics, calculus, research methods, or similar level college math (no algebra or pre-calculus)
  • Have a minimum of 90 credits overall*

*Note: While you do not have to have a bachelor's degree to be accepted and enroll in EPH, you must have a degree to successfully complete EPH (and to be eligible to sit for the NJ REHS exam). An EPH certificate of completion will not be issued until you have provided proof that you have earned your undergraduate degree.

Courses in biology, chemistry, and environmental science are strongly recommended.

Completion of an "Introduction to Public Health" course is not required but also strongly recommended and will count as part of the 32-credit prerequisite.


If you lack 32 science credits, you have two options to earn the additional credits you need:

  • Register for science courses at any accredited college of your choice

    • County college, community college, or online schools are all acceptable as long as they are accredited

    • To ensure that the courses you select will be accepted towards the EPH pre-requisites, we recommend that you send the following information to us before you register; we will tell you if we can accept the course, so you don't waste time or money on courses that won't make the cut:
      • School name
      • Course number and name
      • Course description (copied from the course catalog is fine)
      • If we are unable to make a determination based on the course description, we may require that you also submit a course syllabus.

  • When you have 29 or more science credits completed, you also have the option of taking EPH for the remaining 1, 2, or 3 credits you need. This option requires you to:

    • First, complete your registration for EPH with our office.
    • Next, register with the Rutgers Summer Session office and pay them directly for these additional credits (we will provide you the information you need to register).
    • Last, complete EPH as you normally would (the classroom portion and the field training internship) AND complete additional course work which will be assigned the first week of the EPH class.

No additional class time is required for this second option. However, additional fees apply. You will pay the separate fee directly to the Rutgers Summer Session office for these credits (view Summer Session credit fees here; look at the fees for School 10 (Planning & Public Policy). Please call Program Coordinator Amy Cook at 848-932-7649 or email us at eph@njaes.rutgers.edu if you would like to discuss this option.


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II. To be eligible to sit for the NJ REHS Licensing Exam* you must:

  • Meet the requirements listed above for entry into EPH
    AND
  • Hold a Bachelor's Degree
    AND
  • Successfully complete the EPH program (which includes a 200-hour field training environmental health internship at a New Jersey local or county health department under the supervision of a licensed NJ Health Officer or REHS)
    OR
  • Successfully complete college-level courses deemed equivalent to EPH plus a 200-hour field training environmental health internship at a New Jersey local or county health department.

*Note: Our office helps EPH graduates with the application process for the REHS exam when taken the autumn immediately following the course.

2021 Dates

» Online Class:
May 24 - July 16, 2021

» Internship:
200 hour internship at a local health department