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The Rutgers Environment & Public Health

Career Preparation Summer Course

We are now accepting applications for EPH 2022, scheduled for May 23 - July 18.
Apply online today!

Do you want to

  • pursue a career in the field of environmental and public health?
  • protect the environment and vulnerable populations?
  • make a positive difference in your community?
  • gain marketable job skills, a valuable professional license, and hands-on field experience?

Environment & Public Health (EPH), an 8-week course followed by a 200-hour unpaid field training internship, provides the expertise and hands-on experience you need, and qualifies you to sit for the NJ Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) Licensing Exam. For a quick snapshot of the EPH program, check out this brochure.

Current Plans for 2022

For 2022, the "classroom" portion of the Environment and Public Health Program will run from May 23 to July 18. All students who successfully pass the EPH course will then be placed in a field-training internship with a municipal or county health department. You will practice and apply the skills you learned in the classroom throughout your 200-hour (unpaid) internship.

The current plan is to hold EPH 2022 as a hybrid class, in which some days will be held in-person at the Rutgers New Brunswick campus, and some days will be held online, either as live (synchronous) or as prerecorded (asynchronous) lessons. Days will be organized as follows:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays: generally Live, on campus, 8:45am to 3:30/4:00pm
  • Thursdays and Fridays: generally Online, 8:45am to 3:30/4:00pm

Please note that there will be occasional exceptions to this schedule. Should conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic shift and it is determined to be unsafe to hold the class in person, Rutgers OCPE will move the class from a Hybrid format to an Online format.

Exact timing of when the internships begin and end is subject to change, due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the extensive workload it has placed on the health departments. While an internship may be completed in as little as five weeks, if a health department can only support EPH students in a part-time internship schedule, internships may last longer than five weeks.

You can contact us at eph@njaes.rutgers.edu with any questions.

What is EPH? Watch this 2-minute video to find out!
Listen to students explain what they learned and see where they are now.

REHS: The Credential You Need in Environmental Health

Graduates of the EPH program and field training are eligible to take the New Jersey licensing exam to become a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS). In New Jersey, an REHS acts as the front-line investigator for many of the state's public health and environmental regulations.

Get Real World Experience to Match Your Education

After the 8-week online session concludes, we'll place you in a 200-hour (~ 5-week) unpaid internship with a health department. You will gain hands-on experience that complements the skills that you've learned in the EPH classroom and prepares you for a successful career in public health.

Take the first step toward a new career. Join our email list to learn more about EPH or apply online today!

EPH 2022

» Next Offering:
May 23 - July 18, 2022

» Internship:
200 hour internship at a local health department