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The Rutgers Environment & Public Health

Career Preparation Summer Course

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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 2021

Updated information regarding the 2022 class will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. You can also contact us at eph@njaes.rutgers.edu with any questions.

For 2021, the "classroom" portion of the Environment and Public Health Program will run from May 24 to July 16. 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 "classroom" portion of EPH 2021 will be held online. Students may attend class from the comfort and safety of their own homes with the use of high-speed internet and a computer. In general, live classes (held using the "Zoom" web conferencing tool) will take place between 8:45 and 3:30 EDT, Monday through Thursday, with some exceptions to those starting and ending times. Attendance is mandatory. Self-paced, asynchronous (pre-recorded) classes will be offered on Fridays (and can be viewed that day or over the weekend), which will allow more flexibility to students' schedules.

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.

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.

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EPH 2022

» Next Offering:
Summer 2022, exact dates TBD

» Internship:
200 hour internship at a local health department