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Prospective Students

Are you a student who:

  •     enjoys science and wants to apply what you learn,
  •     cares about the environment,
  •     likes to develop solutions to complex problems,
  •     wants to help people and make a difference in the community, and/or
  •     is concerned about the health effects of pollution?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above statements, the Environmental Health Science major in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree may be the right option for you.
The undergraduate major in environmental health science features an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates the environmental and health sciences with management and public policy. You will be trained to address pressing environmental health problems and will be prepared for an impact career or for graduate study in public health or the traditional sciences. The environmental health science major also meets the core science requirements for pre-professionals in medicine and is an attractive option for other pre-professional students.

At IUPUI you will study the scientific, financial, and political realities of environmental health through classes in air pollution, water supply and wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, field sampling and laboratory analysis, toxicology, industrial hygiene, and food safety sanitation.

The Environmental Health Science Program in the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health is one of only 32 U.S. undergraduate programs accredited by the National Environmental Science and Protection Accreditation Council.


  • Describe a framework to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, prevent, and control environmental exposures. 

  • Use analytical tools and methods to characterize and address environmental health issues.

  • Practice critical thinking to characterize and address environmental health issues.
  • Acquire experience in communicating effectively with diverse stakeholders – both written and oral, public and interpersonal, professional and technical – on environmental health issues.

  • Classify human health effects of environmental exposures.

  • Identify barriers to health equity related to environmental health.

To view the Course and Competenceis Matrix click here.