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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.


  • Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders individually and in group settings using verbal, written, and electronic modes of communication.
  • Use statistical and other quantitative analysis tools and techniques to understand issues and problems in environmental science and health.
  • Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and solve environmental science and health problems by applying scientific and technical knowledge and principles.
  • Monitor a community’s environmental health status using epidemiological tools, laboratory techniques, and field methods appropriate to individual issues.
  • Participate in developing and implementing plans and policies to improve environmental health using scientific and technical knowledge.
  • Work individually and within a team-setting by applying organizational knowledge and leadership skills.
  • Recognize and demonstrate sensitivity to diverse points of view.
  • Seek principled solutions to environmental problems.