Going to Costa Rica and aiding those in poverty was the most rewarding experience of my studies so far.See full profile
Environmental Health looks at different factors in our environment and tries to understand their role in the health of individuals and populations. This concentration addresses the environmental risk factors – such as smoke, water, and airborne pollutants – pose to certain populations and their health. Students who concentrate in Environmental Health are well versed in the variety of approaches used to assess risk levels associated with the environment and public health.Find Academic Programs in Environmental Health
Training in toxicology prepares students of public health to examine the dangerous effects of different toxins, poisons, and harmful substances. The study of toxins is a critical component of environmental health studies. Public health students learn about toxins on the cellular level as well as their effects on the community and population levels, establishing a comprehensive framework for grasping how dangerous substances affect our bodies and our immediate environments.
When disasters strike – whether natural emergencies or man-made environmental catastrophes – public health professionals must be prepared to mitigate the potential damage posed to the health of exposed populations. These professionals must also be trained to assess the risks of such disasters and determine how to minimize harmful effects. A course in risk sciences and disaster management trains students to make educated decisions in the face of unforeseeable disaster.
With the world’s population rapidly increasing, its resources are in constant jeopardy of depletion. Coursework in population environmental health and sustainability prepares students to work with diverse populations and communities to maintain healthy and sustainable habits.
The Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service (ISCOPES) is perhaps one of the most rewarding experience thus far. It is experiential learning, public health practice experience where one works with interdisciplinary teams of graduate students from different academic areas to serve marginalized and underserved communities in Washington, D.C.See full profile
While completing my undergraduate degree in environmental science and geology, I had an opportunity to take coursework in environmental chemistry. Slowly over the course of that semester, as I was introduced to more material relating to environmental health, my interests in how environmental systems function and interact began to shift more toward how they can be affected by human behavior, and consequently affect human health. What inspired me to pursue a graduate degree in environmental health sciences, was a unique opportunity to visit General Electric’s Hudson River remediation site for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). During this visit, I spoke with scientists and engineers and saw firsthand their exhaustive efforts to protect human health and the environment.See full profile
What inspired me to study public health is the multifaceted approach involved in solving health problems in a community. As an undergraduate I studied environmental science and had a strong interest in promoting healthy living environments for the underprivileged. As a student in public health I am learning the potential of environmental health to help the most vulnerable; this is what motivates me every step of the way.See full profile
In public health the focus is placed on helping populations, and not at the level of the individual. The ability to help improve the health of entire communities or populations is what inspired me to study public health. It isn’t just the interaction between a physician and their patient but an entire system of policies and practices that influence the health of nations. I was also intrigued to learn about the extremely wide range of environmental factors which can influence disease or adversely affect human health, and how these overlap and intertwine with other aspects of public health.See full profile
I became interested in public health while I was doing my internship at the Medical Center of Plano during my undergraduate studies. Being able to serve others while performing daily wellness screenings at schools, hospitals, and health fairs made me develop a passion for the field.See full profile