The environmental and occupational health emphasis prepares public health students to reduce the burden of human illness or injury that results from natural or man-made environmental exposures. From air pollution and hazardous waste to risk assessment and injury prevention, students are trained to understand diverse environmental and occupational health tools to keep communities safe and healthy.
With additional experience, including the option of specialized graduate school/training, students may become eligible for one or more national certifications relating to environmental or occupational health. The career outlook for this field is promising.
The median salary for Occupational Health and Safety specialists is $66,790/year. Although local communities may vary, the national job outlook, "expects to grow by 7% from 2012-2022 [which is] slower than average, "as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The book 101 Careers in Public Health and the Explore Health Careers website are also helpful resources for looking for information on specific careers within Public Health. If you would like to check out a copy of 101 Careers in Public Health please speak with the student secretaries in 4103 LSB.