College of Public Health Catalog 2015/2016

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Environmental Health Minor

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The Environmental Health (EH) Minor is offered by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health within the College of Public Health. The EH Minor provides students with the broad range of courses necessary to pursue an advanced degree in the field of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety or to seek entry level employment in a related field. The EH Minor is preparatory for careers in environmental science, industrial hygiene, toxicology, risk assessment, and related health sciences. The minor provides an applied science specialization to compliment a basic sciences, life sciences, or health sciences major.

Upon completion of the Environmental Health Minor coursework, a student will be able to:

  1. Articulate the role of environmental and occupational health in injury and disease prevention, safety and risk assessment at the local, state, national and global level.
  2. Describe environmental and occupational health functions and concepts.
  3. Discuss and analyze current environmental and occupational health issues.
  4. Describe career paths in environmental and occupational health.
  5. Develop an understanding of environmental and occupational health that can serve as a foundation for the pursuit of graduate public health degrees.

The minor in Environmental Health consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours with a C- and a minimum 2.00 average in the 15 credits that are required for obtaining this minor.

It is recommended that students follow the sequence of courses listed below. These courses will give students a broad overview of environmental and occupational health concepts. No additional departmental courses are required for the completion of the environmental and occupational health minor.

Required Courses

15 credit hours:

  • PHC 3320 Environmental Health Science (3)
  • HSC 4430 Occupational Health and Safety (3)
  • HSC 3541 Human Structure and Function (3)
  • PHC 3721 Research Methods in Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • HSC 4213 Environmental and Occupational Risk Analysis (3)

University Requirements

Each academic minor must conform:

  1. A minimum of 8 semester hours of credit used to satisfy the requirements of a minor must be from USF courses.
  2. A student desiring a minor must have a major in a different program option.
  3. USF coursework for a minor must have a GPA of at least 2.0.
  4. Only an undergraduate degree-seeking student at USF is eligible for a minor.
  5. A minor can be applied for and received only in conjunction with applying for and receiving a baccalaureate degree except for students who have already received a baccalaureate degree from USF who may earn certification of a minor by taking additional undergraduate coursework at the University and applying for the certification.

Declaring the Environmental Health Minor

Make sure you have completed all 15 hours of required and elective courses.

You will declare the Environmental Health minor on your Bachelor’s Degree Application when you are preparing to graduate. (Check with your department and the Registrars Office on semesters deadlines for the application)

The minor will be displayed on your USF official transcript. You will not receive any tangible documentations or certificates from the College of Public Health for completion of the Environmental Health minor.

Undergraduate Academic Advisor


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