Wirtz Hall 235, DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-1384
Fax: (815) 753-5406
Environmental health professionals work primarily as inspectors and detectives to prevent and control diseases and injuries caused by environmental conditions. They assure the quality of our air and water, monitor food safety, evaluate solutions for preventing and controlling hazards, oversee toxic waste clean up, develop policies for a sustainable society and investigate disease outbreaks, including those caused by bioterrorism.
To accomplish their work, environmental health professionals must have good public relations skills, a strong background in the biological and physical sciences and the ability to analyze complex situations. They often work with other health professionals, e.g. doctors, nurses, microbiologists.
The curriculum for Environment & Health pairs the Public Health curriculum with a menu of courses from the environment health focus area such as biology, chemistry, geography, and technology. Students may choose to minor in biology, chemistry, or environmental management systems.
The Public Health Program is affiliated with over 120 health care agencies in the Northern Illinois Region which offer Internships to our students. These same sites also frequently employ our alums.