[ skip to content ]

Toggle Mobile Menu

Environmental Health (Minor)

The minor in Environmental Health provides career preparation for positions in the environmental and occupational health fields, which is the evaluation and management of factors that impact the environmental health of the community. Each program area provides course work in the regulations, work and community exposures, health hazards, and controls

Environmental Health (Minor)


Description


What is Environmental Health at ODU like?

The minor in Environmental Health provides career preparation for positions in the environmental and occupational health fields, which is the evaluation and management of factors that impact the environmental health of the community. Each program area provides course work in the regulations, work and community exposures, health hazards, and controls

Program Highlights


What makes Environmental Health at ODU unique?

  • Curriculum is accredited by the National Environmental Science & Protection Accreditation Council.

  • Gain practical experience while evaluating case studies in communicable diseases and food safety.

  • Students are prepared to take on entry-level positions such as environmental health specialists, food safety specialists, vector control specialists, and epidemiologists.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Graduates from this minor have gone to work at Health Departments, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and local municipalities in public health.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

$76,220

MEDIAN SALARY


Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or public health. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

Health Education Specialists

$59,010

MEDIAN SALARY


Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Use data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May link health systems, health providers, insurers, and patients to address individual and population health needs. May serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

Community Health Workers

$42,340

MEDIAN SALARY


Promote health within a community by assisting individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. Serve as an advocate for the health needs of individuals by assisting community residents in effectively communicating with healthcare providers or social service agencies. Act as liaison or advocate and implement programs that promote, maintain, and improve individual and overall community health. May deliver health-related preventive services such as blood pressure, glaucoma, and hearing screenings. May collect data to help identify community health needs.

Epidemiologists

$76,230

MEDIAN SALARY


Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Environmental Health at ODU?

ENVH 423:
Vector-Borne Diseases and Their Control


Vector-borne diseases affect the health and well-being of humans and other animals in a wide variety of ways. Arthropod vectors (e.g., mosquitoes, filth flies, ticks and related groups) transmit numerous debilitating infectious diseases that oftentimes impose significant burden on healthcare systems. This course provides insight on the ways in which arthropods impact global health and economic growth through the diseases they transmit. Prerequisite: BIOL 110N or BIOL 121N, BIOL 117N or BIOL 123N, BIOL 103, or permission of instructor.

ENVH 420:
Communicable Diseases


An in-depth study of the communicable disease processes as they pertain to environmental sources. A detailed discussion of specific communicable diseases that are manifested by various environmental etiologic agents. Various environmental control measures to prevent the incidence of communicable diseases are presented. Prerequisites: BIOL 110N or BIOL 121N, BIOL 117N or BIOL 123N, BIOL 103 or permission of the instructor.

ENVH 421:
Food Safety


A comprehensive study of food and milk production, processing and preservation and controls exercised for the prevention of foodborne illnesses and spoilage. Prerequisites: BIOL 110N or BIOL 121N, BIOL 117N or BIOL 123N, BIOL 103, or permission of instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Environmental Health at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Environmental Health should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

A minor in environmental health requires a minimum of 12 semester hours of environmental health courses.  For completion of the minor, students must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses specified as a requirement for the minor exclusive of prerequisite courses and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University. Twelve semester hours of science courses are preferred.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Scholarships


Scholarships are available for Bachelor of Science Environmental Health (B.S.E.H.) students annually averaging $1000-$2000.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

No Image

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR


Name:

Sean Banaee PhD, CIH, CSP


Location:

3120 HEALTH SCIENCES BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-6010


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

goto top button request for information button apply now button
×

How would you like to complete your program?


Avatar
Face to Face
Avatar
Completely Online
Avatar
Unsure