Program Overview

East Carolina University offers the Master of Science in Environmental Health degree as part of a program to train students to function professionally in the field of Environmental Science and Human Health related to the Environment. Scientists and everyday people are becoming more aware of human effects on the environment and local, state, and federal governments, along with other national governments in most countries, have mandated a certain level of regulation in business to protect the environment. 

As a result, specialized professionals with an understanding of environmental regulations can either act as advisors to businesses or auditors for environmental agencies. These regulations are intended to prevent damage to local ecosystems, prevent the release of pollution in the environment, and protect animals and plants that are in danger due to human economic and industrial activity. Every kind of business whether undertaking production or construction, must verify that they meet all environmental safety regulations or the face fines or injunctions which would result in a stoppage of production.

The program is developed and designed with two tracks, a research track or an applied track. The research track includes a curriculum designed to prepare students for research work. Classes include epidemiology for health professionals, biostatistics for health professionals, research methods, environmental health program management, and a master’s thesis to produce a paper demonstrating the understanding of the material covered. The applied program is intended for students to seek careers in practical health and environment professions. 

The classes include toxicology, environmental toxicology, radiation field operations, radiological health physics, physical safety, biological safety, chemical safety, radiation safety, solid and hazardous waste, environmental engineering, sanitary microbiology and safety of foods, air quality control methods, and industrial hygiene. These classes will prepare students for professional employment in either environmental research or application of environmental safety procedures.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended, Two (2) letters of recommendation. Must have 30 hours of science credit or current job in environmental health.


    Not all programs may be approved in every state. Students should check for state authorization prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    East Carolina University is a public research university located in Greenville, North Carolina. Founded in 1907, East Carolina University began as the East Carolina Teachers Training School. Today, ECU is the second largest university in North Carolina.

    Students at ECU can earn their degrees in a variety of subject areas. These fields of study include dance education, finance, biochemistry, instructional technology, management and many others. At ECU students can earn degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level in addition to post-secondary certificates.


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