Environmental Health (Minor)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2021–Spring 2022 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Minor in Environmental Health
Unit: School of Public Health & Information Sciences 
Academic Plan Code(s): EH_ _MINOR

The Environmental Health minor is not accepting new enrollments for the 2021-22 Academic Year.

The Environmental Health minor will expose students to basic principles of how the environment affects health, how toxic materials are distributed in the environment, how environmental agents with adverse effects on health are measured, how these agents contribute to the burden of human disease, and how regulations pertinent to environmental health are devised and promulgated.  Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate environmental hazards and exposures, assess health risks, and formulate rational policy decisions. 

The Environmental Health minor can be pursued as a type of specialization within the field of public health—e.g., by Public Health majors, as adjunct preparation for other health fields, such as medicine or nursing—or as an applied field of basic science, such as biology or chemistry.  The goal of the program will be to provide students with a solid foundation for further education or careers related to environmental health.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
PHEH 301Public Health and Our Environment3
PHEH 305Environmental Toxicology3
PHEP 310Environmental Epidemiology1
PHEH 315Environmental Health and Public Health Practices2
PHEP 341Epidemiological Concepts and Methods for Public Health3
Guided Electives
Select two of the following courses:6
Environmental Policy and Risk Assessment in Public Health
Environmental Biology - B
Basic Pharmacology
Principles of Ecology
Evolutionary Ecology of Disease
Global Change Ecology - CUE
Instrumental and Statistical Analysis
Survey of Biochemistry
Health Communication - WR, CUE
Environmental Conflict in the United States: Historical Foundations & Contemporary Problems - D1, SBH
GIS and Public Health
Geography and Human-Environment Interactions
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Management
Minimum Total Hours18

 At least three (3) semester hours of the requirements for a minor must be successfully completed while enrolled in the University of Louisville.