Do you have an undergraduate degree in environmental health science or a related field and want to improve your knowledge, skills and career prospects? Are you currently an environmental health professional and want to upgrade your credentials and improve your professional prospects while continuing to work?

The master of science in environmental health (MSEH) program at East Carolina University is a great opportunity for students seeking rewarding career opportunities while protecting the environment and public health. The MSEH also program provides current environmental health professionals an opportunity to upgrade their credentials and improve their career prospects. Graduates from the program will be prepared for the challenges and opportunities available with local, state, federal and international organizations and agencies. Topics of study include air pollution control, elements of environmental engineering, water supply and wastewater technologies, food safety, toxicology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, occupational health, vector borne disease and environmental law and management.

Prospects for employment and career advancement are excellent. The US Bureau of Labor statistics predicts that the employment opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences will expand by 28 percent in the next decade. Both public- and private-sector employers seek trained environmental health professionals for a wide variety of important jobs. In addition to local, state, and federal public-health agencies, other potential employers include military installations, industry, consulting firms, and institutional environments. Graduates may also choose to pursue a career in environmental health research and/or pursue a doctorate in a related field of interest.

ECU Advantage

The MSEH degree at ECU is currently one of only eight environmental health graduate degree programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Sciences Protection and Accreditation Council (NEHSPAC). The program offers the only NEHSPAC-accredited master’s degree in the nation that may be completed entirely online by professionals working in the field or a related discipline.

Students are provided a variety of research opportunities working with the environmental health program faculty. Faculty have a wide range of research interests, including vector borne disease, air quality, water and wastewater management, industrial hygiene, occupational health, and agricultural waste management. Graduate research assistant positions are available to help support students.

What You Will Study

There is no catalog data for this program.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Environmental Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
  • Health and Human Services
  • Education and Training
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Environmental Health

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.