Advance Your Career in Environmental Health

A graduate degree in environmental health is appropriate for individuals seeking improved career opportunities in their field. The typical applicant may be a recent graduate of an undergraduate program in a professional discipline or in one of the supporting sciences. The applicant may also be currently employed and seeking additional professionalism and improved opportunity through graduate study.

Prospects for employment and advancement are excellent. In the public and private sector, awareness of the need and benefits of environmental health protection and requirements for occupational health are keen and increasing. Graduates can pursue a professional career in the fields of environmental health sciences, industrial hygiene, occupational health professionals, or as loss prevention officers. Employers include industry, academic institutions, and health and regulatory agencies at the local, state, or federal level. Work as an environmental health or occupational health, or a industrial hygiene consultant to private industry or public groups is open to graduates as are special career opportunities in programs with the U.S. Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some individuals may choose a career in environmental research or pursue a doctorate in a field of interest. Salaries in North Carolina for professionals in these fields start in the $35,000 to $45,000 range. Mid-career salaries may be from $40,000 to $70,000. Individuals accepting leadership roles in the profession may achieve considerably higher compensation.

Logo for Environmental Health Science and Protection AccreditationThe MS in environmental health is appropriate for individuals seeking a career as an environmental health scientist involved with the relationship between public health and environmental factors such as water quality, air quality, food safety, and industrial hygiene. Areas of study emphasized in the program are air pollution control, elements of environmental engineering, water supply and wastewater technologies, food safety, toxicology, industrial hygiene and environmental management. The MS in environmental health is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC, at

Degree Requirements

The MS degree program in Environmental Health requires the successful completion of 35 semester hours.

Admission Requirements

At the time of enrollment you must have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree at a regionally accredited university or college. Admission is competitive and is based on your grade point average (GPA), and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, and academic and/or professional background in areas related to environmental health or safety. Mimimum GPA and GRE requirements for admission to the MSEH Program are the same as the ECU Graduate School (minimum GPA of 2.7 and minimum GRE scores of the 30th percentile, as indicated in section 3.4.1 – Regular Admission of the ECU Graduate Program Handbook - pdf available at

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Dr. Tim Kelley

Contact Information

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Tim Kelley

Application Procedure

A self-managed application package and current information regarding admissions, deadlines, and procedures, are available on line at: You also may obtain a complete application package by calling 252-328-6012, or by writing to: The Graduate School East Carolina University 131 Ragsdale Hall Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Financial Information

Complete information regarding tuition and fees, out-of-state tuition waivers, assistantship policies, graduate scholar awards, and estimated cost may be obtained on line at Other inquiries may be directed to: Dr. Tim Kelley, Graduate Program Director, Environmental Health Sciences Carol Belk Building Room 3402, Greenville, NC 27858-4353 Telephone: 252-737-2225.