Montana State University

Environmental Health

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What is the Environmental Health option in the Department of Microbiology

Environmental Health Specialists are concerned with general environmental sanitation, food and waterborne disease control, air and water quality, water and wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste disposal, rodent and insect control, consumer product safety, recreational and occupational safety, radiological hygiene, epidemiology and health education.

What courses would I take in the Environmental Health curriculum?

Study in this option gives students an understanding of the physical, chemical, social and biological sciences that are necessary for developing, supervising and participating in programs dedicated to the protection and promotion of public health.
Specialty courses are offered and include general microbiology, principles of environmental health science, medical bacteriology, immunology, microbial physiology and genetics, parasitology, insect biology, anatomy and physiology and soil and environmental microbiology.

What opportunities for laboratory research are there in Environmental Health?

MSU offers a great opportunity for undergraduate research, in fact, a research and creative experience is required of all MSU students. Our department offers a course, MBEH 210 – Principles of Environmental Health Science that is designated as an MSU Research Core course. In this course, groups of students design and carry out a research project in some aspect of environmental health.
The Department of Microbiology has always been a strong supporter of undergraduate research in our laboratories to provide opportunities for students to gain experience in the laboratory outside of class. Students are encouraged to look over our faculty and their research interests to find a good fit with their own interests and career goals. Some students take a single semester of research credits while others stay in a laboratory for several semesters or years. Some student researchers then present their findings at various student, or professional, science conferences. They may even have their name included on a publication in a professional journal.

How does the Environmental Health Option prepare me for more advanced training and employment?

Environmental Health Scientists, including some of our own faculty, are employed by government agencies such as, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Labor, state and county health departments), private industries, hospitals, universities and foundations.
Students completing this option are well prepared to undertake graduate studies in specialized areas of Environmental Health Science and Microbiology.

What does the curriculum look like?

  • 2010 - 2012 curriculum (pdf)
  • 2008-2010 curriculum (pdf)