BSPH Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health [NEW]


Earn a Scholarship of $19,000/yr upon Admission into Our Program

Upon Admission into the BSPH Program, students are eligible for a $19,000/yr scholarship only for their Junior and Senior Year*

*Students must maintain a Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher and Cognate GPA of 3.2 or higher


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"Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou has made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all."
-Nehemiah 9:6

BSPH Program Mission:

To prepare public health professionals who can plan, manage, evaluate and solve public health problems in the public and private sector. This mission will improve the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and populations while preparing students to become Christ-centered scholars and global leaders in public health.


Become a Problem Solver By

  • Improving your community’s health
  • Creating solutions that transform the quality of life for the public through environmental health


Study At The Only Adventist  BSPH In Environmental Health Program In The Country

  • Seventh-day Adventists believe that humankind was created in the image of God, thus representing God as His stewards, to rule the natural environment in a faithful and fruitful way.
  • Unfortunately, corruption and exploitation of the Earth's resources have resulted in widespread suffering, environmental disarray, and the threat of climate change. While scientific research needs to continue, it is clear from the accumulated evidence that the increasing emission of destructive gasses, the depletion of the protective mantel of ozone, the massive destruction of the American forests, and the so-called greenhouse effect, are all threatening the earth’s eco-system.
  • Seventh-day Adventists advocate a simple, wholesome lifestyle, where people do not step on the treadmill of unbridled consumerism, goods-getting, and production of waste. We call for respect of creation, restraint in the use of the world’s resources, reevaluation of one’s needs, and reaffirmation of the dignity of created life.

*This statement was approved and voted by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Administrative Committee (ADCOM).



Program Description

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program with Environmental Health concentration is designed for students pursuing a professional degree in the field of Environmental Public Health. This program prepares students for certification as a Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) that qualifies for entry-level positions in the field of environmental health.

The BSPH program in Environmental Health is the first of its kind at the undergraduate level in the Adventist Education System. It is a rigorous yet flexible science-based applied program that prepares students for careers in public health as well as environmental health fields.

Environmental Health is the science and practice of preventing human injury and illness while promoting well-being by a) identifying and evaluating environmental sources and hazardous agents and b) limiting exposures to hazardous physical, chemical, and biological agents in air, water, food and other environmental media or settings that may adversely affect human health.

Our program is recommended for pre-medical, pre-dental students wishing to secure a job while preparing for medical, dental, or physical therapy, physician’s assistant, and pharmacy schools.

This degree provides an excellent foundation for pursuing the online Master of Public Health public (MPH) degree at Andrews University or any MPH degree in general. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024 faster than the average for all occupations.

Learn more about what environmental health specialists do by watching the video produced by the Association of Environmental Health Programs. The mission of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP) is to support environmental health education to assure the optimal health of people and the environment.


Environmental Health Careers from AEHAP on Vimeo.


Total Credits for the BSPH Degree: 125


Major: Core Requirements (18 Credits)

Public Health Core

Course ID Class Credits
PBHL 105 Intro to Public Health 3
PBHL 311 Biostatistics 3
PBHL 321 Epidemiology 3
PBHL 308 Environmental Health 3
PBHL 345 Health Behavior & Chronic Diseases 3
BSAD 380 Health Services Administration 3


Major: Concentration Requirements (32 Credits)

Concentration Requirements:

Course ID Class Credits
FDNT 230 Nutrition 3
PBHL 315 Environmental Toxicology 3
PBHL 320 Water & Air Quality 3
FDNT 310 Nutrition in the Lifecycle 2
HORT 365 Urban Landscape Design 2
PBHL 445 Environmental Sampling & Analysis 2
FDNT 460 Community Nutrition I & Lab 2
FDNT 498 Research Methods 2
PBHL 475 Experiential Activities 2
PBHL 425 Environmental Risk & Policy 2
PBHL 480 Seminar 2

Choose One of the Following:

Course ID Class Credits
AGRI 345 Topics in Environmental Leadership & Sustainability 3
HORT 150 iGrow 3
ENGR 475 Topics in Energy, Sustainability & the Environment 2
ARCH 336 Environmental Technology ll 3


Additional Elective Options:

Course ID Class Credits
ENGR 475 Topics in Alternative Energy 3
FDNT 469 International Nutrition 3
FDNT 485 Nutrition and Metabolism 3
PBHL 415 Bioterrorism and Preparedness 3
ARCH 336 Environmental Technology ll 3


Cognates (37 Credits):

Course ID Class Credits
CHEM 131 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 132 General Chemistry II & Lab 4
PHYS 141 General Physics l & Lab 4
PHYS 142 General Physics ll & Lab 4
BIOL 165 Foundations of Biology l & Lab 5
BIOL 166 Foundations of Biology ll & Lab 5
CHEM 231  Organic Chemistry l 3
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 241 L Organic Chemistry l Lab 1
CHEM 242 L Organic Chemistry ll Lab 1
BIOL 260  General Microbiology & Lab 3


Major: Additional Requirements

Students are expected to complete a professional development portfolio during the BSPH program outlining their goals and accomplishments, including experiential activities conducted at both the public and private public health agencies and organizations.

Experiential Activity

All students are required to complete a cumulative, integrative and scholarly (or applied) experience that serves as a capstone to the educational experience. This can also be an inquiry project. These experiences may include but are not limited to, internships, service learning projects, senior seminars, portfolio projects, and research papers or honors thesis. Exposure to local-level public health professionals and/or agencies that engage in public health practice is encouraged.

REHS Credential

A Professional Credential from National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

Students in the BSPH program in environmental health are eligible to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist certification exam. The REHS is the most prevalent NEHA credential and professionals demonstrate competency in an impressive range of environmental health issues, directing and training personnel to respond to routine or emergency environmental situations, as well as educating community members about environmental health concerns. In addition, REHS credential holders are key members in ensuring that communities are in compliance with local, state and federal environmental health regulations.

For additional information visit their website.


Andrews Core Experience [ACE] (43-44)

Students must take all courses designated in the Professional Degree Requirements of the Andrews Core Experience while noting the following specific requirements:


Course ID Class Credits


RELT 100 God and Human Life 3
PBHL 440 Fundamentals of Spirituality & Ethics in Healthcare 3


Life/Physical Sciences

BIOL 165 Foundations of Biology l & Lab 5
CHEM 131 Gen Chemistry l & Lab Credits 4



MATH 165 College Algebra 3
Math 191 Calculus l 4



FDNT 460  Community Nutrition l & Lab 2


Social Sciences

SOCI 119  Principles of Sociology 3


Admission Requirements


Pre-Professional Program: Pre- BSPH

Prospective Bachelor of Science in Public Health with environmental health concentration students are accepted into the pre BSPH (Non-professional program).

This includes 2 years of introductory professional, science prerequisites, and Andrews Core Experience (ACE) courses which may be obtained at Andrews University or another accredited college or university, or an equivalent institution for international standards. University admission requirements will be used as listed in the bulletin. Students must declare an environmental health concentration at the time of admission.

Professional Program: Bachelor of Science in Public Health

To transition and be accepted into the BSPH professional program, students need to meet the following requirements:

  • Apply to the Director of BSPH in their sophomore year for acceptance by May 1st for the following fall semester.
  • Successfully complete all of the pre-requisites and cognate courses as listed above with a minimum:
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a
    • Cognate GPA of 2.75

Prerequisite Courses:

Course ID Class Credits
CHEM 131 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 132  General Chemistry II & Lab 4
PHYS 141 General Physics l & Lab 4
PHYS 142 General Physics lI & Lab 4
BIOL 165 Foundations of Biology l & Lab 5
BIOL 166 Foundations of Biology Il & Lab 5
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry l 3
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 241 L Organic Chemistry l Lab 1
CHEM 242 L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
BIOL 260  General Microbiology & Lab 3

Graduation Requirements

Graduation is dependent upon the completion of all curriculum requirements for the professional BSPH degree with the maintenance of

  • At least a minimum of overall GPA of 2.85
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all didactic and science courses
  • No grade below C- is accepted for prerequisite and cognate courses (or below a C for didactic courses).
  • At least 125 semester hours are recommended for graduation


Additional Information:


The Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Andrews University is in the process of obtaining accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)


Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910



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Contact Us:

Dr. Padma Tadi Uppala Director of Bachelor of Public Health in Environmental Health Program or 269.471.3043
Dr. Sherine Brown-Fraser Chair, Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness


Korissa Mattson Health Professions Enrollment Coordinator or 269.471.6318