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Registered Environmental Health Specialist Requirements, Options I - IV

106635. The requirements for registration of environmental health specialists shall be a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a department approved educational institution or an educational institution of collegiate grade listed in the directory of accredited institutions of postsecondary education compiled by the American Council on Education, with coursework prescribed as follows:

Option
Basic Requirements
Experience
Training
Option I
30 semester units of Basic Science coursework including each of the following:
  1. Calculus or 3rd Year College Algebra
  2. General Basic Biological Science Lecture & Laboratory
  3. General Basic Microbiology Lecture & Laboratory
  4. General Basic Inorganic Chemistry Lecture & Laboratory
  5. General Basic Organic Chemistry Lecture & Laboratory OR General Basic Physics Lecture & Laboratory
18 months 600 hours
Option II
45 semester units of Basic Science coursework,
including each of the following* :
  1. Calculus or 3rd Year College Algebra
  2. General Basic Biological Science Lecture
  3. General Basic Microbiology Lecture
  4. General Basic Inorganic Chemistry Lecture
  5. General Basic Organic Chemistry Lecture
  6. General Basic Physics Lecture
  * Three of the required science courses shall include
   a laboratory.
1 Year 450 Hours
Option III 30 semester units of Basic Science coursework, including each of the following:
  1. Calculus or 3rd Year College Algebra
  2. General Basic Biological Science Lecture & Laboratory
  3. General Basic Microbiology Lecture & Laboratory
  4. General Basic Inorganic Chemistry Lecture & Laboratory
  5. General Basic Organic Chemistry Lecture & Laboratory OR General Basic Physics Lecture & Laboratory
AND

Three semester or four quarter units in each of the following:
  1. Epidemiology
  2. Statistics
  3. Public Administration or Environmental Health Administration
AND

10 semester units or 15 quarter units in environmental health science, including one or more of the following: water qualify, waste management, food and consumer protection housing and institution sanitation vector control, recreational health, air quality, milk and dairy products, occupational health, electromagnetic radiation, noise control, toxicology, soil science, or land use development.
9 Months 300 Hours
Option IV 45 semester units of Basic Science coursework, including each of the following*:
  1. Calculus or 3rd Year College Algebra
  2. General Basic Biological Science Lecture
  3. General Basic Microbiology Lecture
  4. General Basic Inorganic Chemistry Lecture
  5. General Basic Organic Chemistry Lecture
  6. General Basic Physics Lecture
*Three of the required science courses shall include a laboratory.
AND
Three semester or four quarter units in each of the following:
  1. Epidemiology
  2. Statistics
  3. Public Administration or Environmental Health Administration
AND
10 semester units or 15 quarter units in environmental health science including one or more of the following: water quality, waste management, food and consumer protection housing and institution sanitation vector control, recreational health, air quality, milk and dairy products, occupational health, electromagnetic radiation, noise control, toxicology, soil science or land use development.
6 Months 200 Hours
Option V Effective January 2013, Option V applicants who possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from an institution approved by the Registration Committee should contact CDPH directly.

Please see Option V Requirements for additional information and instructions.
None
Required
None Required

All basic science coursework including mathematics shall be equal to that acceptable in an approved environmental health degree program.*

*NOTE: A basic science is a course that provides the student an understanding of the fundamental principles of the subject. Science courses must normally be acceptable to a science degree. Courses designed only for liberal arts, general education, or non-science degrees are not acceptable. Remedial mathematics and science courses are not acceptable as meeting the basic science requirements. Credit will not be allowed for more than one course with essentially the same content. The general sciences must be integrative courses that include those principles essential to the overall discipline. The remaining basic science courses may be limited to one or more divisions within the discipline and may be more descriptive in their approach.

College algebra (third-year algebra) is a course for which intermediate algebra or trigonometry shall normally be a prerequisite.

Universities Offering Approved Environmental Health Curriculum in California, Option IV

California State University, Fullerton
Danny Kim, Ph.D Program Coordinator
Health Science Department
PO Box 6870
Fullerton, CA 92834-6870
Telephone: (657) 278-5649
Department: (657) 278-3316 / dannykim@fullerton.edu