What is EHAC?
EHAC stands for the National Environmental Health, Science and Protection Accreditation Council. EHAC is the only non-profit organization in the United States that accredits stand-alone Environmental Health Academic Programs. EHAC accredits programs providing applied, STEM based professional degree programs. EHAC accreditation is well respected nation and worldwide for three major reasons:
- Scientific, STEM based rigor of accreditation requirements
- Practice-based internship requirement for all graduates
- High rate of employment and compensation upon graduation
EHAC requires a firm educational foundation in the natural sciences of biology, chemistry, physics and geology. This combined with a requirement for the completion of a practical, hands-on internship results in graduates that are well prepared to immediately enter the environmental health workforce or continue their academic journeys.
Why Accredit? Because EHAC accreditation is of significant value to your students and graduates, making your Environmental Health Program highly attractive to prospective students and future graduates.
Quote from Lana Glore, R.S. and Director of a local health department in Ohio regarding an EHAC accredited program: "As one of the few remaining accredited Environmental Health programs in Ohio we value what you are doing for the Registered Sanitarian profession."
Benefits of Accreditation
STUDENT Benefits of Attending an EHAC Accredited School:
- Eligibility to participate in the US Public Health Service (USPHS) sponsored JRCOSTEP internship program.
- Exclusive access two valuable internships: the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) and the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP).
- Eligibility to compete for scholarships and internships provided by AEHAP and NSF International.
GRADUATE Benefits of Attending an Accredited School:
- Graduation from an accredited program is required to enter the US Public Health Service (USPHS) and US Army and Navy Environmental Science and Engineering careers.
- Graduates of EHAC accredited programs meet the criteria to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) upon graduation.
Quote from CAPT Alan Parham, Chief Professional Officer, Environmental Health Officer Category, U.S. Public Health Service.
“Environmental Health Officers have served a vital role in the United States Public Health Services (USPHS) Commissioned Corps to protect and promote the health of the Nation since 1943. Now more than ever it is critical that the USPHS Commission Corps be able to recruit and retain highly qualified Environmental Health practitioners. For many years, the USPHS has recognized that students graduating from EH programs accredited under the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) are uniquely prepare to become leaders in the field of Environmental Health and the USPHS Commissioned Corps. Students from EHAC accredited Environmental Health programs are highly sought after for our Commission Officer Student Extern Training Program (COSTEP) as well as for commissioning in the USPHS after graduating.”
EHAC is celebrating 50 years of accreditation of applied, STEM based professional degrees. The first accredited program was East Tennessee State University's EH Undergraduate degree in 1969!!
In celebration of EHAC's first accredited program in 1969, EHAC Program Directors were asked to select graduates of their programs that have experienced significant success in their Environmental Health careers. Program Directors more than answered the call with graduate success ranging from a Rear Admiral with the Indian Public Health Service and Directors of Public Health Departments nationwide, to Environmental Health Inspectors to a founder of an EH compliance and consultation business. EHAC graduates have found satisfying, meaningful and lucrative careers as a result of their rigorous EHAC accredited education, as well as, the extraordinary mentorship of EHAC Program Directors and faculty.
Click HERE to read Lindsay Davis' (Colorado State University - 2011), RADM Richie K. Grinnell's (East Central University) EH stories and many more EH career stories from 50 years of EH graduates of EHAC accredited programs.
Lindsay Davis -
Colorado State University - 2011