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Online Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences

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Cost Per Credit Hour


Application Deadline: August 12, 2024

Fall 1 2024 classes start on August 26, 2024

Understand the Relationship Between the Environment and Human Health

The Online Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences from LSU Online prepares professionals to optimize resources while maintaining environmental health and safety compliance. Students will gain a deep understanding of complex environmental health and safety issues, health regulations and risks. Graduates can find rewarding careers as environmental health leaders in private companies, state agencies and federal agencies.

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Flexible formats allow you to join the LSU community from anywhere.

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Employment in the field is expected to rise 11% through 2026.*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data

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Receive a dedicated coach from application to graduation.

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Total credit hours per program: 12 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $546

Total cost with fees: $6,552

LSU Online offers several ways to help you pay for your degree including credit for prior learning (PLA), financial aid, and veteran education benefits. Learn more.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings

  • ENVS 4101 - Environmental Chemistry | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 4477 - Environmental Toxicology | Credit Hours: 3 OR ENVS 4500 - Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 7112 - Marine Ecotoxicology | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 7700 - Integrated Environmental Issues | Credit Hours: 3

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or the equivalent from a foreign institution with overall GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale.
  • Applicants must have completed Biology, Chemistry, and Statistics. Organic Chemistry is highly recommended.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores of at least 213 (computer), 550 (paper), or 79 (Internet), or IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  • GRE scores are encouraged, but substitutions will be considered for exceptional applicants.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement expressing your interest in the program. In 500 words or less introduce yourself to the faculty, describe your professional and academic goals, and explain how you think our graduate certificate program fits your interests and goals.

Additional information about LSU Graduate admission requirements are located here.

Career Opportunities

  • Health and Safety Specialist
  • Director of Public Health
  • Environmentalist
  • Environmental Health Manager
  • Environmental Specialist

What Will I Learn?

Students who earn an online certificate in environmental health sciences will acquire a deeper knowledge of the correlation between the environment and public health.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Chemical principles applied to the study of the distribution, reactivity and toxicity of chemical species in the environment
  • Introduction to the basic principles of environmental toxicology; applications of these principles in industrial and other job-related environments
  • Marine pollution and toxicology of industrial and non-point sources materials related to ecological risk assessment in costal and marine areas; biological processes and wastes in the ocean; physicochemical processes and wastes in the ocean; laboratory and field techniques in epibiotic, endobiotic and fecal-sestonic habitats
  • Multidisciplinary analysis of a current environmental issue. Discussion of topics from the perspectives of natural science, economics, social science and political science

Why Choose This Program?

Why choose LSU’s online Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences?

Now is the time to join this growing field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to rise 11% through 2026. With LSU’s online certificate in environmental health sciences, you can obtain the knowledge and skill set needed to make a difference in your community and pursue a rewarding career. Our flexible courses and competitive tuition rates help students earn this certificate with less stress.

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