FAQs


Q. Who can join MEHA?

A. Active membership is offered to anyone engaged in environmental health activities for a public or private organization.
Student membership is available to a full-time student working towards a degree in Environmental Health, Public Health, or an associated discipline.  Application

Junior membership may be awarded to a college student in a non-environmental health degree program, or a junior or senior high school student with an interest in environmental health.

Sustaining membership is available to individuals or organizations expressing an interest in MEHA and its objectives.

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Contact MEHA at Sustaining@MEHAonline.org if you have any questions.



Q. Do I have to be a Registered Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian to join MEHA?

A. No. Anyone with an interest in environmental health is welcome to join.



Q. What are the requirements to become a Registered Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian?

A. Applicants for initial registration must have:

1. A baccalaureate or postbaccalaureate degree in environmental health, sanitary science, sanitary engineering, or other related environmental health field which includes at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hour credits in the physical or biological sciences; and

2. At least one year of supervised employment in one or more of the program areas listed in the definition of environmental health contained in the rules (see section above). Supervision must be provided by a registered environmental health specialist/sanitarian, a licensed health professional, or an engineer or other professional with a graduate degree in one of the physical or biological sciences; and

3. Successful completion of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Registration Examination.



Q. What are the annual dues to join MEHA?

A. Active membership is $35.00 per year. Student and junior membership is just $5.00.



Q. What are the benefits of joining a professional organization such as MEHA?

A. As a member you receive a free subscription to the quarterly MEHA Newsletter filled with timely environmental health news, innovative & practical ideas, and information about other MEHA members. Additionally, you will receive discounts on registration fees for MEHA’s educational conferences, including the Annual Spring Conference. A list of upcoming events is available. Membership in MEHA offers a great opportunity to network with other environmental health professionals from around the state and nation!



Q. How do I join a committee in MEHA?

A. MEHA members are encouraged to serve on our many committees. Contact the appropriate committee chair for more information.



Q. Can MEHA help me find a job in environmental health?

A. Job openings are posted on this website when they become announced. But some jobs may be filled without fanfare. By becoming a MEHA member, you can network with other Environmental Health professionals to find employment in industry and government. Attendance at our 3 conferences each year is an excellent way to learn about job opportunities.



Q. Does MEHA provide scholarship monies to environmental health students?

A. MEHA, through the Minnesota Medical Foundation, does provide scholarship monies to selected students enrolled in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. These monetary awards have ranged from a minimum of $500.00 up to a maximum of 5% of the accrued principle as of July 1st each year. To this point, the largest award to an individual has been $1,000.



Q. Is MEHA a not-for-profit organization?

A. Yes. MEHA qualifies as a not-for-profit entity under USC 401c.



Q. Does MEHA get involved in legislative issues?

A. No. As a non-profit organization, MEHA is not permitted to participate in lobbying activities. However, the Legislative Committee monitors proposed legislation that impacts environmental health activities, and keeps members informed about them.



Q. I want to be a MEHA member. Do I have to join NEHA first?

A. No. You may join MEHA separately. However all MEHA members are encouraged to join the National Environmental Health Association for even more benefits! MEHA is the official Minnesota affiliate of NEHA.



Q. How do I find out more about NEHA?

A. Go to the National Environmental Health Association website at www.neha.org



Q. What do Environmental Health Specialists do? What is rewarding about working in this field?

A. An Environmental Health Specialist’s focus is on the relationships with human health and the environment. This may be through inspection and regulations, education, research and partnerships with industry in a variety of discipline areas.. Environmental health specialists work in food safety, hazardous materials control, air pollution, water quality, and a variety of other disciplines. The rewards are that you are helping improve environmental conditions that affect people’s lives and their health and safety!