What is Environmental Health?

Environmental Health and You
Control of environmental conditions is becoming increasingly important to protect and maintain our health and sense of well-being. Environmental Health is the field of public health which is concerned with management of these environmental conditions.   An Environmental Health Specialist, or “sanitarian” is a public health professional who protects public health from detrimental conditions in the environment through education, consultation, and regulation. ¬†Environmental Health Specialists are college graduates with training in public health, sanitary science, or one of the physical sciences. ¬†An Environmental Health Specialist works with other professionals in their community to provide a safe and healthy environment. After one year of environmental health experience, an Environmental Health Specialist is eligible to take a written examination for professional registration as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian (REHS or RS) by the State of Minnesota.

Environmental Health Specialists Provide Expertise in:

  • Asbestos
  • Beaches and Recreational Waters
  • Climates and Health
  • Consultation
  • Disasters and Emergencies
  • Education
  • Food Service Sanitation and Food Safety
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • Meth Lab programs
  • Public Health Nuisance Control and Housing
  • Public Swimming Pools
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Radon
  • Recreational and Lodging Facilities
  • Schools, Day Care Centers, and other Institutions
  • Sewage Treatment and Disposal
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste
  • Water Supplies and Water Quality
  • Xray