Global Health Protection

Is the global health protection major right for you (formerly environmental health science)?

Fairbanks School of Public Health

All aspects of our environment, whether natural or human-made, have an impact on our health. When our bodies interact with our physical surroundings, many diseases and health conditions can manifest; we see this when children and adults develop asthma from poor-quality air or when people get sick from contaminated food. Global health protection professionals work to improve public health by identifying, tracking, and addressing environmental risk factors. They go by many titles, including environmental health practitioner, environmental health officer, and public health official. Prevention is a key focus of global health protection. Global health protection specialists perform research, educate the public, help develop and implement public policy, improve the practices of businesses and the government, and create new technologies to help make our world cleaner and safer.

Global health protection is a great fit for individuals who are team players with a strong interest in science, a commitment to the public welfare, and an ability to see the big picture. It is also perfect for students looking to go on to professional programs like medicine and dentistry—and having a background in public health will really set you apart from the crowd!

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Global health protection Fall 2018 and beyond
Environmental health scienceFall 2017–summer 2018
Environmental health scienceFall 2014–summer 2015

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Global health protection

Get admitted to the Fairbanks School of Public Health

Admission requirements

  • Have an IU GPA of 2.5 or higher and a previous semester GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Complete the online application; select Updating My Major
  • Email the FSPH advisors Leah Jansen or Kayla Rinker if you have questions

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Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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