The EPH program attracts a diverse group of students, with varying academic backgrounds and professional experiences. Some of these students begin the program right out of the college, while others take it later in life to achieve a career change. Whatever the reason and whatever their background, each student has one thing in common: EPH changed their lives and helped them launch a new, successful career. If you are interested in taking your life in a new direction, please consider applying today!
“I am incredibly grateful for having gotten the opportunity to take the EPH course. It provided me with an abundance of knowledge spanning a variety of topics such as epidemiology, microbiology, soil science, food safety, and so much more. Furthermore, it helped me find placement as an intern at the Passaic County Department of Health where I got hands on training and the chance to build connections with wonderful people who are experts in their field. Shortly after, I landed a job as a full time REHS at a local health department, where I find myself constantly growing and building upon the knowledge I gained as a student in the course. Without the EPH course, none of this would have been possible.”
“I would recommend the Rutgers EPH course because it imparts the knowledge and opportunity to become a well-rounded licensed REHS. EPH reinforces the concepts necessary to operate effectively in the field, offering a new educational experience in its intensity, pace, practicality, and connection to direct fieldwork. In particular, septic systems as a topic seemed important for the licensing exam and food law had the most practical use in the field.
“The field training component provided all of the knowledge and experience I needed to understand the role of an REHS. The EPH course [has proven] to be a worthwhile investment.”
“The EPH program was an informative, educating, and intense experience that was well worth the effort. EPH definitely prepared me for working in public health as it covered a variety of topics relevant to the daily life of an REHS. The instructors were very helpful and the EPH staff was very well organized, strict with time management, understanding, and hands on. William Manley’s lectures on retail food establishments were very engaging and I was able to apply what I learned in the class to real life situations. This topic also helped me during my internship when I performed inspections and wrote reports.
“EPH gave me a better understanding of the importance of public health, and gave me an opportunity to use both my degree and what I learned in the program towards a new career path.”
“It’s a great feeling when you find a career path you’re passionate about. The EPH program enabled me to achieve that. The program is highly engaging and interesting with many different topics that I simply could not have learned elsewhere. The coursework, field training, and sheer caliber of the professors, are unmatched. EPH is intensive and challenging but success is achievable with hard work and dedication.
“A unique feature of the EPH program is the support offered by the professors and the Office of Continuing Professional Education; they provide an unbelievably supportive atmosphere to learn and excel as a future REHS. I would recommend this program to those who want a life-long career in an exciting field. Completing the EPH program was by far one of the best decisions I have made, and I am looking forward to starting my career as an REHS. Overall, EPH is an amazing opportunity and worth every penny.”
“The EPH program at Rutgers University has given me the confidence to pursue a career path in public health. The course provided professional insight into many different areas of public and environmental health including septic, pool, and restaurant inspections. Not only can I use this knowledge to become a public health inspector, I can also explore opportunities in consulting.
“My internship experience was a wonderful introduction into the daily routine of a county health department. The inspectors I worked with were enthusiastic about sharing the knowledge from their many years of professional experience. I now feel confident in pursuing a new direction and look forward to my career in public health. I would strongly recommend the EPH program to anyone who is looking to start or make a meaningful career change.”
“Although I have worked in the health and safety field, the Rutgers University EPH course was valuable in teaching the principles of investigating environmental and public health issues along with communicating findings to the public. The instructors taught us how to approach clients as educators and to encourage them to comply with regulations for the benefit of themselves and the public. Motivating individuals to comply with public health rules can be a challenge if regulations are misunderstood. I now have the confidence to successfully convey that information and feel like I am benefiting the environment and the whole community.”
“I would absolutely recommend EPH to anyone who has a passion for public health and the environment! The EPH program is very intense, with 7 weeks of full-time classes and weekly tests, so dedication is essential. Yet it is a very worthwhile experience. The topics most indispensable for me were microbiology, soil, water quality, food safety and public recreational bathing.
“The field-training component of the EPH class brought the classroom lessons together and exposed me to a number of different professional experiences. I’m extremely grateful for the time and effort of the REHSs who guided me through the internship training. I firmly believe that the money and time I spent in the EPH course were an amazing investment in myself. I am confident that the EPH class will open many exciting career opportunities in my future.”
“The EPH course is an invaluable tool. I thought that I could have taken the REHS exam without the course, but after completing the first week of the course, I knew that idea was folly. There are so many topics that an REHS needs to understand, which the regular college curriculum just does not cover. This course also provides exposure to professionals in the fields of soils, microbiology, pest control, hazardous wastes, and food protection, among many others. The connections you make with fellow classmates are lifelong, extending from friendships to future colleagues.
“This course has led to numerous job opportunities for me, including Quality Control Technician at FreshDirect, LLC and numerous Health Departments. I am currently under contract with Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission as an REHS and I have the EPH course, the outstanding professors and the great learning experience they provided to thank for that.”