Environmental and Health Studies

Are you concerned with the impacts of human actions on the environment and on human health and ways of life? Do you want to understand the challenges our contemporary world faces and contribute to improving our surroundings, ourselves and our society? Majoring in Environmental and Health Studies will provide you with a solid grasp of increasingly important environmental, bio-medical and health-related issues within the context of a broader liberal arts education. Through its multidisciplinary approach, it is excellent preparation for further studies in environmental sciences, law and education, and for a great variety of careers from health administration, medicine, government and the corporate world.

Career Options in Environmental and Health Studies

This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers an Environmental and Health Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Environmental and Health Studies than others.

  • Author
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Community Worker
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Demographer
  • Doctor
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Environmental Activist
  • Filmmaker
  • Freelance Writer
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Administrator
  • Health Care Worker
  • Historian
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Institutional Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legislative Aid
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Correspondent
  • Mediator
  • Non-profit Sector Administrator
  • Nurse
  • Paralegal
  • Political Advisor
  • Politician
  • Population Studies Analyst
  • Press Agent
  • Public Affairs Reporter
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Policy Researcher
  • Radio Host
  • Sociologist
  • Speech Writer
  • Statistician
  • Teacher
  • Urban Planner

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through an Environmental and Health Studies Degree

A background in Environmental and Health Studies ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.

Core Environmental and Health Studies Skills

  • An understanding of the societal dilemmas created by continued human expansion
  • Interdisciplinary understanding of the environmental concerns and the health risks associated with the growth of human civilization
  • Exposure to contemporary environmental, health and ecological concepts and debated issues
  • A comprehensive introduction to environmental and health research and research methods

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements and written opinion pieces
  • Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
  • The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas

Management and Teamwork

  • The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project's intended and successful end result
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing an industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.