Accreditation indicates an academic program has been found to have the curriculum, faculty, facilities, and institutional support necessary to provide quality education in a particular area of study or practice. For environmental health science and protection programs, the three most recognized accrediting bodies are the:
- National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC);
- American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET); and,
- Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH)
Only students graduating from a school or program accredited by one of these organizations are eligible to participate in the Commission Officer Student Extern Training Program (COSTEP) of the U. S. Public Health Service. Graduation from an accredited program is also a requirement to enter the US Public Health Service as an Environmental Health Officer (https://dcp.psc.gov/osg/eho/), and for appointments in some of the other uniformed services of the United States. These federal jobs offer excellent benefits and exciting opportunities for EHAC graduates. (The current Environmental Health Officer appointment standards can be found athttp://www.usphs.gov/profession/environmental/requirements.aspx.)
In addition, many states recognize graduation from an accredited program as attaining a specific standard needed to become registered environmental health specialists or sanitarians.
Accredited programs or programs seeking accreditation are also eligible for grants from the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (www.aehap.org).