What is EHAC and why should your Environmental Health Program care?

EHAC stands for the National Environmental Health, Science and Protection Accreditation Council. EHAC is the only non-profit organization in the United States that accredits stand-alone Environmental Health Academic Programs. EHAC accreditation is well respected nation and worldwide for two major reasons:

  • Scientific rigor of requirements
  • Practice-based internship requirement for all graduates

EHAC requires a firm educational foundation in the natural sciences of biology, chemistry, physics and geology. This combined with a requirement for the completion of a practical, hands-on internship results in graduates that are well prepared to immediately enter the environmental health workforce or continue their academic journeys.

Why Accredit?  Because EHAC accreditation is of significant value to your students and graduates, making your Environmental Health Program highly attractive to prospective students and future graduates.

Benefits of Accreditation

STUDENT Benefits of Attending an EHAC Accredited School:

  • Eligibility to participate in the US Public Health Service (USPHS) sponsored JRCOSTEP internship program.
  • Exclusive access two valuable internships: the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) and the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP).
  • Eligibility to compete for scholarships and internships provided by AEHAP and NSF International.

GRADUATE Benefits of Attending an Accredited School:

  • Graduation from an accredited program is required to enter the US Public Health Service (USPHS) and US Army and Navy Environmental Science and Engineering careers.
  • Graduates of EHAC accredited programs meet the criteria to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) upon graduation.


EHAC launches new website to better facilitate communication with currently accredited and prospective programs. All relevant information for currently accredited programs can be found on the homepage under the headings “Maintaining Accreditation” and “Document Library) and specific program documents (self-studies, self-study reviews, etc.) are still found in the “log in” section of the website. General information for perspective programs and other documents are found on the homepage under the headings “Why EHAC”, “Seeking Accreditation” and in the “Documents Library”. Please have a look around our new website to familiarize yourself with its layout and resources.

A major addition to our website will be a searchable database available to accredited programs. The database will contain information related to faculty, courses taught, research interests and online environmental degree and course offerings. We will eventually be creating an internship and information sharing tool on the website to facilitate communication among our member programs so everyone can find out who is doing what in the environmental health education world!