Department of Environmental Health Sciences


In addition to degree programs the Environmental Health Sciences department offers the following training and certificate programs. 




The Environmental Health Science Department has a certificate program in the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS). A person certified in REHS works to improve the quality of life and health through environmental education, consultation, and enforcement. Although a majority of those who are REHS-certified work for government, many are also employed by the private sector. Some typical program responsibilities include food protection, land use, recreational swimming, onsite sewage disposal, drinking water, housing, vector control, disaster sanitation, and solid waste and hazardous materials management. Typical duties of a REHS in local government include inspections of various facilities such as food establishments, public swimming pools, community drinking water systems, landfills, and underground storage tanks in order to determine compliance with federal, state, and local statutes, regulations, and ordinances.


Upon arrival to the UCLA EHS department, students will have the opportunity to work with the Internship Coordinator, Courtney Klipp, to determine what pre-requisites they have met and will need to meet in the future. Scientific Requirements for REHS Certification (PDF).


The first critical step in completing the requirements in the REHS is the completion of an MPH or MSc with the EHS Department. By obtaining an REHS certificate students will enhance their marketability as they enter into the field of environmental health sciences.


For more information about the State of California’s REHS program, please visit Please also see FAQs (PDF).




The UCLA Global Health Training Program was established in 2005 as a joint NIH-UCLA initiative aimed at expanding capacity for global health research, education and service in order to reduce health disparities worldwide. The approach is multidisciplinary integrating social, behavioral, cultural, epidemiologic, biologic, economic and political aspects of health. The UCLA Global Health Training Program became recognized in 1998 as part of the larger UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health.
For more information about the global health certificate, link here:





California Public Health Laboratory Director Training Program: LabAspire offers the California Public Health Laboratory Director Training Program through the School of Public Health on the UCLA campus to provide preparation for future Public Health Directors and leaders. This program is for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows interested in a career as a public health laboratory director and includes training in microbiology, business, and molecular biology."

For more information about LabAspire, visit For more information about the UCLA Laboratory Director Training Program, please visit or contact: Dr. Sydney M. Harvey at





The Leaders in sustainability certificate program is aimed at graduate students (masters and doctoral) who will become decision-makers in various types of organizations (businesses, non-profits, governmental, etc) and who will have to address the three dimensions of sustainability. The emphasis is open to all graduate students at UCLA. Currently there are over 40 students participating in the program from departments as diverse as the Anderson School of Management, the School of Law, the School of Public Affairs, the School of Public Health, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Arts & Architecture, Geography, Economics, and others.

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