Human Health and the Environment Degree – Paul Smith’s College

Earn a Human Health and the Environment degree at Paul Smith’s College to further your path toward the perfect job or career.

Human Health & the Environment

Just as our actions and choices affect the environment, the health of the planet influences our personal health and well-being.

Human health is intimately linked to the health of the environment. Due to rapidly increasing impacts on our planet, threats to human health are escalating.  Among these threats are an increasing incidence of cancer caused by pollution of air, land and water and outbreaks of infectious disease caused by habitat disruption.

The Human Health and the Environment Program focuses on training students in the science of human biology as it relates to environmental impacts on human health and offers an integrated approach to help humans thrive on this rapidly changing planet.

Environmental Health professionals are concerned with ensuring safety of what we eat, drink, breathe and touch. They study effects of environmental contaminants on human health, and they monitor and respond to outbreaks of disease.  This program offers a unique perspective on humans as part of our ecosystem, and promotes a much-needed holistic approach to maintaining and preserving human health.

Focus on human health and the environment is an important part of our history.  Edward Livingston Trudeau came to Paul Smith’s to “cure” from tuberculosis, and nearby Saranac Lake became home to the famous “fresh air” cure.  Today, the Adirondack region is a popular destination for those wishing to restore their connection with the natural world.

You will study among students with a shared interest in preserving our environment to:

  • Understand how toxins affect living things
  • Explore why outbreaks of infectious diseases occur
  • Connect ecological change to impacts on humans
  • Design and participate in studies to investigate threats to human health
  • Develop solutions to environmental health issues
Key Facts
  • B.S. degree
  • 120 credit hours (minimum required)

Pairs well with:

  • GIS minor
  • Chemistry minor
  • EMT, OSHA Certification
Career Options
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Food and Water Safety
  • Environmental Health Education
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Health and Wellness


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