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UMGC Offers New B.S. in Environmental Health and Safety

Liz Connolly-Bauman
By Liz Connolly-Bauman
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Adelphi, Md. (July 18, 2023)— The environmental consulting industry is projected to see more than $26 billion in revenue by 2028, according to IBIS World, which provides analysis of the sector. University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is ready.

In August, UMGC launches a new Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety (ENHS) degree. It is also unveiling a minor in environmental health and safety for students pursuing other degrees.

“All organization these days need environmental health and safety professionals for various reasons,” said Sabrina Fu, PhD, director of the university’s Environmental Science and Management Program. “The courses in our program cover everything from hazardous substance and toxicology to risk assessment to ergonomics to incident response. You can imagine that with increasing extreme weather, such as hurricanes, as well as concerns about workplace health, these courses are relevant to a diverse set of organizations and roles in these organizations.”

Fu said students will complete assignments that are modeled after real-world management activities. The goal is to help them build a virtual portfolio. Examples of those assignments include:


·       generating a hazard communication program;

·       producing a human health or ecological risk assessment;

·       designing the framework for an emergency and business continuity plan;

·       developing a life safety and fire prevention plan;

·       making a management of change policy and procedure;

·       creating a worker training program based on a gap and needs analysis;

·       auditing an environmental management system; and

·       constructing a professional development plan.  


As of this year, there are more than 158,000 people employed in the environmental consulting industry in the United States. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 14,500 job openings on average each year for occupational health and safety specialists and technicians.

In 2024, UMGC also plans to introduce several certificates in environmental health and safety.

Visit for more information and to register for the ENHS degree.

About University of Maryland Global Campus
University of Maryland Global Campus was founded more than 75 years ago specifically to serve the higher education needs of working adults and military servicemembers. Today, UMGC is the largest provider of postsecondary education in Maryland and continues its global tradition with online and hybrid courses, more than 175 classroom and service locations worldwide and more than 125 degrees and certificates backed by the reputation of a state university and the University System of Maryland. For more information, visit