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Environmental Health Academic Program Accreditation Awards

Accreditation Awards for undergraduate and graduate academic programs helps to increase the number of programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) in the U.S.

Bolstering the number of accredited environmental health degree programs will help to meet the demand for trained environmental health professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018), Occupational Outlook Handbook: Environmental Scientists and Specialists report projects growth of the profession to be faster than average at about 6% in the next 10 years.

Award amounts vary between $5,000 and $10,000 and will be based on the funding need outlined in the application. Selected applications are not guaranteed the full award amount requested, and receipt of award does not guarantee EHAC accreditation.


Any undergraduate or graduate environmental health academic degree program that is eligible for EHAC accreditation is eligible to apply for our Environmental Health Academic Program Accreditation Awards if the program:

  • Has graduated at least 1 class of students from the environmental health degree program for which accreditation is being sought
  • Can commit to seeking accreditation in the 2024-2025 or 2025-2026 accreditation cycle

EHAC Accreditation Readiness documents can be found at Document Library | NEHSPAC.

Application Process

To be selected for an accreditation award, applicants must be willing to:

  • Complete an EHAC Accreditation Readiness document
  • Meet with EHAC staff to discuss the proposed timeline/steps, and return a finalized proposal to NEHA
  • Submit to NEHA a Letter of Commitment to seek accreditation (a form letter will be provided)
  • Submit an Initial EHAC Accreditation Application by October 1, 2024
  • Pay an initial accreditation application fee of $1500 to EHAC by November 1, 2024
  • Enter into a subaward agreement with NEHA to receive award funds

Applications close on August 10, 2024.

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Visit Seek Accreditation | NEHSPAC to learn about EHAC accreditation requirements.

Contact: NEPHIP@neha.org