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.
The Environmental Health Sciences department has an articulation agreement with the California Department of Public Health which allows EHS MPH graduates to sit for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) exam after graduation. Students interested in completing the requirements for REHS will need to take specific electives and core requirements while in the program. Requirements are listed below. Interested students are advised to set up a meeting with the EHS Internship Coordinator, Azadeh Terceman as soon as possible after matriculating to UCLA, preferably fall quarter of the first year.
Note that this program is only for EHS MPH students. MS and doctoral students in the EHS department will need to work directly with the California Department of Public Health on their eligibility to sit for the REHS exam.
*Once an individual becomes an REHS (for MPH students in the REHS track this is after graduation and after the exam is passed), certification must be maintained by taking continuing education (CE) courses. The Southern California Education and Research Center (SCERC) at UCLA provides many CE courses that are authorized for REHS continuing education contact hours. Some of the courses are listed on the SCERC website.