AEHAP - Our History

AEHAP was formed in 1999 by leaders within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), members of the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC), faculty from EHAC accredited programs and environmental health professionals who were all concerned with a severe national shortage of highly trained environmental health professionals. The group created AEHAP to serve as an administrative and recruitment arm to EHAC and to serve as a major force in increasing the environmental health workforce.

This team of individuals convened a meeting which launched the organization forming a board of directors, bylaws and programs. Today, AEHAP is primarily supported through a Cooperative Agreement with CDC.

Accomplishments

Each year, AEHAP tracks the progress and needs of the environmental health degree programs accredited by EHAC. AEHAP collects and analyzes data submitted by accredited programs via an online survey. This survey identifies enrollment rates, graduation rates, diversity trends and more. As of January, 2016, there are 30 EHAC accredited undergraduate programs and 9 graduate programs for a total of 39 EHAC accredited programs in the country. You can view a list of accredited programs at: http://aehap.org/aehap-member-programs

Based on the data submitted by the EHAC programs, the following trends were identified:

Enrollment

  • Undergraduate enrollment increased from 1,353 in 2014 to 1,458 in 2015, an 8% increase.
  • For the 2014-2015 academic year, 1,458 undergraduate students and 289 graduate students were enrolled for a total of 1,747 students which is an increase of 4% as compared to 1,683 students enrolled in the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • The 2014-2015 undergraduate enrollment rate is 7% above the 10 year enrollment average.
  • Graduate student enrollment increased by 11% from 260 graduates in the 2013-2014 academic year to 289 graduates in the current academic year.

Graduation Rates

  • 359 undergraduate students and 77 graduate students graduated for a total of 436 graduates. This is a decrease of 18% as compared to the previous year graduation rate of 534.
  • Undergraduate graduation rates decreased by 17% from 435 in the 2013-2014 academic year to 359 in the current academic year.
  • The graduate student graduation rate decreased by 22% from 99 in the 2013-2014 academic year to 77 in the current academic year.
  • The 5-year average graduation rate for undergraduate students is 381.4 (2011-2015).
  • The 5-year average graduation rate for graduate students is 76.8 (2011-2015).

 

Diversity Trends

  • There was a 91% increase in minority student enrollment since the academic year 2005-2006.
  • Currently, 38% of students enrolled in EHAC accredited programs are minorities. This represents a 5% decrease as compared to the previous year’s minority student enrollment rate.