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Hart Joins College to Develop First Undergraduate Environmental Health Program

Posted Aug. 2, 2012
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In the course of his 35-year career in environmental and occupational health and safety, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Hart, MA ’80, has done and seen it all.  Now he’s come home to Kent State to share his wealth of real-world experience with undergraduate students in the College of Public Health’s environmental health program.   “I’m really excited to be part of a program from the start and to help develop the curriculum,” says Hart.  “Our courses will have a considerable field component to them – we’ll see things, do things, use equipment, get out of the classroom,” he says.   “We’ll be giving students an appreciation for working within the community with other professionals on a whole host of interrelated problems involving technical aspects of environmental health, along with economic feasibility, sociological impact and political acceptability,” he says.  In addition to developing undergraduate environmental health curriculum and courses, Hart will be helping to create continuing education courses, for example, a preparation course for those desiring to take the Ohio State Board of Sanitarian Registration exam.  “It’s a very difficult board exam, and continuing education will make it easier to pass it the first time,” explains Hart.  “Some in sanitation have a science background, but they lack the specific environmental health knowledge that our continuing education course will address,” he says.  “In addition, some are working in a particular branch of the field, such as food inspection, but need to learn about sewage, waste and hazardous materials for the exam.”