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Environmental Health Specialist

Environmental Health Specialist

"Practice of environmental health" means consultation, instruction, investigation, inspection, or evaluation by an employee of a city health district, a general health district, the environmental protection agency, the department of health, or the department of agriculture requiring specialized knowledge, training, and experience in the field of environmental health science, with the primary purpose of improving or conducting administration or enforcement under any of the following: (1) Chapter 911., 913., 917., 3717., 3718., 3721., 3729., or 3733. of the Revised Code; (2) Chapter 3734. of the Revised Code as it pertains to solid waste; (3) Section 955.26, 3701.344, 3707.01, or 3707.03, sections 3707.38 to 3707.99, or section 3715.21 of the Revised Code; (4) Rules adopted under former section 3701.34 of the Revised Code pertaining to rabies control or swimming pools; (5) Rules adopted under section 3701.935 of the Revised Code for school health and safety network inspections and rules adopted under section 3707.26 of the Revised Code for sanitary inspections.

The Director of Ohio Department of Health is charged with the following responsibilities mandated by Chapter 4736 of the Ohio Revised Code and Section 4736 of the Ohio Administrative Code:

  • Registration of registration of environmental health specialists and environmental health specialists in training;
  • Approving continuing education for environmental health specialists and environmental health specialists in training;
  • Administering examinations prescribed by section 4736.09 of the Revised Code;
  • Reviewing the educational criteria required under section 4736.08  of the Revised Code; and 
  • Any other matters in the regulation of environmental health specialists and environmental health specialists in training. 

To apply for registration as environmental health specialist or environmental health specialist in training in the state of Ohio, submit your application via the licensure portal.  Please be aware that the licensure portal is not compatible with Explorer.  We recommend the use of Chrome or Firefox to avoid issues when submitting your application. 

Contact Information: 

Environmental Health Specialist Program
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Ohio Department of Health 
246 North High Street 
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 466-1772
E-mail: stephanie.youst@odh.ohio.gov