Celebrating 50 years of environmental public health at CSU

collage of studentsFor half a century, the CSU Environmental Public Health undergraduate program has prepared students for a career in the branch of public health that studies how biological, chemical, and physical factors in natural and built environments affect human health.

This training helps prevent injury and disease by managing environmental hazards and promoting healthier air, water, soil, homes, workplaces, and communities. Students practice identifying, assessing, and mitigating hazards in a variety of environmental sites and industries using virtual reality technology.

The program is accredited by the National Environmental Health, Science and Protection Accreditation Council, the only non-profit organization in the United States that accredits stand-alone Environmental Health Academic Programs.

Join the party

Dr. Dave Gilkey
Dr. Dave Gilkey

This two-day celebration April 13-14 at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins features updates on the Environmental Public Health undergraduate program as well opportunities to provide feedback and connect with students, alumni, faculty and staff during networking and breakout sessions and an evening social. Also included will be optional tours of the CSU campus, Anheuser Busch and Canvas Stadium. Register by April 8.

Two beloved former professors will return to campus for the event.

Dr. Ken Blehm
Dr. Ken Blehm

Dr. David Gilkey was director of CSU’s Environmental Public Health undergraduate program from 2002-2015 and he taught introductory environmental health classes as well as water quality, ergonomics, and emergency preparedness & response. His infectious enthusiasm and encouragement led many students to study Environmental Public Health.

Dr. Ken Blehm will return to say “good day, young colleagues” and share memories of his 37-year tenure as an icon in CSU’s Environmental Public Health undergraduate program. No word on whether he will rock a turtleneck.



Thursday April 13

8-9 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast

9-10 a.m. Welcome, 50-year retrospect and future vision

10-noon Breakout sessions

Noon-1:30 p.m. Luncheon

1:30-3 p.m. Alumni-only networking event

3-4 p.m. Student-alumni networking event

4:30-6 p.m. Break

6-10 p.m. Student social, Agave Room at the Rio

Friday April 14

9-11 Breakout sessions

1-3 p.m. Tours: campus, CSU stadium, Anheuser Busch

3-5 p.m. Check out, pick up gift, photo booth at Hilton