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Basic Environmental Health Program (BEHP)

The Basic Environmental Health Program (BEHP) is an introductory training program designed to equip entry level environmental health personnel with the basic knowledge, skills and abilities needed to develop competency in their initial and future duties. The BEHP is recognized as the health training course approved by the State Health Department pursuant to Part 11 of the State Sanitary Code for individuals employed in Public Health Sanitarian and Technician titles in New York State.
There are no registration or tuition fees.

Registration for this program is currently closed. Information about future programs will be added to this site when it becomes available.  

In-person classes & Webinars:

  • Introduction to Public Health in NYS (PH 101)2
  • Public Health Microbiology (PH 103A)2
  • Communicable Disease Control (PH 103B)2 (Webinar)
  • Zoonosis (PH 103C)
  • Insects as Disease Vectors (PH 103D)
  • Indoor Air (EH 104A)
  • Radiation Health (EH 104C)
  • Contaminated Sites (EH 104D)
  • Basic Concepts in Pest Management (EH 105A-Webinar)
  • Testimony and Enforcement in NYS (EH 106)
  • Bureau of Community Environmental Health and Food Protection (BCEHFP) Programs (EH 107)1
  • Body Art (BCEHFP) (EH 107A.1 Webinar)
  • Tobacco Enforcement (BCEHFP)(EH 107A.2 Webinar)
  • Lead & Healthy Neighborhoods (BCEHFP) (EH 107A.3 Webinar)
  • Concepts of Water Supply Protection (EH 109)3
  • Confined Space Awareness Training (DOH -CS 100 - Webinar)
1 Completion of Field Epidemiology online course, PH 103A and PH 103B are recommended before taking EH 107.

2 PH 101: Introduction to PH in NYS, PH 103A: PH Microbiology and PH 103B: Communicable Disease Control each have a prerequisite on-line course. The links are below.

3 Completion of PH 103A before taking EH 109

For more information on webinars see the links on the right hand side of this page.

Online Courses:

Orientation to Public Health
This course must be completed before attending PH 101: Introduction to NYS Public Health.

Field Epidemiology
This course must be completed before attending PH 103B: Communicable Disease.

  • Field Epidemiology online course will be waived with a transcript of an MPH or an undergraduate/graduate course in epidemiology and/or biostatistics

Microbiology: An Introduction
This course must be completed before attending PH 103: Microbiology.

Public Health Assessment Overview I and II (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry)
These two online modules will satisfy the requirements for EH 104B: Risk Assessment.

*Practicing Cross-Cultural Communication
(please complete one module - a, b, c or d)

*Exploring Cross-Cultural Communication

*Introduction to the Incident Command System (FEMA IS 100.A)

*ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (FEMA IS 200.A)

*National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction (FEMA IS 700.A)

If you have previously completed any of the on-line courses listed above (especially IS 100 & 200 and NIMS 700), please submit your certificate of completion – you do not have to retake the course(s).

*These courses should be completed before the end of the program. In order to receive credit for these online courses you must print and fax your certificate of completion to 518-402-1137.

Field Exercises

EH 107 and EH 109 have field exercises that must be completed prior to attending the courses. EH 108 is an elective field exercise. These exercises can be found at the links on the right hand side of this page. Please also review the field exercise guidance document before conducting your field exercise.


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BEHP Resources

Student Progress Sheet

Field Exercises

Field Exercise Guidelines

Food Service Field Exercise

Pool Field Exercise

Sanitary Survey of PUblic Water Supply Field Exercise

Elective Field Exercise


Webinar Quick Guide

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