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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.

The next offering of the BEHP is scheduled to occur in the Winter of 2018 at the UAlbany, School of Public Health in Rensselaer, NY. The program will begin in January and run through March. To register for the program please visit www.nylearnsph.com and follow this registration guide.

For directions to the UAlbany School of Public Health click here.

For more information about the program itself, please review the Program Requirements tab above.

The Basic Environmental Health Program (BEHP) uses a blended learning approach which includes in-person classes, webinars, webcasts, and online courses. Although all individuals are welcome to complete any of these courses, first priority will be given to local and state health department personnel who are employed in Public Health Sanitarian and Technician titles. Other public health staff will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Winter 2018 Overview

Winter 2018 Calendar

Program Requirements:
In-person classes
Completion of exam
Online Courses

The following documents will assist you with accessing and completing the program requirements.

Webinar Frequently Asked Questions

Online Exam and Evaluation Instructions


Program Handouts and Resources by Class


Visit the sites below to find additional training related to environmental health.

Health Concerns of Harmful Algal Blooms - Archived webinar March 2015

Empire State Public Health Training Center - free, self-paced online courses

Public Health Live - free webcasts on current public health topics

CPHP E-learning Center - free, self-paced online courses

New York State Department of Health Learning Management System Calendar - upcoming training events for local and state health department employees

CDC Environmental Health Workforce Development Training