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Environmental Health Training Program (EHTP)

Co-sponsored by the Southern Connecticut State University Department of Public Health and the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. 

Endorsed by:

  • The Connecticut Association of Directors of Health 
  • The Connecticut Environmental Health Association 
  • The Connecticut Public Health Association 

General Information

Please be aware that the course meets every Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the days indicated. On snow days, classes will be held on Fridays at the same place and time. Please note that the courses fees are non-refundable.

Course Dates Cost
Full Course (food, Sewage, & General topic)  January 10 - May 2, 2018 $500.00
Food and Sewage Segments Only January 10 - March 21, 2018 $350.00
Food Protection Segment Only January 10 - February 14, 2018 $175.00
Sewage Disposal Segment Only February 14 - March 21, 2018 $175.00
General Environmental Health Topics Only
(excluding food & sewage)
March 21 - May 2, 2018 $150.00

Registration

How to Register: You must register using CT Train: https://ct.train.org

How To Pay:

By CREDIT CARD (preferred) visit the SCSU MarketPlace store by clicking on the following: Public Health Workshops Or by check: complete payment voucher, print and mail. Check should be made payable to “SCSU-EHTP” and mailed to: 

EHTP
Department of Public Health
Southern Connecticut State University
144 Farnham Avenue
New Haven , CT 06515 

Confirmation of payment will be posted on CT Train following receipt of payment. 


Program Q&A

What exactly is the Environmental Health Training Program (EHTP)?
How will taking the entire course benefit me?
Do I have to take the entire course or can I pick and choose the sections that best meet my needs?
How will taking the Food Sanitation portion of the course benefit me?
After I complete the Food Sanitation part of the course, what else must I do to become certified?
How will taking the Sewage Disposal portion of the course benefit me?
What if I am not presently employed as a sanitarian?
Why is the EHTP course offered at Southern?
When should I register?
Once I have registered what should I do?
Who should I contact with questions?

Q: What exactly is the Environmental Health Training Program (EHTP)?
A: The EHTP course is designed to help prepare and train sanitarians, including those presently and aspiring to be employed in local health departments, in a variety of areas important to the field of environmental health. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, food sanitation, sub-surface sewage disposal, and general environmental health topics such as lead, water, and asbestos.

Q: How will taking the entire course benefit me?
A: In addition to greatly increasing one's knowledge in the area of environmental health, successful completion of the course results in a six-month reduction in the amount of time an individual must be employed in a health department before sitting for the Registered Sanitarian (R.S.) exam. Successful completion of the entire course also makes those aspiring to work in the field more marketable for entering the workforce. 

Also, successful completion of the entire course now qualifies Certified Health Education Specialists for a total of 9 CHES credits. Successful completion of each section qualifies Certified Health Education Specialists for 3 CHES credits. 

Q: Do I have to take the entire course or can I pick and choose the sections that best meet my needs?
A: The EHTP course is designed to meet the needs of its students. Therefore, the entire course or any combination of the three sections offered can be taken. Again, the three sections are Food Sanitation, Sewage Disposal, and General Environmental Health Topics. 

An Important Change in the Food Protection Training Unit in 2018

Because the Connecticut Department of Public Health is adopting the FDA Food Code, a new process for certification of food inspectors will begin in 2018. The EHTP will continue to offer a Food Protection module that will not lead to certification, but will help prepare candidates for the FDA training process.

Answers to the following questions will help prospective participants decide if the Food Protection Unit of the EHTP is right for them.

Q: How will taking the Food Protection portion of the EHTP course benefit me?
A:
Successful completion of the Food Protection module will provide those interested in food protection as a career path with an introduction to the FDA Food Code that Connecticut will be adopting in 2018. Public health professionals—regulators, microbiologists, and epidemiologists—will present critical topics, such as foodborne pathogens, outbreak investigations, how to conduct an inspection, enforcement, ethics, and the new food inspector certification process. Although successful completion of this course is not required for those interested in becoming certified, it provides the foundation of knowledge necessary to begin the certification process.

Q: After I complete the Food Sanitation part of the course, what else must I do to become certified?
A:
The steps to become a Certified Food Inspector in Connecticut is in the process of changing to align with the FDA Retail Food Program Standards in preparation for adoption of the FDA Food Code in 2018. The new Food Inspector certification process will be:

  1. become employed by a local health department in Connecticut;
  2. complete the requisite online FDA training courses;
  3. receive training from a Food Inspection Training Officer in a local health department and conduct the required number of training inspections;
  4. complete field standardization with the Connecticut Department of Public Health Food Protection Program Field Standardization Officer; and
  5. receive certification from the Commissioner of Health.

Please note:  While anyone can take the Food Protection course, candidates for food inspector certification must possess a bachelor's degree and be employed by a local health department. In lieu of the education requirement, three years of experience in a regulatory food protection program, acceptable to the Connecticut Department of Public Health Food Protection Program, may be approved. Candidates for field certification shall not be involved in the ownership or management of a food establishment located within their jurisdiction. Please call the Connecticut Department of Public Health Food Protection Program at (860) 509-7396 if you have any questions regarding the Food Protection module of the EHTP or the food inspector certification process. 

Q: How will taking the Sewage Disposal portion of the course benefit me?
A: Successful completion of the Sewage Disposal portion of this course shall meet the requirements for Phase 1 Certification by the Connecticut Department of Public Health for those employed in local health departments. 

Q: What if I am not presently employed as a sanitarian?
A: Those not employed by a local health department may complete the whole course or selected parts and sit for respective exams. Sewage certification and credit for the food sanitation classroom requirement become active for you when you are hired by a local health department and the health director makes a request to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. 

Q: Why is the EHTP course offered at Southern?
A: The Connecticut Department of Public Health specifically picked Southern as the site to offer the EHTP course. Such a comprehensive offering is not found anywhere else in Connecticut. 

Q: When should I register?
A: Register as soon as possible. Space is limited. 

Q: Once I have registered what should I do?
A: Upon receiving your registration, we will post your confirmation on CT Train and will also include the exact location of the sessions, directions, and practical information on other topics including parking. 


  Contact Information

Questions regarding the Environmental Health Training Program should be referred to:
Dr. William G. Faraclas, Director, EHTP
c/o Manish Watts
Department of Public Health
Southern Connecticut State University
Tel: (203) 392 - 6966
Fax: (203) 392 - 6965
Email: wattsm2@owls.southernct.edu

Questions regarding the Food Sanitation portion of the course should be referred to:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Cynthia Costa (860) 509-7396 or cynthia.costa@ct.gov 

Questions regarding the Sewage Disposal portion of the course should be referred to:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Amanda Clark (860) 509-7368. Email: amanda.clark@ct.gov

All other questions should be referred to:
Manish Watts
Department of Public Health
Southern Connecticut State University
Tel: (203) 392-6966
Fax : ( 203) 392-6965
Email: wattsm2@owls.southernct.edu