This programme provides an accredited pathway for science-based graduates to become environmental health practitioners. It is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) as meeting its core curriculum requirements.
Entry on to the courses requires a science based honours degree (2:2 minimum).
Food Safety Control (30 credits)
Consideration of all measures needed to ensure the safety and wholesomeness of food at all stages from growth, through production, manufacture and retail until it reaches the consumer.
Food Safety control is a larger module because it also contains important cross-cutting Environmental Health issues in more detail including:
Outbreaks, based on analysis of a case study
Microbiology and epidemiology
Occupational Health & Safety (20 credits)
Provides an understanding of the hazards that can affect Occupational Health and Safety, and is supported by methodologies for measurement and evaluation; intervention and control.
Housing Practice including Urban and Rural Regeneration (20 credits)
Explores the links between housing and health and presents strategies for urban and rural regeneration, and legal interventions that support policies of improving conditions for the inhabitants of poor housing accommodation and their deprived localities.
Environmental Protection and Climate Change (20 credits)
This provides a critical examination of the interaction between environmental pollutants and local communities including water and solid waste management; contaminated land; noise control; air pollution management and control and relevant planning controls. The origins and causation of climate change, its impacts and the mitigation and adaptation strategies which can be applied.
Law (10 credits)
Examines the English Legal System, and the legal procedures that support interventions available under Public Health and Environmental Protection legislation to solve serious problems of pollution, contamination, statutory nuisance, and public health illnesses, along with the requirements of criminal law in the collection of evidence and undertaking prosecutions.
Health Protection (10 credits)
To identify the determinants of health and social inequalities, and the socio-political context in which solutions may be found. To be able to apply the epidemiological methods and disease control strategies, apply the principles of disease association and causation, understand the role of the environment in the propagation of illness and disease, and responses to health emergencies and world pandemics.
Public Health Integration (10 credits)
The aim of the module is for students to integrate their acquired public and environmental health knowledge across intervention areas associated with Dahlgren and Whitehead’s 1992 conceptualisation of the determinants of health and well-being. This includes the ability to demonstrate, how, a range of measures can be used to maximise the outcome for a given situation and to be able to demonstrate the complexity of the interaction of the determinants of health, and how the use of evidence based practice and reflective practice supports an effective approach.
The examination under this module forms the ‘Integrated Professional Assessment’ requirements, set out by the Chartered institute of Environmental Health.
Research and Study Skills (10 credits)
In preparation for the Dissertation, there will be instruction in statistics, study design, sampling strategies and hypothesis generation.
Dissertation (50 credits)
This will require independent research involving a critical literature review, primary data collection , analysis of results, and the synthesis and evaluation of conclusions and recommendations.
There will be a special emphasis in providing the student with an understanding of the role of the Environmental Health Practitioner within the broader public health field, and the necessary networks and partnerships required in the delivery of individual and community health related interventions.
Focusing on prevention, rather than cure, work on the public health side of Environmental Health keeps people out of doctors’ surgeries and hospitals by ensuring safe working conditions, clean air, safe food and good quality housing.
For an Environmental Health practitioner, no two days are ever the same; there are few careers that can offer that.
Environmental Health professionals have the skills and influence to revive run-down communities (for example through better, safer housing), and make a real contribution to society.
Environmental Health professionals have influence over policy development and implementation.
Graduates have a good choice of jobs and attractive starting salary
Environmental Health professionals can find employment in different sectors – private sector opportunities include consultancies, and the retail or tourist sector
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