Environmental Health

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Environmental Health studies those aspects of the human body, human health and disease that are determined by factors in the environment.

Environmental Health also refers to the theory and practice of assessing and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially affect health. It includes both the direct pathological effects of chemicals, radiation and some biological agents, and the effects (often indirect) on health and wellbeing of the broad physical, psychological, social and aesthetic environment which includes housing, urban development, land use and transport.

Course content

The MSc Environmental Health is taught by both academics and current practitioners with a wealth of experience and close personal links to practice in both the public and private sectors. Working to the most up-to-date curriculum, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), the course provides students with specialist knowledge in relation to Food control, Pollution Management, Health and Safety and Housing.

Importantly, we also aim to integrate a public health theme throughout, to position students in the best place for employment in this widening arena.  Therefore, aspects of health promotion and health research form an integral part of study.

Evidence-based skills

We place great value on developing professional skills in evidence-based and reflective practice, health education and research as well as the ability to deal with peoples’ health concerns. Field visits are incorporated into a principles and practice module that enables theory to be put into practice.  Assessments include a professional exam that enables successful candidates to become a Graduate Member of the CIEH

Full membership and the professional designation of ‘Environmental Health Practitioner’ can be achieved by completing the Portfolio of Professional Practice through an individually arranged work placement or via the UWE Integrated Professional Development (Environmental Health) PGDip/MSc Programme, together with a professional interview.

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