Acquire the knowledge and skills to prepare you for a career as an environmental health practitioner by fully analysing the five main intervention areas: housing; food safety; occupational health and safety; environmental protection and public health. This involves understanding the environmental stress factors and their effect on human health and safety, together with the legal and technical frameworks for controlling these risks.
We offer one of the few postgraduate environmental health courses in the UK accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), providing a direct route into the profession.
The opportunity to interact with students from other vocational courses will broaden your perspective of environmental health issues.
You?ll have access to our state-of-the-art acoustics laboratories and our dedicated food inspection facilities. There are also opportunities for you to engage in work-related activities which will help you work towards professional registration as an environmental health practitioner.
- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
You may be able to gain graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and do the assessments required to register as a practitioner. Environmental Health Officers often hold senior positions within their organisations with employment opportunities in local government, the private sector, NHS and government agencies.
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Successful completion of a CIEH accredited course is the first stage of becoming a Registered Environmental Health Practitioner. You will also need to produce a Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) covering all five intervention areas and complete the professional interview. For the PPP you will be required to engage in work-related learning activities. These elements of the course are managed by the CIEH and further information can be obtained from their website (http://www.cieh.org/).
Our course is designed to prepare you for the next steps of your professional training and includes work-related activities that may help you complete some elements of the your PPP. You will also be actively encouraged to seek relevant experience as this may shorten the time required post-graduation to complete the CIEH requirements.
Environmental Interventions This module examines environmental stressors such as pollution, waste management problems and noise alongside the relevant legislation.
Food Interventions In order to ensure food safety you will cover the relevant theory and practical training in food inspection.
Health & Safety Interventions You will study the legislation, identify safe working practices and learn how to conduct risk assessments.
Housing Interventions You will study housing law and practice in order to help eradicate poor housing conditions in individual properties and wider communities.
Research Methods in Health & Wellbeing Provides the skills to complete a successful dissertation, which is a significant part of the final assessment.
Public Health in Action Considers the different types of public health activity within local authorities and specifically environment health.
Professional Practice Integrates aspects of all of the other modules studied on the course.
Research & Practice Development Your opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of research and/or development that underpins your health-rated practice within nutrition, environmental health or health promotion.
Professor Ieuan Ellis
Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
"We have a long history of providing education across a wide range of professional and academic disciplines in health, applied global ethics, social sciences and related subject areas... The Faculty has a number of areas of research excellence."
Ieuan is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Health and Social sciences. He is also a member of Academic Board, and an elected staff representative on the Board of Governors. He is also Chair of the UK Council of Deans of Health and Co-chair of the National Allied Health Professions Advisory Board. After practicing as a chartered physiotherapist in the NHS and private sector, Ieuan entered higher education working initially at Northumbria University prior to joining our University. Ieuan has held a number of leadership and management roles across health and social care education and was awarded a personal chair as Professor in Healthcare Education
- Food Laboratories Our labs will allow you to develop your practical food safety skills.
- Library Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.
- Biomedical Sciences Laboratories Housing state-of-the-art IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, cutting edge facilities for our students including walk-in cold rooms.
- Acoustics Lab Our fully equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory has anechoic and reverberation chambers as well as modern noise analysis equipment.