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  • Investigate the intricate relationships between contemporary global human health and the environment.
  • Explore how factors such as climate change, air pollution and microbes impact health, whilst critically analysing evidence from a range of qualitative and quantitative sources.
  • Discover the potential to harness the natural environment as a resource to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Learn to assess the health profile of a population group anywhere in the world, particularly in the context of an ageing society and increased global urbanisation and derive solutions to address health inequalities.

On this programme you will look at current theories and concepts and through the analysis of a range of information you will develop the skills and knowledge so that on graduation you will be able to inform strategies to improve the health of communities or be well placed to continue to work towards a position of an academic researcher.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and so the programme has been designed to give them the ability to enact meaningful change in any setting.

For example, for the Ecological Public Health module our students select a country or urban/rural location to carry out an assessment of the public health profile (demographics and burden of disease/people and place) and identify the ecological foundations for that specific public health profile. They would then create a collaborative (e.g. inter-agency, community approach) action plan focussed on health improvement in that particular area.

Topics current students have chosen include:

  • Public Health interventions in New Orleans
  • Health, Wellbeing and Diet in Japan
  • Understanding and Improving Mental Health in Indonesia

Delivered at the Knowledge Spa located on the Royal Cornwall Hospital Site in Truro this research inspired programme will include contributions from the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health, the Met Office, Age UK and the World Health Organisation.

Students are able to access one-to-one support should they wish to undertake an internship with a Cornish business (or even further afield). They are able to take part in the Access to Internships scheme either during the course or once their studies have finished.

The programme would suit graduates who are planning or already undertaking a career within public health, health promotion, environmental health and protection, occupational health, workplace wellbeing or social enterprise. The programme has been developed with reference to the training requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the UK Faculty of Public Health to maximise your future employability in the discipline of environment and human health sciences.

Programme structure

PgCert students will complete 60 credits, PgDip 120 credits and MSc students 180 credits.

In addition to the eight taught modules required for the PgDip (taught in the Spring and Summer terms), Masters students will also complete a 60 credit dissertation.

Read more on the programme website.

Modules

Some examples of the modules offered are as follows:

  • Contemporary Environment and Human Health
  • Postgraduate Skills and Evidence
  • Nature, Health and Wellbeing
  • Environmental Science and Population Health
  • Project Design and Grantsmanship
  • Ecological Human Health
  • Research Methods for Practice
  • Global Public Health and Environmental Change

Please note the modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

For an up to date list please see the website.

Learning and teaching

The taught component of this programme is delivered in the first two terms (one year programme) or five terms (two year programme). During this time you will also be helped to develop a dissertation project to be completed in the remaining six months. We encourage students to develop their project alongside existing European Centre activities or in conjunction with our enterprise partners. Part time students may be able to develop dissertation projects within their workplace settings if appropriate.

Teaching and learning methods

All material is designed for Masters level and will involve keynote lectures, case studies, seminars and group discussion. Within modules there is considerable scope for you to direct your learning towards fields of particular interest, especially through your choice of dissertation project and in your guided independent study.

Assessment

Taught modules will be assessed through literature reviews, essays, written reports and presentations. We use case studies and problem-based learning approaches to encourage you to work collaboratively and learn from each other. We try to include field trips to locations such as the Eden Project, local community health projects and even the beach to contextualise your learning.


Visit the MSc/PgDip/PgCert Environment and Human Health page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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