Masters degrees in Environmental Health provide training in the skills needed to monitor and evaluate health hazards across various sectors, as well as how to plan and manage public health programmes.
Related subjects include Applied Public Health and Environmental Health & Safety Management. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Environmental Science or Business Management. MScs are probably the most common form of Environmental Health qualification, but Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates are also available.
By implementing good Environmental Health practices, you’ll help ensure the safety of a range of industrial activities, working environments and natural surroundings.
You might gear your studies towards improving public health in several ways, including policy-making for housing standards or the regulation of food quality. This could mean assessing the facilities and products that the public use, or analysing the security and condition of food sources.
You might also explore areas of occupational health and safety, ensuring working environments are free from hazards and adhere to safety policy. Other careers may include environmental protection, whether for animal protection or the management of natural water resources, to give a couple of examples.
Develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to promote and protect public health and wellbeing. You will be equipped for a variety of roles in health promotion and public health, working for local authorities, health services or in the voluntary sector.
Led by a committed team of academics and specialists in the field, you will be introduced to the 'social' model of health rather than the predominant 'medical' model, enabling you to focus on how people and communities can be empowered to improve their health and how public policy can create healthier societies. You will also investigate the psychology of behaviour change and how people learn about health. The research strand will enable you to critically appraise evidence and develop research skills.
We have been providing specialist postgraduate health promotion training for more than 40 years, and our courses are informed by all the dynamic changes currently taking place in public health in the UK and globally. This course is recognised by the Institute of Health Promotion and Education.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
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 course is recognised by the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, and our contacts with practitioners in the public health community are well established, both regionally and nationally. We have a track record for our evaluation work, research with communities, commitment to tackling inequalities in health, and in providing an evidence base for practice.
Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and countries, giving a chance to share experience, learn from each other and develop collaborative practice. A large number of our students have continued their career as public health consultants and health promotion specialists.
You will have the skills to commission, design, plan, implement and evaluate health promotion interventions. Our graduates are working as health promotion specialists, public health consultants, public health service managers, researchers, lecturers and in a range of other health and wellbeing roles at policy, planning and management levels.
The MPH Public Health aims to promote health, prevent disease, reduce inequalities in health, and prolong life. The population perspective of public health ensures that its practitioners are well placed to improve health wherever they are. Our Master of Public Health degree reflects the multidisciplinary nature of public health through its flexible and innovative curriculum. Our programme enjoys strong links with the NHS, its public health practitioners and other regional and national bodies, ensuring student access to some of the country's leading authorities in public health.
You will attend interactive lectures, seminars and individual tutorials and take part in project and team work.
If you are studying for the MPH, you will also undertake a research project of 15,000–20,000 words and your project studies here will incorporate a series of research methods lectures.
Career opportunities include lecturer, health development manager, public health advisor, health programme specialists, epidemiologist, medical practitioner positions in public health, clinical university teacher, research positions.
This stream provides multidisciplinary training in the advanced methods necessary to undertake epidemiological research on the relationships between health and the environment. Students will develop an understanding of the social, economic and political contexts which underlie the establishment of priorities and the selection and evaluation of policy responses.
Graduates enter careers in epidemiology, health risk assessment, consultancy or policy development as applied to environment and global health.
- Full programme specification (pdf) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/files/pheh_progspec.pdf)
- Intercalating this course (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/ways-study/intercalating-study-masters-degree)
This course is accredited by the Agency for Accreditation of Public Health Education in the European Region (APHEA) which is the accreditation body of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).
Visit the website https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/public-health-environment
By the end of this stream students should be able to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the core disciplines of public health, consisting of statistics; epidemiology; health economics; and social research, to real health problems. In addition, they should be able to:
- describe the principal concerns in environment and health (pollution of air, water, and land; the urban environment; sustainable development; risk perceptions)
- interpret and evaluate risk assessments and risk management strategies as applied to environment and health concerns
- show a theoretical and practical understanding of the design and analysis of studies in environmental epidemiology
- analyse the political and social contexts in which an environment and health policy is made, the factors that lead to policy change, and in particular, the role that research plays in policy change
- show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence in relation to environment and health issues
Students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:
Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy
Introduction for Health Economics
Principles of Social Research
In addition, students intending to follow this stream must take Environment, Health & Sustainable Development. The remaining module can be selected from:
Health Policy, Process & Power
Health Promotion Theory
Issues in Public Health
Terms 2 and 3:
Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Course Directors.
- Slot 1:
Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries*
Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco*
Epidemiology & Control of Malaria*
Health Care Evaluation*
Health Promotion Approaches and Methods*
Research Design & Analysis*
Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal*
- Slot 2:
Conflict and Health*
Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
History & Health*
Population, Poverty and Environment*
Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
- Slot 3:
Applied Communicable Disease Control*
Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health*
Economic Analysis for Health Policy*
Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases*
Medical Anthropology and Public Health*
Tropical Environmental Health*
Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health
- Slot 4:
Environmental Epidemiology (compulsory)
- Slot 5:
Environmental Health Policy (compulsory)
By arrangement, students may be able to substitute specified Distance Learning modules for up to two modules in certain timetable slots. Any such substitutions will need to be discussed with the Course Directors. Full details are contained in the MSc Course Handbook.
Further details for the course modules - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/masters-degrees/module-specifications
Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.
Find out how to apply here - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/public-health-environment#how-to-apply
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a multidisciplinary programme of study that aims to provide graduates and holders of relevant medical or non-medical professional qualifications with the advanced academic background required for leadership roles in public health. The course covers the breadth of public health.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) course is an intensive study programme that aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge informing the key domains of public health.
All students are enrolled onto the Master of Public Health which addresses the key domains of public health practice. The course is made up of optional and required modules.
The required modules are:
Once accepted onto the course, you may wish to pursue a specialist pathway by selecting the additional required/compulsory modules.
If you are interested in the :
You will also explore a range of optional modules to bring your total credit value up to 180, allowing you to create a unique study plan that reflects your interests.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete.
In addition to the required modules (which total 90 credits), part-time students should plan to take 30-45 optional module credits in their first year and 45-60 optional module credits in their second year.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of unseen written examinations, coursework and presentations. The research project and dissertation will be assessed on an extended piece of writing.
Examinations are mainly held during Examination Period 1 (January) and Examination Period 2 (May / early June). The ‘Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection’ examination is, however, normally held during Examination Period 3 (August).
Resit and replacement examinations are normally scheduled during Examination Period 3 (August). Resit and replacement examinations for the 'Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection' module are normally held during the following Examination Period (January).
You’ll submit your first piece of summative coursework towards the end of Term 1, and coursework submissions continue into April. The coursework for the ‘Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection’ module is submitted in August.
The dissertation is submitted in early September (part-time students submit their dissertation at the end of their second year).
The formal teaching, self-directed study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. They are however, subject to change.
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.
Job titles of recent MPH graduates include: Public Health Specialist; Head of Public Health Intelligence; Health Partnership Programme Manager; Health Promotion Campaign Manager; Epidemiologist; Health Data Analyst; Project Coordinator; Public Health Advisor; Health Protection Specialist; Public Health Screening Coordinator; Vascular Prevention Programme Coordinator; Health Improvement Practitioner; Public Health Specialist: Healthy Living; and Lecturer in Public Health . Other MPH students have gone on to PhDs at King's and other universities.
A useful source of public health careers information is the NHS Health Careers website. You might find it helpful to review the information on this website as a starting point if you are considering a career in public health, or would like to further your current career in public health.
The course will be of interest to a wide range of professionals such as managers, health education/health promotion specialists, environmental health officers, doctors, nurses, specialist community public health nurses, allied health professionals, dentists and teachers working in health and social care, local government, education, the voluntary and private sectors, as well as new graduates who are contemplating a career within the expanding field of health promotion and public health.
The course aims to develop analytical, communication, leadership and management skills necessary to operate at a professional level. These will prepare and enable practitioners to develop and lead population-based activities designed to tackle inequalities in health, prevent ill health and to work in partnership with individuals, families, communities and multidisciplinary public health workforces.
This intellectually stimulating course is based on the physical and mental dimensions of health and the associated social, political, economic and personal determinants of health. The course is designed to provide an advanced education in the theory, principles and practice of health promotion and public health, with strong emphasis on the integration of theory into practical application.
The curriculum takes account of newly emerging needs in public health practice and policy. It has been developed with a strong focus on evidence based practice to enable students to develop key health promotion and public health competencies within a supportive learning environment.
A work-based learning module requires you to spend a minimum of 35 hours in a public health setting which will afford you the opportunity to understand and observe the competencies necessary to work within the field of public health. The module also aims to consolidate your learning by drawing on the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course, and, thus, increase employment prospects.
The MSc Research Project is a substantial piece of independent work where, through the application of the research process to a self-determined public health topic area, you will demonstrate your ability to complete an evidence based project which makes a contribution to the knowledge base for professional practice and/or policy.
Full-time and part-time study options provide flexibility to structure study to suit personal and professional commitments.
You are required to spend a minimum of 35 hours in a public health setting. You will be provided with a range of organisations who have agreed to facilitate placement. You may also, with approval, organise a placement in another organisation of your choice.
Health promotion and public health are no longer viewed as the responsibility of only those working in health. Students have obtained employment in statutory, voluntary, charity, private and community organisations as well as in local government and academic institutions. Students have also progressed to further postgraduate study.
This course provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of environmental and public health, enabling you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary in modern Environmental and Public Health Practice to enter into a career in the sector, or to continue your professional development.
Seeking to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental and public health policy initiatives, successful completion of this course will enable you to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts. This course also develops your critical and analytical ability in relation to Environmental and Public Health.
Recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status, the expertise developed through studying this course will assist you in demonstrating the proficiency required for application for entry on to the United Kingdom Voluntary Register of Public Health Specialists.
You will be engaged with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental and public intervention. Modules address existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks.
A feature of the course is applied learning and an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem based learning ensuring that students learn from their experiences while they are supported in reviewing the progress of their own learning.
For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively.
Within the full-time course, you will study four taught modules as well as completing a dissertation. Three modules are compulsory with two studied in semester 1 and the remaining one in semester 2. For the remaining module in semester 2 you have an optional choice, see below for available choices.
For part-time students the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of two core modules. Year 2 involves the study of one core and one optional module. During your third year of the course you will complete a dissertation.
MSc (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
MSc (16 months full-time or up to three years part-time)
Teaching is delivered through lectures, with some by visiting practitioners; fieldwork; site visits; seminars and tutorials. You will also be provided with opportunities to review practical applications of environmental interventions designed to promote public health. You will have opportunity to work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project thereby enhancing networking with external clients while welcoming their input to the project resulting in real-world interaction.
Research and Professional Practice (30 credits)
Project and learning portfolio (100%)
Risk: Perception and Management (30 credits)
Literature review (30%); Case study portfolio (70%)
Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management (30 credits)
Case study analysis (50%); Environmental management project (50%)
Control of Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases (30 credits)
Production of health education material (50%); Briefing report (50%)
Energy, Resources and Sustainability (30 credits)
Poster presentation (30%); Case study report (70%)
Dissertation (60 credits)
Research protocol (15%); Dissertation (85%)
The course is designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking environmental and public health employment, and to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector. It seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental and public health policy initiatives.
Several employment opportunities exist in developing policy and implementing environmental and public health practice in local authorities, health services, voluntary organisations and private companies. Graduates of this course have found positions as planners and administrators in public health intervention units, trainers in community education services, have been promoted to more senior posts in environmental health practice or embarked on research studies leading to the award of PhD.
The course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities supplemented by practice-based learning opportunities. Your employability is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on a specific business problem for your dissertation.
At the University of Salford we pride ourselves in our research and encourage our students to explore topics that are exciting and inspiring, contributing useful findings to the field. If you are already working in the sector, completing a dissertation may also provide you with an opportunity to examine areas which might inform and guide your working practice, allowing you to share new insights with your colleagues. Examples of recent projects include: evaluation of the effectiveness of smoking cessation services for pregnant women in a local authority; development of internal audit systems on hygiene and safety standards for the operator of small care homes, and assessment of compliance with environmental and safety standards for a laboratory handling infectious biological agents.
After completion of this course you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
Acquire the knowledge and skills needed for a career as an environmental health practitioner by analysing the five main intervention areas: housing, food safety, occupational health and safety, environmental protection and public health. You will develop your understanding of environmental stress factors and their effect on human health and safety, together with the legal and technical frameworks for controlling these risks.
The opportunity to interact with students from other vocational courses will broaden your perspective of environmental health issues, and you will have access to our state-of-the-art acoustics laboratory and our dedicated food inspection facilities to put your expertise into practice. You will also have the chance to engage in simulated sessions, including mock kitchen inspections and staged courtroom trials to see how the law operates in environmental health cases. These scenarios could help you work towards professional registration as an environmental health practitioner.
This is 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.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
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.
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.
Subject to meeting CIEH requirements, you will be eligible to become a graduate member of the institute. You could then progress towards becoming a registered environmental health practitioner following completion of a Portfolio of Professional Practice and a professional interview. Your portfolio could be shaped by your placement experience and course activities. It may also include evidence derived from course activities or other types of work experience.
This online MSc in Public and Environmental Health course is designed to help public and environmental health professionals develop a deep understanding and rational evaluations of the risks posed by the stressors of public and environmental health. This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise needed enhance your role as a professional in this field of study.
You will learn to critically evaluate a full range of sustainable interventions which are available to eliminate or mitigate stressors that thereby protects human health and promotes wellbeing.
This course is suitable for both UK and international students and allows you to study the underpinning subjects of public and environmental health, including food safety, occupational health and environmental protection, with module content set in a global context that can be applied as you learn.
You will also develop a broad understanding of the inter-relationship between environmental hazards, risk assessment and the impact on public health and wellbeing, aiding your critical thinking and analysis skills that will aid you to think strategically across the breadth of the public and environmental health sector.
The online MSc Public and Environmental Health course consists of three progressive stages:
• Environmental Health Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
• Environmental Health Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits)
• Environmental Health MSc (60 credits)
This online learning degree is specifically designed by our expert online tutors and contains plenty of opportunities to interact with tutors and other students through online discussion forums, virtual class room sessions and more traditional forms of communication such as email and Skype.
Experience online learning first hand by accessing a selection of content from a module within this course. In this course taster you'll be able to navigate through our online learning environment to see what some of our learning material looks like. Visit our website to try this course for free!
In addition to our academic teams, you’ll be appointed a dedicated online learner advisor who will support you on any non-academic issues throughout your course.
You’ll also benefit from many other university support services such as student wellbeing, eLibrary and resource centre, IT support and careers and employment service.
Choose from three start dates – September, January or May. You can apply online to secure your place.
Contact us to learn more and speak with our admissions advisors to check your eligibility.
The MSc in environmental health sciences has been designed to allow graduates from a range of science and engineering disciplines to develop and extend knowledge in risk-based assessment and management of environmental influences on human health.
Environmental health is the assessment and management of environmental influences on human health. This includes the study of:
Environmental health work is important and highly worthwhile and many of our students are motivated by a desire to directly improve living and working conditions for a wide range of people.
You'll develop expertise in current methods for examining factors that affect human health, assessing and managing the risks involved, and meeting the challenges resulting from changes in the interaction between people and the environment.
The wide scope of environmental health sciences and the corresponding breadth of the degree reflect rapid technological progress. Environmental impact assessment, sustainable development, air, water and noise pollution are increasingly important and there is a pressing need for graduates with skills in these disciplines.
This course also provides an emphasis on teaching subjects that are relevant to contemporary problems faced by communities, government, industry and commercial organisations.
For example, professionals from outside Strathclyde work together with academic staff and students in the teaching of case studies of outbreaks of water-borne and food-borne diseases and also in urban and industrial air quality management.
The Department has strong links with Malawi. Professor Bob Kalin takes students to Malawi every year for their dissertation/project. This is mainly offered to the students in the MSc in Hydrogeology but there is the potential for students from this MSc to also take part.
Teaching is based on a core of conventional lectures and tutorials, complemented by group projects, laboratory classes, student-led seminars and fieldwork. The programme can be studied over one year full-time, two years part-time or up to five years through Open Access.
On the full-time programme, you’ll follow a core curriculum of eight classes and four optional class. Each class is taught for two to three hours per week over eight to 12 weeks.
Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a dissertation from June to August.
As part of the class Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry, you can apply to work with industry projects.
Our £6 million state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are well-equipped with high-technological instrumentation and available space to investigate:
You'll benefit from this innovative initiative which encourages students and researchers to carry out projects that aim to work towards the enhancement of the university’s sustainability. Check out some of our students’ projects and dissertations.
If you can't attend this course full-time on campus, there are various Flexible Learning options available to you.
This is initially a non-graduating route. You'll register for one 10 credit class at a time, and have the option to build up credits. This will eventually lead to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. You can take up to five years to achieve the qualification.
This option is popular with students in employment, who might want to take classes for Continuing Professional Development purposes.
A range of qualifications will be considered for entry.
You can also study this course by Distance Learning, which is based on three years part-time study of 60 credits per year.
This allows you to complete the course by studying online at home at a time that suits you, without attending at our Glasgow campus. This means you can study while balancing your existing work and family commitments. This option is suitable for students located anywhere in the world.
Teaching is based around lectures and tutorials. You’ll also take part in group projects, laboratory classes, student-led seminars and fieldwork.
Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on teaching that is relevant to contemporary problems faced by communities, government, industry and commercial organisations. For example, external professionals worked together with academic staff and students in the teaching of case studies of outbreaks of water-borne and food-borne diseases.
You’ll present work in written, verbal and graphical forms including field and laboratory reports, portfolios, posters and oral presentations.
Graduates in environmental health sciences are well prepared for a wide range of professions that require intellectual flexibility and analytical skill.
Many of our graduates have highly successful careers in environmental regulation, government departments, environmental consultancy, health and safety management, food industry, public water utilities, and waste management.
There is increasing recognition by employers in the private sector that graduates in environmental health have skills and backgrounds that are well suited to management roles in a range of related business activities, including the specialist field of corporate social responsibility.