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Environmental Health CertHE

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October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
1 year full-time
Usually 2 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Alan Page

The CertHE Environmental Health will give you an in-depth understanding of the policies and scientific principles of different forms of environmental health intervention. Successful completion of the course will enable you to progress to our BSc Environmental Health or BSc Environmental and Public Health.

Why study CertHE Environmental Health at Middlesex University?

Our one-year course is designed to provide specialist education and training for students wishing to gain qualifications in environmental health, who may already be working in the profession. Through your studies you will explore the relationship between professional, domestic and leisure environments and how they impact on the health and well being of individuals and societies. You will also develop an understanding of environmental health law and its application within the UK and Europe and internationally.

This certificate is equivalent to the first year of the BSc Environmental Health and BSc Environmental and Public Health programmes. After successfully completing the course you will be able to continue your studies on one of these degrees, which can lead to a career as a fully accredited environmental or public health practitioner.

Course highlights

  • We are the largest and foremost provide of environmental health courses in the UK
  • We offer specialist teaching and learning spaces for environmental health, including a food inspection laboratory and a Grade 2 microbiology laboratory
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the CertHE Environmental Health ?

This course will give you a thorough understanding of environmental health issues and you will develop skills and knowledge that will underpin your future studies in environmental health sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on building a knowledge base in environmental health and food chemistry using examples from practice and field-based experience.

You will explore areas such as human anatomy, the nature of micro-organisms, the cycle of disease transmission and risk assessment. You will also be encouraged to develop a comprehensive appreciation of environmental health law and its application to the UK, European and international arena.

  • Core modules

    • Applied Environmental Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the skill and knowledge that will underpin your future studies in environmental health sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on building a knowledge base on the key academic concepts in chemistry and biochemistry for occupational and environmental health and food chemistry using examples from practice and field-based experience.

    • Environmental and Health Stressors (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will enable you to develop an understanding of the nature and important of micro-organsims; the cycle of disease transmission and role of immunology, demography and epidemiology in ill-health and appreciate the role of vectors of disease; the physical chemical, biological, social and psycho-social stressors commonly dealt with by environmental health practitioners, and their reporting mechanisms. You will also gain practical skills in aseptic technique and micro-biological methods. In addition, you will spend part of the module focusing on pests commonly found in the UK.

    • Functional Anatomy and Pathology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the human anatomical and physiological systems together with an understanding of comparative anatomy of food animals. The module also develops an awareness of the pathological conditions affecting food animals; their causes and preventions. You will develop an understanding of the legislative controls relating to unfit and unsafe meat and meat products.

    • Law and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your appreciation of governance and the legal systems, including legal doctrines applicable to criminal, evidence and civil law. The professional practice element focuses upon the assessment of risk upon which further risk management skills can be developed. You will gain understanding of the breadth of professional practice, including the processes involved in inspection, audit and compliance. The module aims to develop appropriate administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress. In addition the module explores concepts issues and policies associated with social policy in contemporary societies and focuses global and national institutions, their ideologies and some of the current policy issues they are currently involved with.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the CertHE Environmental Health taught?

You will learn the facts at lectures, and develop your understanding at workshops, seminars and practical classes, including laboratory sessions. You will work on group projects, case study analyses and laboratory experiments, and will develop a portfolio of work. You will be encouraged to discuss and challenge your knowledge at seminars, and to further your study through reading.


You will be assessed through written and oral exams and tests, as well as essays, laboratory reports, other written assignments and presentations.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the CertHE Environmental Health support your career?

From this course you can progress to an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health or Environmental and Public Health, which will enable you to gain the qualifications to become an Environmental Health Practitioner (after meeting the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) professional requirements). To meet this standard you will complete an Experiential Learning Portfolio (ELP), take a set of professional exams and undertake an interview.

The career options include:

  • Environmental and Public Health Practitioner in the public and private sector
  • Working for government agencies such as DCLG, DfID, DOH, HPA
  • Working within a private consultancy
  • Working within non-governmental organisations, including World Bank, aid agencies, and children's welfare groups.
  • Ella Smallcombe

    Environmental Health BSc graduate

    Ella was the silver award winner of CIEH Graduate of the Year Award.

    I was lucky enough to be sponsored by a Local Authority to study BSc Environmental Health at Middlesex University; this gave me the chance to work alongside other students from different backgrounds, each bringing their own experience and skills. The course provided plenty of opportunity for me to gain confidence in group presentations, something that fills many of us with dread! This was a skill that assisted me in preparing, and succeeding at the Graduate of the Year Award finals.

    It is important to have something on your CV, or job application, that makes you stand out - after all there is plenty of competition out there. For me it was being nominated for this award by Middlesex and then going on to win the silver medal, something I was keen to highlight in the interview for my current job.

    I now work in Environmental Protection for the London Borough of Ealing where I am looking forward to leading on aircraft noise projects and take part in initiatives to improve air quality in the borough. I would encourage any future nominees to embrace the opportunity of presenting to the Chartered Institute. It provides a chance to champion a topic you are passionate about directly to those who represent our chosen profession.

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Code: B910

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