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Environmental Health BSc

Learn about the course below
October 2018
3 years full-time
5 - 6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Ruth Plume

BSc Environmental Health degree is professional programme which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and will prepare you to work as an environmental health professional in the UK. This programme covers a wide range of areas including public health, food safety, environmental protection, private sector housing improvement and occupational health and safety

Why study BSc Environmental Health at Middlesex University?

Our BSc Environmental Health is designed to provide education to those wishing to enter the environmental health profession which upholds healthy environments and protects public health. 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 gain the knowledge and skills to assess and apply effective solutions to improve environmental health in a variety of settings. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to enter careers in both the public and private sectors and you will be confident in evaluating the legal and social framework within which environmental health operates.

Completion of the BSc Environmental Health and subsequent completion of the CIEH Learning Portfolio and Professional Interview will enable you to gain a Certificate of Registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB) and be qualified as an Environmental Health Officer.

Course highlights

  • The only fully-accredited environmental health undergraduate degree in London, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
  • We offer specialist teaching and learning spaces for environmental health, including a food inspection laboratory and a Grade 2 microbiology laboratory
  • Small class sizes allow for deeper discussion and personal attention which can enable you to thrive in your studies
  • Guest lecturers are invited to speak on areas of emerging importance and we work with the London Food Markets to teach you about practical food inspection
  • You will be taught by environmental health practitioners with experience in key areas such as food safety, health and safety, and private sector housing
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Environmental Health?

Year 1 and Year 2 are focused on developing the essential knowledge, skills and theory in environmental health and the underpinning scientific principles. You will study a range of key subjects, which include housing, pollution, food safety, and occupational health and safety. In Year 3 there is focus on effective environmental and public health interventions and professional competence. You will undertake professional examinations and study for a dissertation in your chosen environmental health topic area.

What will you gain?

As well as gaining an in-depth knowledge of the subject, you will also gain the ability to investigate environmental health issues in a range of contexts and apply your knowledge of environmental health stressors to solve complex problems. You will be able to interpret data and design novel solutions to environmental health issues, as well as performing practical food inspections. You will gain effective communication and leadership in Environmental Health settings and develop academic research strategies and critical writing.


  • Year 1

    • Applied Environmental Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide the skill and knowledge that will underpin your future studies in environmental health sciences. 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 importance of micro-organisms, the cycle of disease transmission, and the role of immunology, demography and epidemiology in ill-health. You will appreciate the role of vectors of disease as well as the physical chemical, biological, social and psycho-social stressors commonly dealt with by environmental health practitioners, and their reporting mechanisms. 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 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 aims to 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, you will explore concepts, issues and policies associated with social policy in contemporary societies and focus on global and national institutions, their ideologies and some of the current policy issues they are currently involved with.

  • Year 2

    • Approaches to Experimental Research (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work with a focus on preparation for the final year project module. The module also develops core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills include analytical techniques appropriate to individual programme requirements.

    • Environmental Health Housing Practice (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a basic understanding of the principles, terminology and methods underlying the construction and performance of residential buildings. You will develop the practical and cognitive skills to recognise building defects and be able to specify suitable diagnostic treatments. You will also explore the practical legislative remedies available to compel property owners to improve their properties.

    • Environmental Pollution (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to make you aware of the environmental and the health impact of pollution. It will provide information on the chemicals present in the environment and of the environmental changes resulting from primarily human activities but with reference to natural processes. You will gain an understanding of the scientific, legislative, technological and economic aspects relating to the sources, effects, assessment and control of pollution.

    • Food Safety (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will explore regulatory practice in relation to food law and examine the role of national and international food law enforcement agencies, quasi-governmental agencies and bodies as well as industry. You will also explore how organisations achieve regulatory compliance as well as understanding the relationship of national and international standards and regulatory requirements.

    • Health Stressors (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop a deeper understanding of the biological, physical, chemical, social and psycho-social stressors that impact on human health and comprehend disease, illness and well-being trends in terms of human health, through study of epidemiology, demography, health surveillance and public health profiling. You will explore and develop a critical appreciation of the nature, significance and control of microbiological stressors. You will further develop practical microbiological skills and will explore and evaluate the mechanisms for reporting disease and other information gathering strategies. You will gain an appreciation for the importance of the above in health promotion, addressing health issues and public health management

    • Occupational Health and Safety (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore principles of risk, based on technical knowledge of occupational health, safety and hygiene hazards, that will lead to policies aimed at introducing safety management and a positive safety culture to a workplace. You will develop a knowledge base of the common workplace hazards, and evaluate the influence of human factors on safety. You will gain an international perspective on the governance and regulation of workplace safety.

  • Year 3

    • Applied Environmental and Public Strategy (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to take a strategic view of environmental and public health and to apply the strategy to a range of settings. This module provides the means for you to link academic work with a practice situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It will provide knowledge, skills and abilities to practice and develop strategies to implement health gain or improvement. This situated learning module will use a variety of case studies, simulations, structured visits and practice learning to embed the theoretical aspects of environmental and public health into a real-life setting. It also seeks to provide you with an understanding of where your practice fits into strategic agendas and how your practice adds value to environmental and public health improvement.

    • Environmental and Occupational Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from this degree, providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study further and will manage your own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

    • Food Safety Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to evaluate managerial competency and performance during the safe production of food at all points in the food chain, and how primary production methods may affect food safety. You will develop a detailed knowledge of the composition and properties of processed foodstuffs and their relationship with safety, fitness, and quality within an overarching public health framework. The module will provide an understanding of how systems and process audit can help achieve compliance with appropriate compositional and legislative requirements. You will evaluate the roles of organisations involved in food safety management, and the development of food policies as well as explore the responsibilities of food business proprietors, employees, and other persons in ensuring food safety.

    • Occupational Health and Safety Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will allow you to evaluate the role of safety legislative, and its application, as an external factor that ensures compliance to clearly stated occupational health, safety hygiene technical standards. You will also evaluate management systems impact on safety, and the influence of internal and external factors.

    • Practical Food Inspection (10 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will be expected to identify and evaluate a range of food stuffs, state their condition and recognise unfit food. You will explore a range of possible food safety interventions and recommend the most satisfactory course of action in order to achieve public health food safety. You will also evaluate the relevant statutory provisions and appraise the role of the enforcement officer and other relevant factors in determining the most satisfactory course of action to improve food safety.

      You can find out more about this course in the programme specification.

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

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BSc Environmental Health support your career?

Completion of this degree and subsequent completion of the CIEH Learning Portfolio and Professional Interview will enable you to gain a Certificate of Registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB) and be qualified as an Environmental Health Officer.

Previous graduates have had achieved success in the following career options:

  • Environmental Health Officer in Local Authorities
  • Environmental Health Professional in the Private Sector e.g. travel companies, hotel chains, supermarkets, caterers or consultancy
  • Working for government agencies such as Public Health England
  • Working within non-governmental organisations

Ruth Plume
Course Leader

Ruth is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Her main research interest is investigating innovative practice in delivering environmental health regulatory services. Ruth’s teaching specialises in the professional development of environmental health students and leadership in environmental health.

  • Ella Smallcombe

    BSc Environmental Health graduate (2011) and 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 taking 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 profession.

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