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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
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.
BSc Environmental Health graduate (2011) and silver award winner of CIEH Graduate of the Year Award