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Environmental Health CertHE

Explore your interest in the policies and scientific principles of environmental health intervention, launching a career in the field.
October 2023
EU/International induction: September 2023
1 year full-time
Usually 2 years part-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Jill Stewart

Why study environmental health with us

We’re one of the largest and leading providers of environmental health education in the UK. Our specialist one-year environmental health course is an ideal starting point for your journey to becoming a fully accredited public or environmental health professional.

You’ll develop an understanding of the core policies, principles and laws surrounding environmental health in both the UK and overseas. You’ll also learn how professional, domestic and leisure environments impact on the health and well-being of individuals and societies.

Build your environmental health experience with us

You’ll have access to specialist teaching and learning spaces, subject to availability in light of the ongoing Covid 19 outbreak, including a food inspection laboratory, Grade 2 microbiology laboratory and specialist environmental and occupational health teaching space.

You’ll learn through practice using real-world scenarios.

Our CertHE is equivalent to the first year of our environmental health degrees. Once you’ve finished, you’ll have the option to continue your studies to become a fully accredited environmental or public health practitioner.

Get the support you need to succeed

Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. While you're an undergraduate or foundation year student, you’ll have a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. If you need support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills, we’ll be sure to provide it. Our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants have studied your subject and can support you based on their own experience.

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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

    • Environmental Health Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the fundamental scientific concepts underpinning the assessment of chemicals, physical agents and micro-organisms in the context of pollution and occupational safety and health. You will acquire skills in scientific information gathering, data analysis and presentation. You will develop your knowledge on chemistry, physics and microbiology which will form the basis of further studies in specialist modules in Environmental Health.

    • Physiology and Anatomy (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with the knowledge of the human anatomy and its hierarchical organisation from cell to organ system. An understanding of how the main body systems and mechanisms involved maintaining a "state of health" will be developed along with an introduction to how these systems can malfunction. Grounding in practical anatomy will be provided which includes virtual imaging and laboratory exercises to support identification and recognition of the main anatomical features of organs and structures of the body.

    • Food Animals and Vectors of Disease (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will provide an understanding of disease transmission and vectors of disease, emphasising the importance of zoonotic diseases in environmental and public health. You will develop your knowledge of comparative anatomy and physiology of the food animals with hands-on practical work to enable identification, differentiation and fitness of food items of animal origin. You will explore strategies which ensure the safety and quality control in relation to inspection, zoonotic disease transmission and fitness. In addition, you will gain practical skills in the identification of the main arthropod and vertebrate pests, their diversity, role as biological and mechanical vectors of disease and their socioeconomic impact. You will also look at strategies for control such as integrated pest management principles.

    • Principles of Health Stressors (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your understanding in the  concepts of health and ill-health and factors which influence and contribute to an individual’s state of health. You will examine how physical, chemical, biological, social and psycho-stressors impact on human health and the environment. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of illness and well-being through examining toxicology, aetiology,  epidemiology and demography. You will explore the relationship between food, lifestyle, health and disease, and develop an appreciation of the importance of these in the prevention of disease and facilitating health improvement.

    • Introduction to Law and Environmental Health (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress. You will also develop an 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 principles and breadth of environmental health professional practice.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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.

  1. UK
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU / International
  3. Additional costs

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.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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Environmental Health BSc Honours

Start: September 2023

Duration: 3 years full-time, 5 - 6 years part-time

Code: B910

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