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Environmental Health BSc

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Code
B910
Start
October 2019
Duration
3 years full-time
5 - 6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£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.

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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.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • 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, experimentation, 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 hands-on practical work in 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.

  • Year 2

    • Approaches to Experimental Research (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide the necessary skills to plan, implement and analyse project-based work with a  focus on preparing for the final year project module. You will develop core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline, including analytical techniques appropriate to the individual programme requirements.

    • Housing Conditions and Intervention (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a basic understanding of the principles, terminology and methods underlying the construction and performance of residential buildings and the practical and cognitive skills to recognise building defects and to be able to specify suitable diagnostic treatments. You will also explore the relevant legislative remedies available to intervene on individual and strategic levels to deliver safer and healthier housing and local environments.

    • Housing in Public Health (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the relationship between housing, health and safety, and ways in which housing, health and social care organisations can work more effectively together to deliver better health outcomes. You will learn about housing in history and the range of organisations and stakeholders now involved in delivering the housing and public health agenda. You will consider the housing and health needs of a range of social and geographical communities with a view to developing effective, integrated, evidence based strategies and interventions. You will also develop skills for implementing housing and strategies and interventions at local level.

    • Pollution Prevention and Control (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to make you aware of the environmental and health impacts of pollution. You will gain an understanding on the harmful substances potentially present in the air, water and soil environments as a result of human and natural processes. You will develop your knowledge of the technological options, legislative processes and economic implications associated with the assessment and control of pollution.

    • Occupational Safety and Health Interventions (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding of fundamental legislative and governance principles used to protect workers’ physical, mental and wider well-being within the workplace through an exploration of common workplace hazards and stressors. You will explore the principles of risk and apply appropriate interventions/improvements/polices to safety behaviour and management.

    • Food Safety (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide a coherent body of theoretical and applied professional knowledge, transferable skill development, and competence in the field of food safety through an informed and critical approach to current practice.  Key issues will be identified and evaluated from professional, technical and managerial perspectives.

  • Year 3

    • Communication, Society, Ethics and Law in Public Health (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is aimed to provide you with a deep understanding of the role of the media in public health and the cultural aspect of public health in today’s society. You will analyse the multiple way of stimulating the public discussion around public health and improve the health knowledge of the population through the analysis of different media including film, social media, art, radio, newspapers. You will gain a basic understanding of the role of law and legislation in public health, and ethics in health research to support your future role as a health practitioner.

    • Leadership in Environmental Health (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding of leadership in environmental and public health organisations both within and across organisations. You will learn about the principles of environmental health and public health governance and their organisational management. You will explore effective leadership styles with reference to case studies and the theoretical perspective. You will also examine available tools for performance management and develop an appreciation of their effectiveness for employees and for leaders of environmental health and public health organisations. You will develop your skills in implementing strategies and policies in these organisations and you will explore principles for leading more effective change.

    • Effective Environmental Health Interventions (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your professional practice skills, building on the skills and knowledge developed in the intervention areas of food safety, health and safety, environmental protection, housing and health, and public health improvement and protection. You will explore the operation of professional practice in the context of the varying socio-economic, political, legal and environmental settings, including appraising determinants of health, identification of environmental health interventions, and effectiveness of practice, role of partnership and team working.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from the previous modules and provide 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, and facilitates the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study further and manage your own learning with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

    • Practical Food Inspection (10 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your knowledge of the composition and properties of foodstuffs and the relationship with safety, fitness, and quality within an overarching public health framework. You will identify and evaluate a range of food stuffs, state their condition and recognise unfit/unacceptable food as well as 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 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 more information about this course in the programme specification. 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.

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

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.

  • Jessica Tabois

    Environmental Health BSc graduate

    Jessica now works for the Westminster Council as a Technical Officer.

    I used to work as a manager for a coffee shop but a random visit from a health inspector inspired a change in career: I was hugely impressed by his knowledge but I also thought ‘I could do this’.  I then found the BSc Environmental Course at Middlesex University and graduated from this programme last July.

    This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) which is invaluable for career progression in this sector.  I also signed up as a student member of CIEH while I was at Middlesex and there are many benefits to this membership, including access to various forums where if you ask a question, there is always someone who will know the answer.

    I haven’t thought much about future career goals; I just want to be really good at what I do.

    Read more about Jessica’s story.

  • Ella Smallcombe

    Environmental Health BSc 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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