Public and Environmental Health Science MSc

This programme is designed for international students wishing to advance their knowledge in public health and environmental health. It provides opportunities to understand how to manage risks posed to public and environmental health and provide the necessary solutions. A virtual learning platform has been introduced to allow students to identify hazards and risks within an industrial environment. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health for international students. It is taught in conjunction with the MSc in Environmental Health.

This programme is aimed at International students. If you are a UK/EU student, please see the equivalent Environmental Health MSc programme.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start date: September

Details

The course is taught using formal lectures; workshops; group work; case studies; practical simulations , industrial/commercial visits; and student centered learning. The virtual learning platform provides students with a hands- on opportunity for problem –solving. It supports building the foundation of competence through the knowledge and skills required by the CIEH, and provides an accredited pathway for science-based graduates to become environmental health practitioners. It is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

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Why study this course

This course provides the opportunity to explore the impacts that environmental health stressors (threats) have on the physical health and social well-being of individuals and communities. It comprises a twelve-month course leading to a Masters Degree in Public and Environmental Health Science.

The ethos of the course is to provide international students with the skills and knowledge to work within a range of organizations including national or local government, health services, commercial companies and private consultancies. The course is led by experienced Environmental Health Practitioners supported by external lecturers who are recognized specialists in their fields. You will have opportunity to be taught by and supported in their own research dissertations by the research scientists within the Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management.  

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)

CIEH LogoOur MSc in Public & Environmental Health is accredited by Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health is the professional body which oversees all of professional practice and qualifications in the UK. It is a member of the International Federation of Environmental Health. It has endorsed this MSc as being suitable for international students who wish to pursue a career in Environmental Health.

All international students are able to apply for free student membership of the CIEH whilst on this MSc course. This brings you a range of benefits. The necessary forms will be circulated to you during the induction week.

International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH)

The University is a member of the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) which represents environmental practitioners at an international level.

Modules

Food Safety Control

Consideration of all measures needed to ensure the safety and wholesomeness of food at all stages from growth, through production, manufacture and retail until it reaches the consumer.

Food Safety control is a larger module because it also contains important cross-cutting Environmental Health issues in more detail including:

  • Outbreaks, based on analysis of a case study
  • Microbiology and epidemiology
  • Virology
  • Port Health
  • Pest control

(30 credits)

Occupational Health and Safety

Provides an understanding of the hazards that can affect Occupational Health and Safety, and is supported by methodologies for measurement and evaluation; intervention and control.
(20 credits)

Environmental Protection and Climate Change

This provides a critical examination of the interaction between environmental pollutants and local communities including water and solid waste management; contaminated land; noise control; air pollution management and control ,relevant planning controls and climate changes sources with mitigation and adaptation strategies.
(20 credits)

Health Protection

To identify the determinants of health and social inequalities, and the socio-political context in which solutions may be found. To be able to apply the epidemiological methods and disease control strategies, apply the principles of disease association and causation, understand the role of the environment in the propagation of illness and disease, and responses to health emergencies and world pandemics.
(10 credits)

Public Health Integration

The aim of the module is for students to integrate their acquired public and environmental health knowledge across intervention areas associated with Dahlgren and Whitehead’s 1992 conceptualisation of the determinants of health and well-being. This includes the ability to demonstrate, how, a range of measures can be used to maximise the outcome for a given situation and to be able to demonstrate the complexity of the interaction of the determinants of health, and how the use of evidence based practice and reflective practice supports an effective approach. This module links closely with the Health Protection module.
(10 credits)

Chemical and Biological Incident Management Module

This module will provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific and legislative issues related to the management of chemical and biological incidents in the workplace and community. The causes and types of incident will be introduced. The management of such incidents will be examined in detail, covering the contribution of the different agencies, legislative issues, communication with the public and techniques in remediation.
(30 credits)

Research and Study Skills

In preparation for the Dissertation, there will be instruction in statistics, study design, sampling strategies and hypothesis generation.
(10 credits)

Dissertation

This will require independent research involving a critical literature review, primary data collection , analysis of results, and the synthesis and evaluation of conclusions and recommendations
(50 credits)

Fees and funding

This programme is in fee band B for international students

  • International students £17,355 FT only

Learn more about fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships
International students can gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Use the funding database search for more information.

For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

A science based honours degree which is at least equivalent to the a 2:1 honours degree from a UK university. This MSc course is for international students only.

Learn more about entry requirements.

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

See Engineering and Science under the IELTS and TOEFL section.

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

Course Schedule

MSc Public and Environmental Health Science course schedule

Students must expect to attend 4-5 days per week in the autumn and spring terms. There is little teaching in the summer term with time set aside for completing assignments, examination preparation, and undertaking the Dissertation.

Short Courses

You may wish to take the opportunity to study an additional short course leading to an extra qualification whilst at the University.

Certificate in Environmental Noise Monitoring - accredited by the Institute of Acoustics

This will be a practically based module which will enable you to make reliable measurements of background noise and noise from a variety of noise sources, according to the requirements of relevant British Standards, Codes of Practice or legislation. The presentation and interpretation of the measured data will be considered and the significance of measured noise levels in terms of acceptability to people will be assessed. The principal methods of noise control to mitigate the impact of noise on the community will be identified. Having considered the above you will be able to critically appraise the noise measurement methodology, data and interpretation in reports and environmental appraisals, and to comment on proposals for noise impact mitigation.

For further details contact: 
Sue Fellows
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3260
Email: s.fellows@bham.ac.uk

Assessment methods

Assessments are in the form of formal written examinations, group work presentations and research dissertations.

Related research

Employability

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course have found employment with:

  • Environmental Health Practitioners in the fieldGovernment Health Departments
  • Government Health and Environmental Protection Agencies
  • International and National Non-Governmental organizations
  • Multi-national companies
  • International Environmental Health Consultancies
  • Higher Educational Establishments

During the time on the course, students will be encouraged to develop employability skills which are essential for graduate recruitment. These include:

  • Time management
  • Communication Skills
  • Team working
  • Personal planning and organisation
  • Critical thinking skills