What is... Environmental Health?
Our environment and lifestyle affects our health. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, our homes and workplaces all can have an influence on our state of health. Students on this programme gain experience of examining issues such as food safety, environmental pollution, occupational safety and health risk management and identifying how these should be managed.
What are my... Career Opportunities?
Employment opportunities may exist in private and public sectors in areas such as environmental management, health and safety, food safety and health promotion, as well as Environmental Health Officer (EHO) in the state sector. Employers need qualified staff to steer them through their responsibilities in environmental health. State sector EHO’s are normally responsible for monitoring and enforcing standards (through advice, education and regulation) in a wide range of areas such as food safety, air and water quality and tobacco policies.
What other options do I have after completion?
There are a range of taught postgraduate courses (in Ireland and abroad) in aspects of environmental health for graduates who wish to further develop their abilities in certain aspects of environmental health. There may also be research opportunities for graduates on specific environmental health topics.
Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?
Businesses and individuals must comply with a range of health & safety standards- these could be in food, occupational and environmental areas. As an Environmental Health student, you will learn how to evaluate relevant situations, solve problems, and manage these areas. The programme is applied in nature, but has a strong scientific underpinning, especially in Years One and Two. The programme develops through subsequent years into applied areas of environmental health and examines current and developing issues. There is a period of professional practice (placement) where you can learn how to apply your knowledge of environmental health.
It is a requirement of the placement providers that all students on this programme must undergo Garda vetting procedures before being allowed to take up their mandatory placement in the HSE at the end of Year 3. Students must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made. Students with previous addresses outside of the Republic of Ireland will be required to provide evidence of vetting by the relevant authority in which the address is located and at their own cost. Currently Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student.
Areas of study include:
- Environmental Health
- Chemical Applications
- Building Technology
- Ecology and Entomology
- Food and Water Chemistry
- Noise and Radiation
- Environmental Health Science
- Occupational Safety and Health
- Food Safety
- Food Technology
- Public Health
- Health Promotion
- Environmental Health Law and Management
- Air Quality and Energy
- Environmental Health Protection
- Environmental Health Management
- Housing Policy and Defects
- Environmental Health Impact and Planning Policy
- Final Year Project.
School of Food Science & Environmental Health
T: 01 402 4355 (School Office)
What our Students say!
- “The programme was wide–ranging with a wonderful basis in a range of disciplines. I then decided I wanted to be a specialist in one particular discipline and returned to DIT to do a two years research masters in health and safety. I am now managing the Health and Safety Department in a large teaching hospital.
The Environmental Health course gave me an introduction to many of the requirements needed in the world of health and safety. Health and safety practitioners come from a variety of backgrounds, which can include engineering, science, law and environment. No one individual would possesses all of these qualifications, but Environmental Health certainly provides you a good grounding in each of the disciplines. It’s a course I would highly recommend.”