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Public and Environmental Health

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Health and Social Sciences
University Centre Weston
One year full-time; two years part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
David Lown

Page last updated 11 August 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Public and Environmental Health?

Public and Environmental Health incorporates areas of study that all fall under the umbrella term; public health. Environmental Health Practitioners (EHP's) must be able to make sense of complex situations from the natural and man-made worlds to arrive at judgements and devise intervention strategies that are rational, transparent and defendable. 

As a student already in possession of a sound general knowledge of the natural and human-made worlds and their systems, this course will allow you to build on this in order to establish the context in which different stressors impact on humans and how this requires environmental health intervention.

This is in four technical 'Intervention Fields' - with a fifth holding a special place:

  • Food Safety
  • Housing and Health
  • Health and Safety
  • Environmental Protection
  • Public Health

We also seek to explore particular fields of professional engagement, many vital to the process of identifying hazards, elucidating risk, assessing risk and interpreting compliance against standards, guidelines and other legislative tools. You will find these are often embedded within the strong practice-based element of the course.

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You will study a range of modules, including:

  • Public Health Futures
  • Risk Management and Systems
  • Professional Practice
  • Public Health Project

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Your learning outcomes will be integrated across the course and met through a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, residential trips and visits, practicals, case studies, problem based learning exercises, tutorials and work based learning. This will take place alongside an element of technology-enhanced learning to complement your studies, which will be fully supported by the excellent library and online resources, both at the College and UWE Bristol.

There will be substantial scheduled learning for each module. Along with this, small groups will facilitate individual interaction with your tutors. Additional support is available and an open-door policy exists for student support.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Each module has an expectation of a further four hours per week independent study as well as hours of study for assignments, presentations and examinations. The research project is a substantial piece of work into an area of public or environmental health of particular interest to you that will require in the region of 200 hours of independent study.


Assessment methods include poster defence, essays, professional interview, professional portfolio alongside traditional examinations and professional examinations (e.g. practical food inspection).  

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.



A wealth of individual day trips will provide you with interesting and practical experience. In addition, we will expect you to involve yourself in local Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) branch meetings, where the teaching team are active.

Study facilities

Library Plus facilities at both College campuses open at 08:30, closing at 18:30 each day at Knightstone, and extending to 18:00 two evenings a week at University Campus. This will give you the opportunity to use the facilities before and after taught lessons. All of our electronic resources are available externally at any time.

In addition, all Knightstone Higher Education teaching space is available for the use of student groups until 21:00 between Mondays and Thursdays.

Work based Learning

You will be encouraged to participate with the Directory of Student Training Opportunities (DSTO) to complete Professional Practice Portfolio training opportunities to integrate theory with practice. It is intended that you will build your 'employability' within the profession and give yourself ample opportunity to network with other professionals in the region.


Careers / Further study

Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) are employed in local authorities, commerce and industry. They need to have a sound scientific and technological knowledge, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals and communities. Work varies, combining office and field work. A substantial part of the time is spent providing specialist and technical advice. In addition, practitioners aim to prevent future public and environmental health problems by means of health protection and promotion programmes and by their involvement in the planning process. In cases where legal action is appropriate, EHPs may instigate enforcement procedures and appear at judicial hearings, thus ensuring that environmental stressors are minimised and risks to human health are controlled.


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent.
  • Relevant subjects: FdSc in Public and Environmental Health or FdSc Environmental Health. Any Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) accredited pathway can utilise this top-up route to qualification.

Entry requirements

You will need to have successfully completed a FdSc in Public and Environmental Health (or a similar subject).

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