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Public and Environmental Health

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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
Key fact:
Get the foundation of knowledge to work as an environmental health practitioner. You'll have opportunities to go on placements and site visits to experience a broad range of environmental and public health settings.

Page last updated 11 July 2018


Why study public and environmental health?

Public and environmental health incorporates areas of study that all fall under the umbrella term of public health.

Environmental health practitioners (EHPs) need to be adept at making sense of complex situations in the natural and man-made worlds.

Studying public health at this level will give you the grounding needed to work as an EHP equipping you to make judgements and devise intervention strategies that are rational, transparent and defendable. 

Why UWE Bristol?

Having completed an FdSc in Public and Environmental Health (or a similar subject) already, our BSc(Hons) Public and Environmental Health will help you take your knowledge of natural and human-made worlds and systems an important step further.

Gain the level of scientific and technological knowledge that's needed to work in a local authority or in industry as an environmental health practitioner (EHP).

Establish the context in which different stressors impact on humans and how different situations require environmental health intervention.

Develop your understanding of food safety, housing and health, health and safety, environmental protection and public health specialising in one area in particular.

Learn to work collaboratively and productively with other professionals and communities.

Explore fields of professional engagement that are vital to the process of identifying hazards, assessing risk and interpreting compliance against standards, guidelines and other legislative tools. These issues run strongly through the practice-based element of the course.

Where can it take me?

You'll be equipped to work as an environmental health practitioner (EHP) in a local authority, commerce or industry.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



You will study:

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

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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

You'll have scheduled learning for each module, including lectures, seminars, residential trips and visits, practicals, case studies, problem-based learning exercises, tutorials and work-based learning.

Get plenty of interaction with tutors by working in small groups.

Access online materials to complement your studies.

Work on your own substantial piece of research, exploring an area of public or environmental health of particular interest.

We have an open-door policy, so you can contact tutors or other staff with any queries or if you need any extra support.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

You'll need to devote around four hours a week of independent study to each module, on top of the time you spend on assignments, presentations and examinations.

You'll spend around 200 hours on your research project.


We'll assess you using a mixture of essays, professional interview, poster defence, professional portfolio, traditional examinations and professional examinations, such as practical food inspections.  

See our full glossary of assessment terms.



Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

We'll encourage you to get involved in the Directory of Student Training Opportunities (DSTO) to complete professional practice portfolio training, and integrate the theory with practice.


You'll go on day trips to get experience of different environmental and public health settings.

We'll also urge you to get involved in local Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) branch meetings, where the teaching team are active.

Study facilities

This course is taught at University Centre Weston.


Careers / Further study

Environmental health practitioners (EHPs) are employed in local authorities, commerce and industry. Work is varied, often combining office and field work.

You'll spend a large part of your time providing specialist and technical advice. You'll also help prevent future public and environmental health problems through health protection and promotion programmes, and getting involved in the environmental health planning process.

If legal action is appropriate, you may instigate enforcement procedures and appear at judicial hearings, to minimise environmental stressors and control risks to human health.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Top Up Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)994
Home/EU-Full Time-Top Up Year Fee (Level 3)7950

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

See our funding pages for more information.


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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).

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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