Professional/Short course Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Frenchay Campus
Primarily face-to-face with one online session
Course Director
Ellis Turner

15 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023


Accreditations and partnerships:

On successful completion of this 15 credit Enviromental Protection and Sustainability module, you will be able to access, synthesise, critically analyse and apply knowledge and understanding of:

  • the links between environment, health and sustainable development
  • those aspects and processes of human activity that may give rise to environmental contamination and impact on human health
  • the efficacy of a range of pollution prevention and control strategies/interventions
  • environmental law and standards at UK and supranational level and their efficacy in combating local and trans-boundary emissions
  • the role of environmental health practitioners in conjunction with other agencies and stakeholders in managing environmental risk

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • PGCert/PGDip/MSc Environmental Health
  • MSc Environmental Health Studies.



The course syllabus will typically include:

  • An introduction to the concepts of environment, health and sustainable development and how they relate to one another
  • Development and implementation of pollution management policies and strategies by local government, central government and international agencies; National, European and international perspectives on pollution incidents and management
  • Roles and functions of the various agencies involved in environmental protection and how they interact and collaborate
  • Environmental protection by the development and use of strategic policies such as land use planning, transport, recycling and re-use of materials
  • Environmental quality guidelines, standards and objectives for air, water and land
  • The treatment of water and sewage and implications for the health and safety of water supplies and surface waters including bathing water
  • Environmental and health impact assessment. Integrated pollution prevention and control and the best practical environmental option
  • The origin and nature of the law of nuisance and the use of statutory nuisance as a remedy in environmental health practice
  • Noise monitoring and abatement methods; the use of national and international standards and guidelines in assessing the impact of noise
  • Air quality theory and management; challenges to improving air quality
  • Environmental radiation associated with high-voltage power transmission, telephony and natural emissions such as radon
  • Procedures for the determination and management of contaminated land.
  • Principles of sustainable development and their influence on waste management strategies.


Learning and Teaching

As part of the block learning opportunity, provided each term, you will be able to engage with integrated work-based scenarios, which will enable you to experience practice-oriented learning. This may take the form of field trips, practical inspections, assessment, surveys, evidence and data gathering.

Study time

This level 7 (Masters level) module utilises a variety of learning methods such as lectures, reading, quizzes, videos and tutorials (seminars/discussions).


Assessment for this module will take the form of the production of a campus-based presentation, including questions (total 30 minutes). Working within designated groups, you will collaborate to produce and deliver a presentation with supporting information resources to a target audience. The presentation topic will be based on a contemporary environmental protection theme of public health significance and will require you to research and engage critically with a range of qualitative and quantitative data sources.

Opportunities exist for formative assessment in the module, through Blackboard collaborate sessions and activities, journal entries and individual feedback.


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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.


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How to apply

How to apply

Please click on the Apply Now button to apply for your CPD module, which you can take as a stand-alone course or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Extra information

If the course you are applying for is fully online or blended learning, please note that you are expected to provide your own headsets/microphones.

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