Professional course Environmental Protection and Sustainability (Distance Learning)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences
Distance learning
Course Director
Ellis Turner

Page last updated 4 October 2021


Accreditations and partnerships:

On successful completion of this 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 syllabus will 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

Teaching is delivered in the format of up to 12 online lectures (delivered with Adobe Presenter software or software of an equivalent nature), plus online seminars, formative assessments and other forms of interactive/collaborative activities utilising tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, Blogs, Wikis, quizzes and discussion boards. These are delivered via the Blackboard online learning platform.

Essential, indicative and supplementary online learning materials and resources are also provided via Blackboard, with links to online library resources.

Study time

This distance learning module utilises a variety of learning methods such as asynchronous online activities (including lectures, reading, quizzes, videos) and synchronous tutorials (seminars/discussions).

Progress through the module is managed through time-dependent release of online resources to ensure structured progression through the learning materials and the synchronous activities promote development of the student-tutor relationship and encourage a cohort identity in addition to supporting core learning.

Approximately 30 hours of directed study (e.g. online lectures, seminars, etc) are delivered via Blackboard.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.
Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

How to apply

How to apply

Please apply online.

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