Professional course Pollution Management

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences
Course Director
Phil Gilbert

Page last updated 4 October 2021


Accreditations and partnerships:

On successful completion of this module you will be able to: 

  • Have an understanding of earth systems and the direct or indirect impact on health.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, record, analyse, evaluate, and present information on environmental health stressors.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of those aspects and processes of human activity that may give rise to environmental contamination and impact on human health.
  • Critically evaluate pollution prevention and control strategies/interventions and the role of the EHPs in the light of legislative requirements and guidance.
  • Critically evaluate the impacts of different pollution pathways, and the merits of different pollution management strategies.



Introduction to earth systems

  • Principles and practice of pollution management applied to emission sources.
  • Noise monitoring and abatement methods. Assessment of a noise or vibration source.
  • Development and implementation of pollution management policies and strategies by local government, central government and international agencies. National, regional (EU) 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.
  • Principles of sustainable development and their influence on environmental policy and waste minimisation.
  • Environmental quality guidelines, standards and objectives for air and water.
  • 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 nuisance and the use of statutory nuisance as a remedy in environmental health practice.

Regulating prescribed processes

  • Air quality management areas.
  • Environmental radiation associated with high-voltage power transmission, telephony and natural emissions such as radon.
  • Procedures for the determination and management of contaminated land.
  • Waste management strategies.
  • Interpretation of environmental data and environmental modelling.

Learning and Teaching

The module will be delivered employing a variety of techniques requiring you to utilise and further develop your skills of independent learning.

Technology will be used where appropriate to support lectures, seminars, practical workshops and scheduled learning. Various opportunities will be provided for self assessment and formative feedback throughout the course of the module.

Study time

Contact Hours: 46

Scheduled learning: 24

Student Centred Learning: 80

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