Professional/Short course Housing

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences
One semester
Course Director
Ellis Turner

15 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 2 February 2023


Accreditations and partnerships:

This 15 credit Housing module will focus on the private rented sector, including housing stock characteristics, the public health impacts of housing and neighbourhoods, housing assessment and housing regulation.

This module will look at how Environmental Health professionals can assess the risk of, and regulate the private rented sector to reduce or remove health impacts; either using legislative powers, public health measures, or both.

On successful completion of this level 7 (Masters level) module, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the complex relationship between housing and health, and through this recognise how social, political and economic factors combine to bring about poor housing standards in a range of types of housing and housing tenure.
  • Evaluate and reflect upon the risks associated with housing defects and deficiencies, and determine the intervention that is the most satisfactory course of action.
  • Comprehend the problems of multi-occupied housing.
  • Critically understand continuing evolution of building components with respect to improvements in health and carbon reduction.
  • Determine and reflect upon the criteria for successful area renewal or improvement could be considered to remedy housing, social and environmental problems including effective consultation and evaluation.



The syllabus will typically include:

  • the various forms of historical and contemporary building construction techniques; the diagnosis and remediation of common housing defects of public health significance
  • the relationship between housing and health: accepted and emerging evidence; social inequalities and their influence on housing risk factors and health; housing condition variance geographically and across tenures
  • area deprivation and social exclusion: Causes of neighbourhood decline (social, economic, government policies)
  • indices of deprivation
  • review of the efficacy of government regeneration policies past and present; legal basis for neighbourhood renewal; partnership working and community involvement in renewal/regeneration activities
  • application of risk assessment techniques in characterising the health and safety risks associated with housing of varying construction types, age, tenure and occupancy
  • utilisation of appropriate statutory guidance documents in quantifying risk; critical awareness of the uncertainties associated with risk assessment methodologies
  • application of housing law in improving housing conditions: Knowledge and application of primary and secondary legislation; the utilisation of statutory guidance to inform and support decision making; statutory duties and powers; the efficacy of housing legislation in improving housing conditions and protecting public health
  • consideration of the potential for elevated health and safety risks associated with multi-occupied housing in relation to matters such as fire, overcrowding and shared amenities; evaluation of the strategies and interventions available to eliminate/mitigate risk
  • consideration of the features of sustainable housing and communities: carbon emissions and contributions to climate change; energy efficient housing; land use planning; transport planning; healthy environments; flooding; water supply and demand.

Study time

Contact hours: 40

Scheduled Learning: 24

Student Centred Learning: 86


  • A defended poster. This will be an individual assessment where you will be required to analyse public health data, assess risks to health and critically discuss available courses of action.
  • A housing risk assessment and written assignment. The written assignment will be a critique of the process of undertaking an inspection/risk assessment and the system used to undertake the risk assessment.


Professional accreditation

This level 7 (Masters level) module is accreditated by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

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