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Our MSc Environmental Health course explores how the environment around us impacts our daily lives and our health through analysing how stressors can affect how our bodies function. We deliver the curriculum of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (a world recognised professional body) teaching about hazard and risk in the topics of: housing and health, environmental protection and health, occupational health and safety, food safety and public health. On completing this course you will have a detailed understanding of risks and how to mitigate impacts using technical, scientific or legal interventions to create a safer and healthier environment.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) this course fulfils the academic requirement to gain recognition as an Environmental Health Practitioner. Full professional accreditation opens up a broad range of career prospects in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and abroad.

Members of the core teaching team sit on CIEH committees at both local and national level and in their accreditation visit, the CIEH commended ‘the excellent channels of communication established between Northumbria University and the CIEH’.

We offer the MSc Environmental Health as both a full-time and as a part-time course using a day release model. 

Our MSc Environmental Health course explores how the environment around us impacts our daily lives and our health through analysing how stressors can affect how our bodies function. We deliver the curriculum of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (a world recognised professional body) teaching about hazard and risk in the topics of: housing and health, environmental protection and health, occupational health and safety, food safety and public health. On completing this course you will have a detailed understanding of risks and how to mitigate impacts using technical, scientific or legal interventions to create a safer and healthier environment.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) this course fulfils the academic requirement to gain recognition as an Environmental Health Practitioner. Full professional accreditation opens up a broad range of career prospects in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and abroad.

Members of the core teaching team sit on CIEH committees at both local and national level and in their accreditation visit, the CIEH commended ‘the excellent channels of communication established between Northumbria University and the CIEH’.

We offer the MSc Environmental Health as both a full-time and as a part-time course using a day release model. 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department
Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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This course is focused upon the five core CIEH subject areas: food safety, housing and health, health and safety, environmental protection and public health.

Delivering an excellent postgraduate experience you will be offered the opportunity to question and reflect on how the world around us can impact on public health, whilst developing the skills and knowledge necessary to understand these risks and how to intervene and manage them effectively.

Teaching is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. You will also participate in debates, discussion and critiques of academic papers, field trips, case study scenarios and general discussions of academic and ethical issues.

Assessments for this course are undertaken in the form of essays, reports, audits, presentations and assessed discussions completed as an individual and part of a group.  Wherever possible assessments reflect the type of work you could be doing as an Environmental Health Practitioner in the future.

At the end of the course you will have also had the chance to complete professional exams in practical food inspection and the integrated professional assessment. In addition, many of our assessments have been devised to be used as a potential basis to complete parts of your Portfolio of Professional Practice submission to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). Using these brings you closer to gaining recognition as an Environmental Health Practitioner.

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This course is delivered by our highly experienced teaching team. Three of the core four teaching staff are Environmental Health Practitioners who bring many combined years of experience gained working across local government, public health, health promotion, private consultancy, advocacy and specialist divisions of the Health Protection Agency (Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division and health emergency planning) to equip you with specialist knowledge and skills that are at the forefront of the subject.

Our staff are research-active and hold advanced degrees in complimentary subjects (e.g. environmental engineering and sustainable development, and public health) and memberships to professional organisations (including the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Emergency Planning Society, etc.) to ensure they are aware of the latest trends, research and developments within this field.

Throughout the duration of your course you will benefit from site visits, presentations from guest lecturers and practical tasks to support you in transferring the theory you have learned into practice.

Tutor Profiles

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When studying the MSc Environmental Health course you will have access to our state-of-the-art learning facilities.

You will take part in practical experiments in our research laboratories, in addition to utilising our industry standard portable monitoring and analytical instrumentation to obtain real-world data for air quality, contaminated land and noise.

Specialist software, such as ADMS for air quality modelling, will allow you to analyse and model your findings. All of these experiences contribute to your understanding of how technology is used in the study and practice of environmental health.

With your course’s supporting documentation being available on our e-Learning Portal, Blackboard, and directed reading listed on the e-Reading Lists, both accessible at all times, this means you can support your own learning and self-development of the subject.

Departmental Facilities

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Our teaching team are research-active, specialising in fields such as health and safety management, compliance management, public health, food and safety standards, risk management, peroxides in aqueous solution, air quality, airborne particulates, environmental management in major incidents, and land contamination.

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all aspects of this course, drawing on national and international findings to deepen your understanding of environmental health.

Your research experience is further enhanced with a dissertation where you are assigned to one of the core teaching team to undertake substantial research into a specific academic or work-based topic. You are encouraged to publish your findings in an appropriate journal.

In the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise (REF2014), 55% of the Geography Department’s research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, making us a top-30 Geography Research Department based on research power.

Departmental Research

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The MSc Environmental Health degree is highly valued by employers thanks to our accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Graduates entering the job market benefit from the strength and breadth of the specialised knowledge gained alongside seeing its practical application. This, combined with transferrable skills embedded throughout the course, including written and verbal communication, team working, critical thought, and problem solving, prepare you for future graduate level employment across the public and private sectors and voluntary sector.

We boast fantastic links with local employers meaning that there are placement opportunities usually available to help you complete your CIEH Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP). Many of our students become technical officers and earn a salary whilst they complete their PPP alongside starting to gain experience in their chosen career.

Student Placements

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Graduates will leave prepared for employment in roles such as Environmental Health Officers, risk managers, public health specialists/advocates, and health and safety managers.

As a CIEH accredited Environmental Health Practitioner you can find a career in the public, private or voluntary sectors. As a consultant in the private sector you could be working for holiday chains, supermarkets, food manufacturers. In the voluntary sector you could work for charities working to bring sanitation and water to developing countries. The public sector offers roles in housing associations, advisor/regulators or as public health advocates in local government, or in central government agencies, for example Public Health England, the Environment Agency or Food Standards Agency.

You will also graduate equipped with the necessary training to support further research around the broad subject of environmental health and could progress to a PhD should you wish to in the future.

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a pure or applied science discipline.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry%20

English Language requirements


International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KE7008 -

Public Health (NC, 20 Credits)

You will learn about public health through the key issues and debates that shape current thinking, research and policy. You will build a critical understanding of the approaches to promoting and protecting health and well-being, preventing ill health and prolonging life through a societal approach. You will explore the underlying socio-economic and wider determinants of health as well as disease looking at systematic evidence based approaches to improve population health. You will focus on the key domains of public health practice through topics including:
• Health inequalities and the wider determinants of health
• Assessment and surveillance of population health and wellbeing
• Public health policy and the influence of power, politics and ideology
• Evidence based approaches across the life course to reduce risk factors
• Social Marketing as an approach to influence, make and sustain behaviour change
• The role of epidemiology to plan and evaluate approaches to prevent ill health
• Outbreak investigation and management
• Environmental hazards, resilience and emergency response

In addition to learning about current issues and debates, you will develop your critical analysis skills and abilities to acquire, assimilate and apply knowledge using risk based approaches.

On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, practice and application will serve to enhance your employability prospects within a broad environmental health / public health job sector. Students seeking to achieve Environmental Health Practitioner status can use the module assessments to support completion of two intervention areas of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health ‘Portfolio of Professional Practice’ (PH1 and PH5).

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KE7009 -

Environmental Protection and Health (NC, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the key environmental stressors that impact upon human health and ecological systems, and the legislative and technological approaches that can be implemented to ameliorate these impacts. You will learn how to design appropriate monitoring strategies for a range of environmental media, including air (ambient, workplace and industrial emissions), water (natural aquatic systems and drinking water) and land (e.g. contaminated land and waste), as well as for the assessment of environmental noise and radioactivity. Synergies between environmental and workplace exposure assessment techniques will be explored wherever appropriate, for example, noise, radon and atmospheric contaminants. You will gain experience of evaluating environmental monitoring data in the context of current research and national and international guidelines on health and ecological effects. You will develop your skills in a range of practical environmental techniques; including field sampling and analysis, laboratory instrumental analytical techniques and environmental modelling software.

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KE7010 -

Housing and Health (NC, 20 Credits)

You will learn how each of us relates to our place of residence by looking at the distinction between a house, a home and the context of society/community and how stressors conceptually apply across. In the first half of the module you will explore UK housing policy, construction and the risk based approach to assessing health impact through the application to a real world property of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS under the Housing Act 2004). In the second part of the module you will look beyond individual properties and to a community/societal context to housing and support. With the inclusion of external lecturers from practice you will gain an understanding of the application of the law to housing needs.

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KE7011 -

Managing for Health and Safety (NC, 20 Credits)

You will learn how to critically evaluate health and safety management approaches, systems and regimes. Both compliance with health and safety and its regulation will be considered. The module will cover the regulation of health and safety, evaluation of health and safety compliance, the efficacy of safety policies and safety management systems, analysis of workplace co-operation on safety matters, evaluation of health and safety risk management, analysis of intervention strategies to address a wide range of workplace safety and health risks and the evaluation of health and safety enforcement strategies.

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KE7012 -

Food Safety Management (NC, 20 Credits)

You will explore the role of the Environmental Health Practitioner in ensuring food is safe to eat. This will predominantly focus on measures businesses can take to assure compliance and the role of regulators in monitoring and facilitating this. The module will cover potential food safety hazards (biological, chemical and physical), food safety and quality management systems and the principles and practice of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) management systems. Important and topical developments in Food Technology will also be covered as will food safety law along traditional and alternative food safety enforcement strategies. Case studies in food borne ill health outbreak investigation and control will also be examined. Towards the end of the module the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Practical Food Inspection assessment will be covered and examined.

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KE7013 -

Foundations for Professional Practice and Research (NC, 20 Credits)

You will learn how the practice of environmental health across society, in different sectors and in different roles, involves the application of scientific, technical and legal knowledge gained from research and applied to your needs in an ethical and professional manner. Across the year you will learn about the key concepts around ‘health’ and ‘wellbeing’ and how we define threats as ‘hazards’ and manage them through appropriate ‘risk management’ approaches. You will study how the English Legal System is structured and how English law can be applied to protect public health from unacceptable impacts on health and on the environment.

You will further develop your learning about research through studying foundations (research theories) and the advantages and drawbacks of a range of methodologies which you will apply to your own postgraduate research alongside other postgraduate programmes in the Department. You will also be prepared to scrutinise other people’s research discovering to what extent it is appropriate, robust and meaningful – particularly the connection between research objectives or questions, methods and interpretation of their findings. You will attend lectures and seminars with other postgraduate students on Departmental courses and will gain from their insights as you discuss ideas and research methods.
You will leave the module with fundamental knowledge ready to be applied to other modules in the programme and through external speakers, you will see environmental health applied in a range of settings from the private sector to non-traditional roles working across local government.

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KE7015 -

Research or Work Related Dissertation (NC, 60 Credits)

You will learn to identify research questions and project ideas by critically evaluating current research and /or practice in a discipline and identifying an appropriate topic for your own exploration through reviews and analyses of appropriate literature and the planning, development and management of a research / work related study. The module enables you to design your research using appropriate project methodologies including through analysis and evaluation of qualitative or quantitative data and within the context of existing literature. You will learn to apply concepts, models or theories to consolidate an extended knowledge in your chosen field of study whilst being aware of your own influence on the research and project process. The module enables you to apply combinations of theoretical, empirical or practice based analysis in proceeding to further applied research or practice and to present findings effectively using academic or project based conventions. You will learn to comprehend the importance and application of research and project ethics, good practice and health and safety aspects of field research and projects including regards its potential commercial status, confidentiality and data protection. You will be able to write up the research in the form of a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation. The dissertation module equips you to cope with and extended piece of work that significantly increases your employability in the sectors represented by the MSc programme. This may include through an internship / placement within the industry itself that you use to produce the dissertation.

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KE7025 -

CIEH Integrated Professional Assessment (NC, 0 Credits)

You will apply knowledge gained from your studies of all the Environmental Health intervention areas (KE7012 Food Safety Management, KE7010 Housing and Health, KE7011 Managing for Health and Safety, KE7009 Environmental Protection and Health and KE7008 Public Health) to a case study /scenario provided to you. You will need to be able to show your competency in applying at least two of the five intervention areas to this scenario completing the tasks set during the two hour written seen exam. This is a professional assessment of your competency to practice as an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) and a requirement of the professional body – the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

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KE7028 -

Academic Language Skills for Geography (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home institution can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject area in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’.
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Discussing ethical issues in research, and analysing results.
• Describing bias and limitations of research.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Study Options

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