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Postgraduate subject

Environment and Health

09 November 2023
Gain a professional qualification analysing risks to health, such as air pollution and housing quality.


Environment and Health


UC's postgraduate endorsement in Environment and Health is the only qualification in the South Island that qualifies graduates to work as Environmental Health Officers.

Environmental Health Officers work for councils, public health organisations, and within the private sector. Their role includes investigating and monitoring food safety, infectious diseases, and environmental health risks. Environmental Health Officers protect public health through the development of health policy, health promotion initiatives, and the enforcement of public health legislation.

Completing a UC postgraduate qualification in Environment and Health will prepare you with the practical skills you require to work in environmental health including taking environmental samples, collecting and preparing evidence for a hearing, engaging with local iwi, and using Geographic Information Systems. You will develop an understanding of risk assessment and exposure, public health investigation, and study design in order to reliably assess environmental risks. You will also be prepared with an understanding of relevant legislation including the Health Act and Resource Management Act.

Environment and Health


This endorsement begins in either February (Semester 1) or July (Semester 2).


Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

This 120-point pathway consists of these compulsory courses:

Master of Health Sciences

This 240-point research pathway consists of two parts, with these compulsory courses:

Part I

Part II


Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice

This 180-point practical pathway consists of these compulsory courses:

Environment and Health

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Related brochures

Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

Whakatairanga Tāura

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International Prospectus

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