The Environmental Health major provides grounding in the fundamental sciences that underpin an understanding of the environmental risk factors that affect health and well-being and the methods used to assess them. This encompasses:
- the geographical distribution of disease
- exposure to key risk factors and methods used to minimise exposure
- the context of government legislation aimed at creating and maintaining healthy environments.
You will develop an understanding of risk factors in the natural and built environment, underlying biological processes, and the scientific methods used to investigate, monitor, and assess the effects of environmental hazards – such as pollution, unsafe food, and infectious diseases – on people's health and well-being.
UC offers a major in Environmental Health as part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Environmental Health major
To complete a major in Environmental Health within the Bachelor of Health Sciences, you will need to take the following courses throughout the degree:
- BIOL 111 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
- BCHM 112 Structure and Reactivity in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Plus another two 100-level courses from Health Sciences or other degrees.
- BCHM 281 Practical Biochemistry
- BIOL 213 Microbiology
- BIOL 231 Foundations in Molecular Biology
- BIOL 250 Principles of Animal Physiology
Plus another 200-level course from Health Sciences or other degrees.
- BIOL 333 Molecular Genetics
- GEOG 323 Geospatial Analysis in the Social and Environmental Sciences
- GEOG 325 Health, Wellbeing and Environment
- BCHM 335 Biochemical and Environmental Toxicology or BIOL 313 Advanced Microbiology
Plus another two 15-point courses at 200-level (or above) from Health Sciences or other degrees.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Environmental Health will potentially find employment as environmental health officers (requires additional qualification), laboratory roles in health laboratories, in local and national environmental health roles, or progress to postgraduate research in environmental health science.
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