Protection of public health is the key principle underpinning the work of Environmental Health Practitioners (EHP) whether that is investigating a food poisoning outbreak or accident at work, through to noise problems, housing issues and contamination of the environment.
The course will:
This is a practice – based course with the integration of practical case studies, visits and real life examples throughout the course through to develop the ability to make informed decisions, within the legislative framework to protect health and promote well-being.
Students carrying out routine food hygiene inspection in a large catering kitchen.
Find out more about our Environmental Health course in the below video featuring our staff and students.
Through a variety of learning activities, year 1 provides an exciting introduction to the broad scope of environmental health including human health, natural environment and public health. You will also develop key skills for effective study throughout your course such as IT, laboratory and field work and report writing skills.
Students inspecting food traders at Bearded Theory music festival
You will focus on law and practice in food safety, health and safety, housing and environmental protection. Using case studies and scenarios you will learn about enforcement and criminal investigation techniques. Field trips and site visits will help to transform students into Environmental Health Practitioners.
There is an optional but strongly recommended placement year to develop practical skills, professional competence and may involve working in local authorities and/or the private sector.
You will develop a multi-disciplinary approach required for environmental health practice through case studies, complex investigation and inspection of premises. During this year you have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project in an area of interest.
Environmental health - a gateway to a global career!
This course is focussed on employability. Students gain academic, practical and professional skills with 85% of students either in work or studying six months after graduating. Graduates go on to become Chartered Environmental Health Practitioners working in either the public or private sectors both in the UK and overseas. This role is incredibly varied and includes:-
To enter this profession you have to study a course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and we are the only accredited undergraduate course in the Midlands currently offering places.
This is a practice based course with a variety of visits including:-
You will learn many professional skills e.g. how to Investigate and gather evidence; draft reports; interpret and apply the law.
Lecturing staff include highly respected and experienced practitioners teaching contemporary issues giving you the best start to your career.
Hear why our students choose Wolverhampton
The course is the first stage in becoming an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP). As an EHP you will be able to pursue a career in areas such as food safety, housing, health and safety, environmental protection and public health within local authorities or in the private sector (food industry, retail, consultancy, government organisations and travel industry). Typically you could enjoy a varied career as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner working in one of over 400 local authorities although there are many other career options including:-
You can earn:-
Students gaining hands-on experience using sophisticated environmental noise monitoring equipment.
Watch our video above featuring a recent graduate and why employers choose our graduates.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and the first stage in becoming a registered Environmental Health Practitioner. To obtain registration, students must complete an Experiential Learning Portfolio and complete professional assessments.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.