University of the West of England, Bristol
MSc Environmental Health

Our MSc Environmental Health course is designed specifically to enable health professionals to develop expertise in environmental health issues, and is aimed at graduates keen to acquire the professional skills associated with identifying, assessing, evaluating and controlling environmental factors that affect health. It educates and supports anyone pursuing public or private sector careers that promote and protect human health and welfare. Employability is excellent, thanks to strong links with and direct teaching input from employers across the South West.

Course Structure

Studies focus on key current environmental health concerns, and cover public health, food safety, housing, health and safety at work, and pollution management.

The core modules are:

Environmental Health Principles and Practice

A critical understanding of environmental health legal systems, risk assessment, employability skills and how they apply in practice through field visits, and input from experienced practitioners and employers.

Food Control

Developing an understanding of food safety situations along with the skills needed to assess and control them effectively. This is through a combination of teaching and practical sessions.

Pollution Management

Learning to understand, evaluate and mitigate aspects and processes of human activity that can cause environmental contamination of air (including noise), water and land.

Health and Safety Management

How working environments can affect our health, safety and welfare and how we can minimise incidence and negative effects through target-based interventions. 


Looking closely at the relationship between housing, communities and health, and the risks associated with housing deficiencies.

Introduction to Public Health

Learning how to critically analyse what determines health and illness in social, environmental and political contexts.

Health Promotion

Evaluating approaches to tackling health inequalities within communities.

Quantitative Health Research

Critical analysis and interpretation of epidemiological studies, in preparation for the research aspect of the course dissertation.


Design and execute a planned research study based on relevant methodology within an appropriate research framework.

Mode of Study

The programme will be delivered via on-line mode.


September/ January


24-36 mnths


Ÿ   a first degree (minimum 2:2 honours) in a science based discipline or 

Ÿ   hold a first degree (minimum 2:2 honours) in another discipline and can demonstrate that they have attained equivalent to the science foundation necessary for the programme in such cases; or

Ÿ   have other qualifications and/or experience considered to be equivalent by the Programme Manager.