BSc Environmental Health

Overview

Science has revolutionized the way of life from primitive hunters and gatherers of firewood to the highly industrialized and technological societies today. Science seeks to equip humanity with better ways of life and healthful living in man’s environment, both at work, in the home and during recreation.

The Department strongly believes that the coherence of the principles of environmental health science and mathematics, the logical consistencies thereof, the power and versatility of these, point to the Omniscient God. The Department believes that the true science emanates from the Omniscient God, the Author and Sustainer of life. God has provided a balanced eco – system as a special gift of life to all living organisms including man in a symbiotic order. Science is defined as “the attempt by man to explain nature.” Science points the scholar to the source of wisdom, power and all knowledge. The Department believes that man is the true steward who should promote sustainable development in the use of natural resources without adversely affecting the present and future generation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Effectively confront day-to-day challenges met in private and formal work situations by applying survival skills learnt through general courses.
  2. Show appreciation of the basic principles applicable to the identification, resolution and management of environmental, food safety and occupational health and safety issues.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the history regarding the development of environmental health and its significance to the current standards and legislation.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of social sciences and how they relate to environmental health issues.
  5. Show understanding of the fundamental principles of law, the legal system, and the structure of government and government systems at local, regional and national level.
  6. Demonstrate comprehensive technical knowledge of each discipline of environmental, food safety and safety activities. 
  7. Demonstrate understanding of the legislation and principles applicable to each discipline of environmental health.
  8. Exhibit ability to collect statistical data and analyze it.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of interdependence and interrelationships between the scientific knowledge and academic knowledge.
  10. Identify and assess environmental health problems and settle on suitable strategies or solutions in tackling them.
  11. Develop a proactive stance in minimizing the inequalities that exist in most societies and an appreciation on the impact that individuals and organizations can effect through adopting an understanding and positive approach to their problems.
  12. Collaborate with other organizations, professions and voluntary groups in the promotion of environmental, food safety and occupational health issues.
  13. Show comprehension of the principles of ecological balance and the importance of bio-diversity and preservation of the environment and the need to limit the detrimental impacts of uncontrolled human activity.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of Bsc. Environmental Health, graduates can be employed in, and across, organisations such as:

1. The Ministries of Health; Water, Sanitation and Environmental Management; Local government, Defence forces (Army, Police and Air Force) and quasi government organisations (ZEMA, CCPC, ZABS).

2. Those interested in working for Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the private sector can find jobs in Mines, private companies, Environmental Organizations, research bodies, Local and International non-profit organisations that focus on specific health problems or issues.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the BSc. Environmental Health, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • For First Year Entrants: These will graduate with 236 total contact hours out of which 40 are General Requirements, 44 Cognate Courses and 152 Core Courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. An overall GPA of 2.25 is required in the major courses.
  • For Third Year Entrants:  A minimum of 135 total contact hours out of which 26 are General Requirements, 109 Core Courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. An overall GPA of 2.25 is required in the major courses.
  • No student shall graduate without clearing all the core course

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