B.Sc Environmental Health
The Philosophy of the Programme
The postgraduate diploma is designed to serve as a structured retraining program for holders of the diploma in environmental health, who are already practicing; and to provide practical skills for those who have acquired BSc and higher qualifications with less or no practical training. The program will therefore provide high quality training both in practical and theoretical aspect of environmental health. The aim is to produce environmental health practitioners who are well –equipped to perform their job effectively and efficiently; with confidence of their contributions to optimal health of the population, employment generation, integrity of the environmental aesthetic and of course sustainable national development.
The graduates of the program will be able to identify, plan, implement and evaluate activities and program designed to prevent and control diseases, promote public health through organized societal efforts, thereby reducing the burden of diseases to acceptable minimal level.
Candidates intending to enter the B.Sc. (EH) programme must satisfy individual university’s admission requirements. In addition to this, two modes of admission are open to candidates intending to study Environmental Health in any Nigerian university. A candidate may enter the programme at either Part I/100 levels (through UME JAMB) or by direct entry at Part 200 levels.
(a) Admission to Part I.
Candidates may be considered for admission to Part I B.Sc. (EH) or B. Tech( EH) Degree course after passing at the required level, the UME Examination of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), provided they obtain the West African School Certificate (WASC), National Examination Council (NECO) or the General Certificate of Education (SSCE/GCE) at credit level in five subjects including English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Health or Agricultural Science taken and passed at not more than two sittings.
(b) Part II: Direct Admission.
- In addition to ‘O’ Level requirements, candidates may be admitted through JAMB direct entry into Part II of the programme provided they have any of the following qualifications:
- Good pass at Advanced Level of the General Certificate of Education or its equivalent in any two of Biology (or Zoology), Chemistry and Physics
- The Public Health Inspector’s Diploma of the Royal Society of Health Dip RSH) or West Africa Health Examination Board (WAHEB) Diploma for Public Health Superintendents/Health Technologists.
- National Diploma (ND) (Upper Credit) in Environmental Health Sciences, Community Health, or such other relevant qualifications as the host University or relevant regulatory bodies may prescribe from time to time.
Duration of the Programme
The programme is designed to run for a minimum of 10 Semesters for UME candidates and pro rata for direct entry students depending on point of entry. Other requirements shall be as specified by the host University.
The first year of the programme introduces students to the basic scientific concepts upon which environmental health is based. This level is essentially a faculty of science-based program as obtained in similar health sciences and science based degree programmes. Courses of instruction would include among others; Chemistry, Biology/Zoology, Mathematics, Physics and Communication & Laboratory Skills.
In the second year, students are introduced to the Biological science, microbiology and bacteriology, food and nutrition science, and environmental planning and construction. Specific environmental health/health sciences are introduced at this level. The courses at this level should incorporate both classroom teaching, laboratory practical and field trips.
Core Environmental health subjects are introduced in the third year as well as basic epidemiology and biochemistry. Transferable skills in research methods, entrepreneurship, data interpretation, analysis and problem solving are developed.
The fourth year shall comprise of core environmental health subjects and professional exposure, the latter being field experience based. Students during their industrial attachment shall be required to undergo supervised field experience in different Environmental Health settings in order to provide appropriate exposure to the practice of components of environmental health (perceptorship). This field experience shall include but not limited to rural and urban sanitation, industrial sanitation, occupational health programme, disease/vector control, environmental health administration and practice to mention a few.
The final year of the programme builds on the experience gained above and introduces contemporary issues in the practice and application of Environmental health. Students shall undertake a research project to be examined by an external examiner.
At the end of the programme, the Council shall administer two courses during the final examination of the students. These courses shall cover all aspects of the job of an Environmental health officer as stated in courses - EHS 510 Environmental Health Practice 1: and EHS 512 Council paper 11.
Each student must keep and present log book for assessment at the end of his/her industrial attachment. Direct entry candidate with the Dip RSH/WAHEB Diploma may however be exempted from some part of the field attachment as may be jointly agreed by EHORECON and the university from time to time. Log book shall carry not less than 20% of overall industrial attachment score.