Environmental Health

Overview

Environmental Health examines aspects of human health determined by physical, chemical, biological or social factors in the environment. Environmental health is
the branch of public health that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that affect our health, such as water, food, air, buildings and waste.
It includes a massive diversity of issues as noise, inspections of restaurants and cooling towers, hoarding, wastewater and activities which can affect our health
that we all take for granted.

Nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths can be attributed to environmental risk factors
such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change and ultra
violet radiation
(WHO 2016).

It has been estimated that 25 of the 30 extra years of life we've gained over the last 100 years are the result of environmental health measures like better nutrition, sanitation and housing (Novick, L. F. 2005).

Careers in Environmental Health

Environmental health has been identified as an area where there are too few qualified officers, particularly in remote and rural areas.

Graduates work in a huge range of places, including local government, state health departments, industry and private consulting.

Graduates find work in a range of fields including:
Regulatory:

  • Food safety
  • Tattooing and body piercing
  • Gyms and swimming pools
  • Cooling towers

Health promotion and health protection:

  • Immunisation
  • Emergency management

Planning:

  • Emergency management
  • Public health

Policy:

  • Food safety
  • Emergency management
  • Research

Relevant degree programs

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Practice
The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Practice is a 36-unit program offered by the School of the Environment, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
The course articulates with the Master of Environmental Health and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the two awards.

Master of Environmental Health
The Master of Environmental Health is a 72-unit program offered by the School of the Environment, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
The course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Practice, providing higher order training in the use of health risk assessment and environmental health research. Candidates who have completed this course may be awarded credit for related topics.

Members

The Health and Environment group at Flinders University is the leading environmental health research team in Australia. The team brings a unique set of expertise in environmental microbiology, toxicology, mycology and risk assessment to achieve a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling some of the most pressing human health issues.

Professor Howard Fallowfield 

Dr Kirstin Ross 

Dr Harriet Whiley