Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health

Programme Name: Bachelor of Science Environmental Health
Programme Code: UBSENHEFXU1A

PROGRAMME RATIONALE

Traditionally the training in public health inspection was in response to adverse prevailing health conditions. Current basic training in this discipline was developed, and managed by the Ministry of Health as a three-year diploma programme incorporating two years of didactics and one year of internship.These changes provide unquestionable justification for the upgrading of the current Public Health Inspection Diploma programme to the B.Sc. (E.H.).

The level of preparation will be in keeping with international standards. As such it will enable graduates to meet the challenges, which are consistent with environmental and occupational health needs, and will provide opportunity for horizontal and vertical mobility.

Not only is there a need for upgraded education in public health, but there is also the need for an increased number of qualified practitioners both locally and regionally. In some Caribbean countries, governments have been unable to recruit sufficient numbers of adequately qualified personnel. Consequently, they have been forced to operate an apprenticeship system in which unqualified officers carry out limited public health duties.

Jamaica has been short of its public health officers’ cadre by about 40% and has not been training at the rate required to satisfy the need in the near future.

The adoption of the baccalaureate degree as the first level of professional preparation for public health practitioners in the field of environmental health will enable the graduates to enjoy greater job satisfaction and attain remuneration parity with other health professionals in the health care system.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must satisfy the following:

  1. Five passes at CXC General Proficiency with grades at 1&11 (Grade 111 as of 1998) or CSEC or at GCE ‘O’ Level, with grades at A, B or C in English language, Mathematics, Biology/Human and Social Biology and Chemistry.
  2. One other pass at the CXC general proficiency or CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level in an advanced subject*.
  3. Attendance at a panel interview is required for all selected applicants.

The compulsory subjects should be obtained at no more than two sittings. Candidates with other types of academic qualifications will be evaluated in accordance with the University’s regulations governing academic equivalence.

*Clothing & Textile, Home Management, Religious Education, Office Procedure, Principle of Business, Typing and Shorthand are NOT considered approved subjects.

 

Detailed Programme Structure
YEAR 1 (Semester 1)    
Module Code Module Name Credits  
  Academic Writing                                     
3
 
  College Maths                                            
4
 
INT1001 Information Technology
3
 
CSP1001 Community Service Project
1
 
  General Chemistry 1                                 
3
 
  General Chemistry Practical 1                
1
 
  Sociocultural Factors in Health & Disease          
2
 
  TOTAL
17
 
   
 
  (Semester 2)
 
  General Chemistry 2                               
3
 
  General Chemistry Practical 2
1
 
BIO1001 General Biology
4
 
PHS1004 Physics
4
 
HEA1021 Health Information System
2
 
HEA1002 Foundation of Public Health
3
 
  TOTAL
17
 
       
Year 2 (Semester 1)
 
Module Code Module Name
Credits
 
  Academic Writing 2                                      
2
 
  Entrepreneurial Skills                                   
3
 
COT2001 Building Construction Technology                                   
4
 
MIB2001 General Microbiology
3
 
HEA2005 Health Legislation
4
 
PSY1002 Introduction to Psychology
3
 
  TOTAL
20
 
       
  (Semester 2)    
ENH 2002  Pollution Control
3
 
ENH2002 Solid Waste Water Management               
4
 
EPI2008

Epidemiology & Disease Control                             

3
 
HEA2002 Health Promotion
3
 
HEA2003 Health Policy Planning & Evaluation
4
 
  University Elective                                           
3
 
  TOTAL
20
 
       
Year 3 (Semester 1)    
Module Code Module Name Credits  
EPI3003

Epidemiology & Disease Control  II

3
 
ENH3003 Water Technology
3
 
ENH3004 Liquid Waste Mgmt.
4
 
STA3001 Biostatistics
3
 
RES3001 Research Methodology
3
 
  TOTAL
16
 
       
  (Semester 2)    
MIB3001 Food Microbiology
4
 
ENH3002 Vector Control
3
 
OHS3001 Occupational Health
3
 
ENH3005 Meat Hygiene
4
 
HEA4012

Public Health Practice in Community Development

4
 
  TOTAL
18
 
       
Year 4 (Semester 1)    
Module Code Module Name Credits  
ENH4001

Institutional Health & Housing

3
 
ENH4002 Milk Hygiene
3
 
ENH4003 Poultry Hygiene
3
 
ENH4006 Food Hygiene
4
 
ENH4004 Major Project
-
 
  TOTAL
16
 
       
  (Semester 2 & 3)    
 

Field training at approved site from Monday to Friday for 8 hours per day. Candidates must attend and pass field training to qualify for the degree.

   
     
       
 

Total Hours:          5 x 8 x 27  = 1080 clock hours or 14 credit hours

   
  (80 hours in the field              =  1 credit hour)    
 

Hours include time for seminars, group meetings and mentoring by supervisors.