National Diploma - Environmental Health

Head of Department:                       Mr TT Poswa

Telephone:                                        (0)31 907 7652

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Department Secretary:                   Nozipho Khuzwayo                

Secretary – Telephone:                  (0)31 907 7654

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PURPOSE OF THE COURSE

At its core, Environmental Health is concerned with the health and well-being of people and other living things. This field of study does this by addressing elements of health and safety and assessing various physical, chemical and biological factors in the surrounding environment for their potential negative effects. The profession aims to prevent diseases and create healthy and aesthetically acceptable environments for people, by identifying, evaluating and controlling potential health risks in the surrounding environment. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Grade 12 with the following subjects and grades

 

Compulsory Subjects

NSC Level

Senior Certificate Subjects

Standard Grade

Higher Grade

English

4

English

D

E

Maths OR

Maths Literacy

3

4

Mathematics

D

E

Life Sciences

3

Physical Science

D

E

Physical Science

3

Biology

D

E

Any two 20 credit subjects

4

Any subject amongst Geography, Agricultural Science

D

E

DURATION OF STUDY

The minimum duration of study is three years. When registering, all students are required to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as student Environmental Health Practitioners. This once-off registration is valid for the entire duration of study.

Upon completion of the formal training programme, students will be placed by the Department of Health in compulsory community service. This must be completed before one is allowed to register as an Independent Environmental Health Practitioner with the HPCSA.  

CURRICULUM – SUBJECTS

LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

LEVEL 3

Anatomy and Physiology I

Epidemiology II

Epidemiology III

Community Development I

Community Development II

Management Practice III

Environmental Planning

Environmental Pollution: Waste and Water II

Environmental Pollution: Air Pollution

Microbiology I

Occupational Health and Safety II

Occupational Health and Safety III

Physics and Chemistry I

Food and Meat Hygiene II

Food and Meat Hygiene III

 PASSS REQUIREMENTS

A 50% pass mark is required in all subjects. In addition, some courses have a practical component, the requirements of which must also be met. 

PRACTICAL

To successfully complete some of the subjects in this course, students must demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency with equipment and laboratory instruments.  

WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING

To qualify for the National Diploma: Environmental Health, students must complete a minimum of 100 days of Work Integrated Learning, which will be outlined in the first year of study. The department does offer assistance with this requirement, but it is up to students to ensure they attend activities and arranged placements.

CONTACT US

(0)31 907 7654

General Enquires Tel: +27 031 907 7111 / 031 819 9299
511 Mangosuthu Highway, Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal,4031
511 Griffiths Mxenge Highway, Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal,4031
GPS:  Latitude: S 29 58.142    Longitude: E 30 54.768
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