Department of Environmental Health

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (BSc)

The purpose of this programme is to produce a corps of Environmental Health Practitioners that will be able to implement the principles of risk assessment and management in order to improve the health of the community and contribute to sustainable development. The curriculum will enable them to be able to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of control measures in order to make necessary improvements. In addition, they will be able to apply research skills and interpret and apply legislation, regulations and policies related to Environmental Health and to advise/educate role players on specific issues. It is also intended that the Environmental Health Practitioner who graduates with this qualification will function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals in accordance with the scope of the profession. This graduate is expected to be able to communicate effectively, foster entrepreneurship, uphold professional and Environmental Health ethics and manage human, financial and physical resources within the scope of profession.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (BSc)

NQF Level: 8

SAQA Credits: Minimum 480

SAQA ID: 94099

CESM Code: 091302

HEQSF Qualification Type: 68

Rationale for the Qualification

This programme is designed to address scarce and critical skills in the country. Learning and Development which forms an integral part of this qualification and Human Resource Management are cited as the third and fifth critical skills out of fifteen critical skills in the country.

Additional Requirement

All students who have been enrolled in this programme will be required to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Applicants with a National Certificate – Vocational (NCV) as an NQF Level 4 qualification, especially where performance in NCV meets the requirements for entry into this programme, will be considered in line with the general University admission rules. The University also applies the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to accommodate mostly older candidates who could be employed and who have exposure to the field of Environmental Health.

Learning Assumed to be in Place

Students enrolling in this programme should be aware about the environmental health issues and be willing to work diligently and with communities. They are expected to have competence in science core subjects at the specified minimum levels and be computer literate with for the following: Mathematics; Life Sciences; Communication; Physical Science; Life Orientation; Computer literacy.

Duration of Study

The BSc in Environmental Health is a four-year fulltime qualification.

NB!! A student that is repeating a first semester pre-requisite module for an annual module will not be
allowed to register for the affected annual module in the middle of the year but will do so in the following