bachelor of environmental health science

1.0 Introduction

The Bachelor of Environmental Health Science program was introduced in Cavendish University Uganda in 2010 to meet the un-met needs of the Environmental Health Professionals in the Country and the community at large in respect to Increasing professional challenges in the field of Environmental Health, trends of Preventable diseases especially Sanitation related diseases, urbanization, industrialization, increasing number of Districts in Uganda among others.

The major aim of the BEHS Programme is to produce Environmental Health Professionals with relevant scientific knowledge, Skills, competence and attitude of handling Public and Environmental health problems which exist in Uganda, the East African region and other Countries.

This Programme offers an in-depth training in the areas of, disease investigation, prevention and control, health promotion, management and administration of Public Health programs, Premises inspection, Food hygiene and food safety monitoring, Legal procedures for Health protection, Health research, Environmental Auditing, Community Diagnosis and Community mobilization, Business and financial management for Health, among others.

This curriculum borrows experiences from a number of countries including UK, Zambia, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania among others, in order to produce graduates who can competently work within and outside Uganda, in Public and Private institutions as well as being self-employed .This curriculum of Bachelor of Environmental Health Science of Cavendish University will be accredited by the National Council of Higher Education on recommendations of the Uganda Allied Health Professionals’ Council.

2.0 objectives

The Program has the following objectives:

  • To produce a professional with thorough understanding of environmental health problems, Challenges and methodologies of handling them.
  • Equip students with knowledge and skills of disease identification, prevention and control
  • To develop students’ mastery in basic theoretical and practical principles of public and environmental health
  • Enable students to appreciate the role of the environmental health practitioners in society, a sense of resourcefulness, originality, ethical conduct and professional contribution to wellbeing of the community and economic development of the Nation.
  • Develop self-educative skills and an inherent recognition for Health research.
  • Develop Professionals who are able to communicate and interact confidently with other professionals and Communities on Health issues.
  • Build capacity for students to influence communities on towards Health improvement.
  • To develop Professionals who are able to plan and manage Health services.
  • To produce Graduates who are able to create their own Jobs in Health field as well as meeting Community Health needs

3.0 Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this Programme, the graduate will be able to:

  • Conduct scientific research and publish on Environmental Health issues.
  • Interpret and enforce legislation relating to Public Health and Environment Health protection.
  • Mobilize communities for Health promotion.
  • Identify and control the common communicable and non-Communicable diseases in the Community
  • Plan, implement and evaluate Environmental Health Programs
  • Assess Health risks for work places and give technical advice on mitigation measures.
  • Conduct premises inspections and write appropriate inspection reports.
  • Assess Environmental Pollution by carrying out activities like Water testing, sewage testing, Air testing, soil testing etc.
  • Interact freely with communities and help them to address their health problems.
  • Detect Public Health Nuisances and give technical advice on their abatement
  • Enforcement Public Health Regulations, and standards on sanitation, Food Hygiene and Food Safety, Environmental pollution, solid and hazardous waste, housing, institutional Health and other matters of Public Health importance.
  • Carry out disease survei
  • llance and epidemic investigation.
  • Protect community water resources and carry out water quality assurance in order to prevent water related diseases
  • Advise on construction of sanitary facilities which include: Different latrine Technologies, Drainage systems, septic tanks, placenta pits, incinerators and other facilities of Public Health importance
  • Initiate and manage private business in health fields in order to create employment for self and for others.

4.0 Programme structure

year one

semester one
course code Module Name
EHS 111 Human environment
BJC 110 Communication Skills
BIT 110 Introduction to Information Communication and Technology II
EHS112 Principles of Epidemiology
BEHS 113 Health Laboratory Management
BPH 113 Human Biology
semester two
course code Module Name
EHS 121 Biostatistics
EHS 122 Solid & hazardous Wastes management
EHS123 Communicable and non-communicable diseases
EHS 124 Introduction to Hydrology and hydraulics
EHS 125 Environmental health microbiology

year two

semester one
course code Module Name
BPH 211 Public Health Nutrition
EHS 212 Environmental pollution
EHS 213 Excreta and waste water management
EHS 214 Principles of Demography and Population Dynamics
EHS 215 Behavior change communication for health
EHS 216 Vector and vermin control
semester two
course code Module Name
EHS 221 Safe water management
EHS 222 Town and Country planning
EHS 223 Occupational Health & Safety
EHS 224 Building Technology I
EHS 225 Food Hygiene and food safety
RSC 001 Research Methodology

year three

semester one
course code Module Name
BPH 311 Community Health practice
EEHS 312 Environmental and Public Health Law
EHS 312 Field training
EHS 313 Health Monitoring and Evaluation
EHS 314 Building Technology II
EHS 315 Environmental Impact Assessment
EHS 316 Global health
semester two
course code Module Name
EHS 321 Natural and alternative medicine
BPH 321 Health Economics and Financing
EHS 322 Health Policy planning and management
EHS 323 Institutional Health management
RSC 322 Research project