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Master of Science in Environmental Health


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Master of Science in Environmental Health

Program Objectives

1. To train environmental health professionals who are capable of designing environmental health legislation, standards and guidelines related to environmental health disciplines.

2. To train environmental health professionals who are cable of developing and executing appropriate low cost environmental health technologies for communities 3. To produce competent environmental health professionals that will be engaged in

teaching environmental health in health training schools and other settings.

4. To train environmental health managers who are capable of planning, organizing, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating environmental health services and programs in theMinistry of Health and other governmental and non-governmental sectors in the country.

5. To train professionals on aspects of applied research with adequate insight to solve the existing problems.

6. To produce professionals who are able to develop and use appropriate technology relevant to existing situation of Ethiopia.

7. To produce professionals that can respond to existing and emerging environmental health issues at different sectors

8. To produce professionals who can involve in environmental policy and decision making system at various levels

9. To produce professionals that are able to undertake basic and applied researches in Environmental Health area

10. To produce professionals that will ensure sustainable development in the nation

Professional Profile

1. Experts in control of Environmental pollution 2. Experts in Ecotoxicology and risk assessments 3. Hygienists in occupational and industrials settings 4. Environmental policy and Environmental law consultant 5. Food Safety specialists

6. Water and sanitation technologist


7. Ecologist and Environmental conservationist 8. Researchers in Environmental Epidemiology 9. Environmental impact assessment specialist

10. Educator and researcher and various environmental Health related fields 11. Project manager for Environment and public health related programs 12. An expert in policy development in health and environment

13. A resource person in sampling and analysis of environmental pollutants 14. Health service planner and manager

15. Quality control expert

Graduate Profile

Graduates of Master of Science in Environmental Health are going to be involved in:

 Teaching at higher education institutions in Environment and Health and public health related areas

 Providing consultancy services for different organizations in areas of Ecotoxicology, Food safety, disease ecology, waste management and related area

 Providing consultancy services for different organizations in areas of Ecotoxicology, Food safety, Ecology, Waste management and related area

 Undertake Environmental Impact Assessment on area which need the study

 Will be involved in policy and decision making in Environmental health related problems

 Work in industries and other occupational settings as hygienists

Upon completion of the 2 years course program in EST, the graduate is expected to work as:

1. Water and sanitation technologist

2. Solid and liquid waste treatment/ management technologist 3. Ecologist and Environmental conservationist

4. Environmental impact assessment specialist 5. Educator and researcher

6. A resource person in sampling and analysis of environmental pollutants 7. Quality control expert

8. Environmental engineer


Admission Requirement

Bachelor degree graduates who have pursued a minimum of three years of higher education institution in the fields of health sciences (BSc in Environmental Health, BSc in Nursing, BSc in Laboratory Technology, BSc in Pharmacy, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dentistry, BSc in Health Officer, BSc in Health Education, BSc in other health related fields . Candidates shall pass the entrance exam prepared by the department to be enrolled as an MSc Environmental Health student. In addition, other rules and regulations of the university shall be implemented.

Duration of the program

The training will be given for two years. If a candidate is failed to finish his thesis in two years, he/she will be given one more year to accomplish the remaining courses. Otherwise the rules and regulations of the university will be strictly applied.

Graduation requirement

 A graduate student must sustain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 at the end the study period.

 A graduate must obtain a maximum of one C grade in non-specialty courses as well as in CBTP, DTTP and Graduating thesis.

 Other rules and regulations of the University will be applied.

General teaching and learning methods

The general teaching methods for this MSc program in Environmental Health is more of practical and student centred. The minimum attachment will be the lecturing system with frequent seminars which will be handled independently by students. There will be more laboratory and experimental field works according to the need of the specific course. Students will have an opportunity of eLearning through the university’s platform. In addition modular systems and professional attachments to different actual workings, the community based teaching strategies (CBTP and DTTP) will be also implemented.


Course List

Courses to the programme are divided into compulsory and selective courses. Interested, students will be allowed to take additionally a maximum of two optional courses in consultation with the department and research advisor.

Compulsory Courses

S.No. Courses CrHr Remark


Principles and Current Topics in Environmental Health


2. Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment 2 3. Environmental Pollution and Control 2 4. Food Microbiology and Chemistry for Safety 2

5. Water supply and Public Health 2

6. Waste management and Public Health 3 7. Environmental Impact Assessment 2 8. Industrial and Occupational Hygiene 2

9. Environmental Epidemiology 2

10. Advanced Biostatistics 2

11. Human Toxicology 1

12. Advanced Medical Entomology 2

13. CBTP 3

14. DTTP 3

15. Educational Tour 1

16. Graduate Thesis 6

Total Credit Hours 37 + 4= 41

Elective Courses

2 Environmental Chemistry 2

3 Advanced Ecology 2

4 Environmental Microbiology 2

5 Pollution Impact of Pesticides 2

6 Environmental Policy and Law 2


Course breakdown by semester Year I Semester I

Course code Course Title CrHr

EnvH501 Principles and Current topics in Environmental Health 2

EnvH502 Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment 2

EnST 607 Environmental Pollution and Control 2

EnvH503 Water Supply and Public Health 2

EnvH504 Food Microbiology and Chemistry 2

EnST 602 Environmental Impact Assessment 2

EnvH505 Environmental Epidemiology 2

Total 14

Year I Semester II

Course code Course Title CrHr

EnvH506 Human Toxicology 1

EnvH507 Waste management and Public Health 3

PuBH 614 Advanced Biostatistics 2

EnvH508 Industrial and Occupational Hygiene 2

EnvH509 Advanced Medical Entomology 2

Total 10+4 (2 elective

courses) Year I Semester II Only Two Selective course

Course code Course Title CrHr

EnST 603 Environmental Chemistry 2

EnvH510 Advanced Ecology 2

EnST 601 Environmental Microbiology 2

EnST 609 Pollution Impact of Pesticides 2

EST 703 Environmental Policy and Law 2

Total 8

Year II Semester I

Course code Course Title CrHr


EnvH511 CBTP 3

EnvH512 DTTP 3

EnvH513 Educational Tour 1

Total 7

Year II Semester II

Course Code Course Title CrHr

EnST704 Master Thesis 6

Total 6


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