Courses Catalogue

Public Health V [environmental Health]

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

This course examines health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control of the major environmental health problems in developing countries. Topics include how the body reacts to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; biomarkers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems.

Course justification
According to the dynamics of disease transmission, the environment plays an important part. A clinical officer being a primary health care worker needs to be able to modify the environment against the disease causing agents in a bid to promote population health. This is only possible if he/she has sound knowledge on environmental health; hence the necessity for this course.

Course Aim
This course aims at equipping the student with the knowledge of the relationship between the environmental and health so that the knowledge can be applied in the prevention and control of diseases.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course the students will have learnt and will be able to:
a)      Describe the principles and concepts in environmental health.
b)      Discuss clean water provision and environmental sanitation.
c)      Discuss the management of solid and liquid waste.
d)     Describe the causes and effects of pollution.
e)      Describe the relationship between human shelter and health
f)       Describe understanding of the national / international regulatory frameworks