This course will open up various career opportunities for you in the UK and overseas.  A popular career choice is to work as an Environmental Health Practitioner in local government but there are opportunities in the private sector where health protection is paramount, such as international food retailers and the hospitality and leisure industry. There are also opportunities to work in Public Health and in the Health Protection Agency.

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Recent graduate and Royal Army Medical Corps Sergeant, Oswald Amponsah completed his MSc Environmental Health degree online - read his story to find out how this degree has helped his career prospects soar.


 Becoming an Environmental Health Practitioner

To qualify as an Environmental Health Practitioner, you'll need:

  • an accredited degree – this MSc course counts.
  • to pass the practical food exam included in this course.
  • an experiential learning portfolio (this is in addition to our Environmental Health in Practice requirements and it will need to be submitted to the CIEH as part of your application to become registered)
  • to pass the CIEH professional exams and professional interview.

Career alternatives to becoming an EHP

We are seeing a number of our graduates gaining employment within the private sector such as in the food industry and environmental consultancies. We have an established record of training students who are already members of, or potentially recruited into the armed forces (Army Medical Corp). However, the degree may also allow graduates to obtain positions in other career choices such as emergency planning, environmental conservation, scientific writing and risk management. There are also opportunities to work with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the delivery of community based projects, particularly in developing countries.

Registration with CIEH

Registration with CIEH requires you to undertake a range of professional assessments. Our MSc Environmental Health has been designed and accredited to meet three of the five professional requirements needed for registration purposes. Our professionally qualified academic team will be able to advise and guide you with regard to the other two aspects.  Completion of the CIEH assessments will enable you to become a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner.

Registration with REHIS

Our MSc Environmental Health online degree meets the academic requirements needed to qualify as an Environmental Health Officer in Scotland and to become registered with REHIS. Upon completion of the MSc Environmental Health, you will need to undertake the REHIS professional examinations. We advise you contact REHIS once you’ve begun the MSc Environmental Health for more information on the professional examinations and any additional requirements.

Benefits of becoming a CIEH member

We actively encourage you to become student members of the respective professional bodies when you commence your studies. For the CIEH and and as a student on the MSc Environmental Health programme you are eligible for membership of the CIEH and details can be found at Membership will allow you to network and to explore career options. Benefits include; free subscription to Environmental Health News magazine; resources and forums via member-only area (MyCIEH); exclusive member-only events; networking opportunities; technical toolkits, briefings and email bulletins and more.

As an international member of the CIEH you will be part of a globally respected public health organisation and have access to an international network of like-minded professionals. As an international member you will be open to a new network of channels as well as research and cultural exchange opportunities.

Take advantage of our careers department

The University of Derby Careers Department offers advice, support and guidance with a more focused approach to career and continuing professional development to all students. The careers staff will engage with you in online sessions, upon request in preparation for job selection, person specification, job roles, curriculum vitae preparation and techniques for interview.

Many of you will already have clear ideas regarding the direction of your career. The academic team are experts in their field of study and are able to provide professional guidance and direction to help you progress this and with their support you are encouraged to pursue professional recognition upon completion of the programme.

Progression routes:

The MSc Environmental Health programme allows progression in terms of further qualifications and employment. The Masters is a good basis for further study in the form of a PhD. It is a good basis for employment in the fields of public and environmental health both in the UK and around the world. Together with relevant experience the Masters allows for further progression to membership of the CIEH.

From a wider perspective the programmes provide a suitable qualification for those working in allied areas to progress and broaden the skills they offer. For example with the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), National and Local Government organisations, private consultancy companies and Charity organisations.