An education in public and environmental health allows a wide choice of careers to be opened up to you. It is anticipated that some of you will pursue careers working for government at both the local and national level. This would typically be in the role of a public/environmental health / regulatory compliance officer, as a community based public and environmental health coordinator and also potentially in a public health policy role.

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.

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.

Public and Environmental Health MSc progression routes

The MSc Public and 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.