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Duration

4 years

Tuition

$26,460

  Kitchener-Waterloo

Sep 5-Apr 30

Commitment

Full-Time

Delivery

Classroom

Credential

Degree

Year Founded

1967

Scholarships

yes

The Bachelor of Environmental Public Health (BEPH) is an innovative four-year program (including one paid co-op term), delivered at the honours level, that will prepare graduates for a number of progressive public and private sector careers as environmental public health professionals (EPHPs). It has been accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). EPH focuses on disease prevention and creating healthy supportive environments. EPH encompasses assessment and control of factors in the environment that target disease prevention and positively impact population and community health. The scope of practice in EPH includes but is not limited to, organization, management, education, enforcement, consultation, and health hazard identification for the purpose of prevention and control intervention of EPH hazards and the promotion and protection of the public health and the environment in: food safety, quality assurance and auditing; food security; infection prevention and control including body art safety; air quality including environmental tobacco smoke; housing; institutional health; injury prevention; recreational swimming areas and water; drinking water quality; solid, liquid and hazardous materials management; vector control; healthy built environments; and emergency preparedness and planning.

Students will obtain applied and integrated knowledge and skills in EPH sciences, emphasizing environmental epidemiology, toxicology, and risk exposure and assessment. Readiness for practice will be developed in a multidisciplinary curriculum focused around experiential learning activities that will develop knowledge of EPH theory and its application in practice.

The program will be innovative in its use of technology to investigate issues, organize and manage inquiry, aid collaboration, and communicate information. Students will be challenged to consider multiple perspectives in understanding EPH practice and policy, determining professional practices that positively impact population and community health and developing leadership perspectives and confidence to contribute to the EPH professions.

Conestoga’s BEPH program will offer students opportunities to develop strong critical thinking, risk assessment and professional communication skills that will enable them to work successfully on an inter-professional team in the EPH field.

What You’ll Learn

  • Appreciate the role of public health in society through an exposure to the history of population health in Canada.
  • Apply and integrate theory and practice of environmental health sciences, infection prevention and control, and injury prevention to assess and control factors in the environment to target disease prevention and positively impact population and community health.
  • Interpret the context, structure, functioning, and effectiveness of public health systems and other programs aimed at protecting and promoting the health of the public.
  • Categorize the factors affecting the etiology, incidence, and prevalence of major health problems and disparities in populations.
  • Classify the major sources of chemical, microbial, and physical agent contamination identified in water, air, soil, and food.
  • Analyze the effects of environmental contaminants on the human body and the mechanisms through which they produce effects.
  • Influence positive health behaviour change through the use of current technology and resources by investigating and analyzing issues, managing inquiry, collaborating, and communicating information.
  • Apply risk assessment and control strategies to chemical, biological & physical hazards in the environment.
  • Outline the importance of risk perception in influencing the views of the public on environmental hazards and the importance of this in Environmental health.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative research findings; organize the findings across studies, and make appropriate evidence informed recommendations based on current knowledge.
  • Incorporate relevant research and theory in the formation and implementation of programs, policies and practices.
  • Apply the basic methods used in compliance verification, outbreak investigation, infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, disease and injury prevention, and evaluation of screening tests.
  • Apply compliance techniques for environmental public health legislation with an understanding of the legislative process from evidence collection to court procedures.
  • Demonstrate professional communication by organizing data and information, developing technical reports, and giving oral presentations on recognition, evaluation, management, and control of environmental health hazards.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, leadership, teamwork and cultural awareness in an inter-professional team and when working with diverse populations.
  • Apply professional judgment and adherence to ethical and legal codes and standards, including ensuring privacy and confidentiality of information.
  • Differentiate between the roles and responsibilities of government, non-government agencies, and private organizations in terms of environmental health.
  • Evaluate effective engagement, information sharing and behavioural change techniques through collaborative, inter-professional population-focused practice.

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Student Reviews (8)

Conestoga College

Best in Ontario

Kristen Chan

Kitchener-Waterloo • April 12, 2022

Graduated From

Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development (Honours)

Overall:

5 out of 5

Instructors:

5 stars

Curriculum:

5 stars

Job Assistance:

5 stars

Lots of work-integrated (WIL) learning and amazing community feel to this program at Conestoga. Invaluable experience in a kindergarten classroom topped off excellent classroom training by first-rate professors in this bachelor's degree program. Highly...

Lots of work-integrated (WIL) learning and amazing community feel to this program at Conestoga. Invaluable experience in a kindergarten classroom topped off excellent classroom training by first-rate professors in this bachelor's degree program. Highly recommended.

Conestoga College

Great applied program

Tyler M.

Kitchener-Waterloo • January 13, 2022

Graduated From

Software Engineering Technology (Optional Co-Op)

Overall:

5 out of 5

Instructors:

5 stars

Curriculum:

5 stars

Job Assistance:

5 stars

I'm in my second year of the Software Engineering Technology program and have only great things to say about my experience. Good faculty and curriculum, nice campus, and a lot of focus on career support and practical training. Glad I chose it over comp...

I'm in my second year of the Software Engineering Technology program and have only great things to say about my experience. Good faculty and curriculum, nice campus, and a lot of focus on career support and practical training. Glad I chose it over computer science in the end.