The “Specialization in Environmental Health” is a continuation for the knowledge and skills gained in the “Advanced Environmental Health” program. Residents will be exposed to more advanced and in-depth topics in the field, which will prepare them to take the lead at their work and enhance their capabilities in the analysis of risk and management of environmental hazards. courses in this program will increase the ability of residents to predict and analyze risks, design studies, and make judgements regarding the safety of communities. Training provided at this level is expected to further advance the residents ’ skills in a wide range of technical, creative, conceptual, and managerial competencies. The curriculum will include an advanced Module in environmental epidemiology, research methods and design, risk management and communication, and management and leadership.
By the end of the program, participants will be able to:
- Design research studies capable of exploring hazards and risks in the environment
- Apply the four steps in qualitative and quantitative risk assessment: hazard identification, dose-response evaluation, exposure assessment, and risk characterization
- Develop plans to manage environmental risks
- Apply the fundamental principles of communication and message development to design community outreach programs
- Develop written communication skills targeting the general public, policy makers, and media
- Train and educate others in the basic concepts of environmental health
Residents spend seven weeks in the field work in order to be exposed to real-life situations and to practice the skills they gain with the guidance of a dedicated mentor. The following field projects are expected to be conducted during the field work period:
- Apply latest methods in risk assessment for different environmental exposures
- Communicate risk assessment evaluation clearly to the public
- Conduct interventions for environmental health issues
- Analyze and criticize different research outlets At the end of the program, residents reconvene for final presentations and discussion.
The program is targeting professionals working for ministries of health and environment, non-governmental organizations, humanitarian agencies, and private sector. It is also valuable for those looking for a career in environmental health.
Training Delivery Method
- In-class method
- Blended learning method
Residents who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert) issued by International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) and accredited by Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).