The “Specialization in Environmental Health” is a continuation for the knowledge and skills gained in the “Advanced Environmental Health” program. Participants 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 participants 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 participants’ skills in a wide range of technical, creative, conceptual, and managerial competencies. The curriculum will include an advanced course in environmental epidemiology, research methods and design, risk management and communication, and management and leadership.
The program’s total duration is three months, composed of five weeks of in-service study and seven weeks of field work supervised by a dedicated mentor.
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
Participants in this program will complete the following five short courses:
- Environmental Risk Assessment
- Environmental Risk Management
- Environmental Risk Communication
- Applied Research in Environmental Health
- Scientific writing
Participants will spend seven weeks in the field to get exposed to real-life situations and 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, participants 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