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Environmental Health / Sláinte Comhshaoil

Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Health

2022 CAO Points: 346

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements 

At least O4/H7 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry or Biology

QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5:


  • CASFX / 5M5267 Food Science
  • CASLT / 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques


C20006 / 5N2746 Biology
C20011 / 5N2747 Chemistry
D20022 Food Chemistry
C20041 / 5N0737 Microbiology
C20024 / 5N5245 Food Processing
C20140 / 5N2006 Nutrition
C20048 / 5N1460 Physics
B20029 / 5N2066 Statistics
D20127 / 5N5245 Food Preservation & Processing
D20001 / 5N0749 Anatomy & Physiology
C20033 / 5N2751 Laboratory Skills
C20049 / 5N2528 Plant Science
D20165 / 5N1794 Safety & Health at Work
C20139 / 5N1833 Mathematics
Leaving Certificate Mathematics 04/H7

Level 6: Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline

Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants:

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Additional Requirements/Information:
TU Dublin students must undergo Garda Vetting. They must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made. Currently, Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student.

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, our homes and workplaces all can influence our state of health. Businesses and individuals must comply with a range of health & safety standards, in food, occupational and environmental areas.

In this course, you’ll study issues such as food safety, environmental pollution, occupational safety and health risk management, and how these should be managed.

The course is applied in nature, but has a strong scientific underpinning, especially in Years 1 and 2. In Years 3 and 4, you’ll expand into applied areas of environmental health and examine current and developing issues.

Areas of study include environmental health, microbiology, building technology, ecology and entomology, food and water chemistry, noise and radiation, occupational safety and health, food safety, health promotion, air quality, housing policy and defects, and environmental health protection.

Work Placement

In the period of professional practice (placement), you’ll learn how to apply your knowledge of environmental health.

Graduates go on to work in private and public sectors in areas such as environmental management, health and safety, food safety and health promotion, as well as Environmental Health Officer (EHO) in the state sector. Environmental Health Officer, Health and Safety Inspector.

Employers need qualified staff to steer them through their responsibilities in environmental health. You can go on to work in private and public sectors in areas such as environmental management, health and safety, food safety and health promotion, as well as Environmental Health Officer (EHO) in the state sector. State sector EHOs are normally responsible for monitoring and enforcing standards (through advice, education and regulation) in a wide range of areas such as food safety, air and water quality, and tobacco policies (see Environmental Health Officers’ Association).

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Building Technology for Environmental Health 1
  • Introductory Physics for Science & Health
  • Environmental Health Chemistry
  • Mathematics and IT Skills for Environmental Health
  • Environmental Health Biology

Semester 2

  • Communications for Environmental Health
  • Building Technology for Environmental Health II
  • Basic Microbiology for Environmental Health
  • Introduction to Law and Principles of Risk Analysis
  • Environmental Health Ecology & Entomology
  • Environmental Health Food & Water Chemistry

Semester 1

  • Food Technology for Environmental Health
  • Introduction to hydrology, hydrogeology and atmospheric sciences
  • Environmental Health Microbiology
  • Food Safety (Animal Origin)
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Building Design, Services and Finishes for Environmental Health

Semester 2

  • Product Surveillance for Environmental Health
  • Environmental Health Physical Applications – Noise & Radiation
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Environmental Health Management
  • Environmental Health Applications
  • Food Safety Management * 

*Students will complete the National Hygiene Partnership Certificate - delivered in Stage 2, Semester 2. This additional certification is embedded with the course. The validated module is recognised by the NHP. 

Semester 1

  • Professional Studies for Environmental Health
  • Food Regulatory Affairs
  • Food Safety & Quality Systems
  • Risk assessment for Occupational Health
  • Quality & Energy Management
  • Public Health
  • Housing Policy and Defects
  • Environmental Health Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
  • Professional Placement**

**Extended Semester 2 – Environmental Health Professional Practice (Commence End Jan until mid-August: 3.5 months with the Health Service Executive, Department of Health and 3.5 months with private industry). 

Semester 1

  • Environmental Health Research Project
  • Environmental Health Impact & Planning Policy
  • EH Optional Module
  • Environmental Health Law & Management

Semester 2

  • Food Safety
  • Safety Management and Emergency planning
  • Health Promotion
  • Environmental Management and Protection
  • Built Environment for Environmental Health
  • Health Risk Assessment

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

The course was wide-ranging, with a wonderful basis in a range of disciplines. I then decided I wanted to be a specialist in one particular discipline and returned to do a two-year research master’s in health and safety. I am now managing the Health and Safety Department in a large teaching hospital.

Health and safety practitioners come from a variety of backgrounds, which can include engineering, science, law and environment. No one individual would possesses all of these qualifications, but Environmental Health certainly provides you with a good grounding in each of the disciplines. It’s a course I would highly recommend.

Our student Sean tells us about his experience studying Environmental Health (TU869) at TU Dublin.

TU Dublin Student Anusha tells us about her experience studying as a mature student on our undergraduate Environmental Health course.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide. There’s a range of taught postgraduate courses (in Ireland and abroad) on aspects of environmental health, and there may also be research opportunities for graduates on specific environmental health topics.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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