Environmental Health / Sláinte Comhshaoil

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

2021 CAO Points 387

Leaving Cert
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
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.

Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

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.

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.

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

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 website: www.ehoa.ie).


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.

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

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.

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

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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