Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)
About the Public Health program
Public Health has been defined as what we, as a society, do collectively to ensure the conditions for people to be healthy. The interdisciplinary nature of public health practice demands that all practitioners of public health develop skill sets that allow them to support each other, to develop surge capacity, particularly in times of crisis or emergency. This program aims to support the development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified as core competencies for public health practice. In addition to core competencies, practitioners must develop the discipline specific competencies required of their area of specialty. The focus of this degree program is the environmental public health dimension of public health.
Just what is Environmental Public Health?
Environmental Public Health is the component of Public Health that comprises those aspects of human health, including quality of life, that are determined by physical, chemical, biological, social, and psychosocial factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling, and preventing those factors in the environment that can potentially adversely affect the health of present and future generations.
It has also been defined as comprising those aspects of human health, disease, and injury that are determined or influenced by factors in the environment. This includes not only the study of the direct pathological effects of chemical, physical, and biological agents, but also the effects on health of the broad physical and social environment, which includes housing, urban development, land-use & transportation, industry, and agriculture.
There are two primary dimensions to environmental public health. The first is community health, which deals with the environmental factors that are of concern where we live and where we play, and secondly, occupational health & safety, which addresses our workplace environments.