Public health plays an important role in disease prevention efforts in both developing and developed countries. The focus of a public health intervention is to prevent and manage diseases, injuries and other health conditions through the surveillance of cases and the promotion of healthy behaviors, communities and environments. With increasing problems related to water, air and soil pollution; environmental emergencies; industrial solid and liquid waste management; industrial and occupational safety; and toxic chemical hazards public health engineering has a greater role to play in today's scenario as well as in the future. Public Health Engineering, which consists of the art of improving and controlling the physical environment of man, helps to reduce the spreading of diseases hence prolong life and promote physical and mental efficiency. It bases its results on safe water supply, municipal sewering and sewage disposal, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental and public health legislation and on the use of all means available for the promotion of domestic and personal cleanliness. In order to confront these public health challenges emerging out of environmental problems, adequately trained public health engineers/environmental engineers are primordial.
This top-up programme pertaining to public health engineering relates particularly to sanitary engineering, in which the relationship between diseases and transmission routes are studied as well as environmental and public health legislation, waste water and solid waste management, toxicology and pollution control, land surveying and geotechnical engineering as barriers to encounter communicable disease transmission. This course will enable students with an existing background or already practicing in the field of sanitary science to learn the tools, technology and managerial skills necessary to intervene in dealing with the stressors and solve real-world problems impacting on our environment and health. The students will be exposed to advanced modules in Public Health engineering and will be trained to conduct appropriate research through a final year dissertation which will be qualifying students for the BSc (Hons) award.
August of each year
A Diploma in Sanitary Science or a Diploma in Environmental and Public Health or a Diploma in any relevant Public health discipline from a recognized institution and as recommended by the School of Health Sciences.