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Environmental Health Protection


Sarah Lawton
Student Profile – Sarah Lawton

Sarah Lawton is part of a team tasked with protecting the health of the public. Working as an environmental health officer for the Auckland Council, it’s the variety Sarah enjoys the most. Read more of Sarah’s story.

Health protection is an exciting and growing area in New Zealand. With this major you will gain the skills and knowledge required in this profession.
Are you interested in protecting people and communities from environmental hazards such as pollution, unsafe food, infectious diseases and poor living conditions? Health protection is a growing industry and health protection and environmental health officers are in high demand throughout New Zealand – our students generally secure employment before they graduate. Through this major you will learn about environmental health, pollution control, food safety, environmental and public health law, risk assessment, toxicology and communicable disease control.

Structure

Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the academic calendar.

You will study the following compulsory papers:

Level 5

Plus at least one paper from:

Career opportunities

  • Communicable disease investigation
  • Environmental health enforcement
  • Food safety
  • Pollution control
  • Resource management

Scholarships

The School of Applied Sciences offers competitive fee-only scholarships for the first year of the Bachelor of Science (one for every major). Some of these scholarships are for the full 3 years and are co-funded by external institutions, such as the Department of Conservation. For more information visit the scholarships website.



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