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Diploma in Environmental Health

Offered by: MAHSA University
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Exam BodyInternal Dip., Malaysia
Course Duration3 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)Refer to Univ.
FacultyFaculty of Health Science
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDiploma Level
Field of StudyEnvironmental Protection
Course Description

Environmental health is the branch of public health that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health. Other terms that refer to the discipline of environmental health include environmental public health and environmental health and protection.

Environmental health is defined by the World Health Organization as:

Those aspects of human health and disease that are determined by factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially affect health.

Environmental health practitioners may be known as sanitarians, public health inspectors, environmental health specialists or environmental health officers.

Environmental health addresses all human-health-related aspects of both the natural environment and the built environment. Environmental health concerns include:

  • Air quality, including both ambient outdoor air and indoor air quality, which also comprises concerns about environmental tobacco smoke.
  • Climate change and its effects on health.
  • Disaster preparedness and response.
  • Food safety, including in agriculture, transportation, food processing, wholesale and retail distribution and sale.
  • Hazardous materials management, including hazardous waste management, contaminated site remediation, the prevention of leaks from underground storage tanks and the prevention of hazardous materials releases to the environment and responses to emergency situations resulting from such releases.
  • Housing, including substandard housing abatement and the inspection of jails and prisons.
  • Childhood lead poisoning prevention.
  • Land use planning, including smart growth.
  • Liquid waste disposal, including city wastewater treatment plants and on-site waste water disposal systems, such as septic tank systems and chemical toilets.
  • Medical waste management and disposal.
  • Noise pollution control.
  • Occupational health and industrial hygiene.
  • Radiological health, including exposure to ionizing radiation from X-rays or radioactive isotopes.
  • Recreational water illness prevention, including from swimming pools, spas and ocean and freshwater bathing places.
  • Safe drinking water.
  • Solid waste management, including landfills, recycling facilities, composting and solid waste transfer stations.
  • Toxic chemical exposure whether in consumer products, housing, workplaces, air, water or soil.
  • Vector control, including the control of mosquitoes, rodents, flies, cockroaches and other animals that may transmit pathogens.

Year 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Basic Mathematics
  • English for Occupational Purpose
  • Physics for Environmental Health
  • Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Introduction to Soil and Hydrogeology
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Basic Chemistry for Environmental Health
  • Microbiology 1
  • Disease Control
  • Food Microbiology & Technology
  • National Language
  • Malaysia Studies
  • Islamic Studies/Moral Education

Year 2

  • Introduction to Environmental Toxicology
  • International Health
  • Microbiology 2
  • Environmental Health Legislations
  • Food Hygiene & Safety
  • Water Supply & Sewerage Disposal
  • Land Use & Housing
  • Environmental Health Promotion & Education
  • Pools & Recreational Water
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Government Organization and Human Behaviors
  • Pest & Vector Management
  • Environmental Health Risk Assessment
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Legal Procedure for Environmental Health
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Environmental Health Research & Report Writing
  • IT in Environmental Health

Year 3

  • Practical Attachment at District Health Offices and Local Authorities
Entry Requirements
  • SPM or equivalent with 5 credits in the following subjects:


    Bahasa Malaysia



    1 Science subject

    (Biology/Physics/Chemistry/General Science/Applied Science)

    Any other 1 subject



    GCE/O Level or equivalent with 5 Grade C in the following subjects:




    1 Science subject

    (Biology/Physics/Chemistry/General Science/Applied Science)

    Any other 2 subjects

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Career Prospects
  • Assistant Environmental Health Officer at Ministry of Health or Local Authorities.
  • Safety and Hygiene Officer.
  • Environmental Health Control/Research Officer.
  • Hospitality industry as Hygiene Officer.


All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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