Environmental Health

Environmental Health is about protecting individuals and communities from environmental health hazards.

Examples include pollution, infectious diseases, unsafe food and water, unsanitary living conditions, etc.

Studying in this area involves learning about risk assessment, environmental and public health law, and how to respond to particular environmental health hazards.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Environmental health officer
  • Health protection officer
  • Public health officer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Environmental compliance inspector
  • Occupational Health and Safety officer
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Health inspector
  • Health policy analyst
  • Science teacher
  • Researcher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

185% of national
median earnings


Employment

63%
Employed
0%
Unemployed
12%
Further study
25%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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