Bachelor of Health Sciences
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, parctitioners must develop the discipline specific competencies required of their area of speciality. The focus of this degree program is the environmental public health dimension of public health.
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.
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.
are two primary dimensions to Environmental Public Health, Community
Health, which deals with the environmental factors that are of concern
where we live and where we play, and Occupational Health & Safety,
which addresses our workplace environments.
graduates are academically eligible to sit for the certification
examinations of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors,
which can lead to public sector careers as Public Health Inspectors,
Environmental Health Officers, Food Safety Specialists, and Occupational
Health & Safety Officers. The private sector also employs graduates
as Environmental Health consultants in areas such as water &
food quality, pest control, risk assessment, and indoor air quality.
events such as the Westray Mine disaster, the Walkerton water tragedy,
bioterrorism threats, and SARS have generated new demands for Environmental
Public Health expertise. It is anticipated that employment opportunities
for graduates with the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) degree
will be significantly higher than average for some time into the
future. The demand for increased capacity and advanced education of practitioners in Public Health has seen access to post-graduate programs increase sharply. More and more CBU Public Health graduates are furthering their education by enrolling in these post-graduate programs.