Durban University of Technology Environmental Health

Durban University of Technology Environmental Health

Environmental Health

EH collaboration with Engen & South Durban Schools

Environmental Health Programme contact details:


Mrs Anusha Karamchand
Tel No: 031 373 2696
Fax No: 031 373 2038

Physical address:
1st floor Mansfield School, Gate 8
8 Steve Biko Road
Ritson Road Campus
Berea, Durban

There are 3 qualifications offered by this programme:

National Diploma Environmental Health

Bachelor of Technology Environmental Health

Master of Technology Environmental Health

Please refer to the Community Health Studies Handbook for entrance requirements pertaining to each of the qualifications above.

Important Announcement to Prospective Environmental Health Students

All prospective Environmental Health students are advised that the Durban University of Technology will be offering the following programmes for the last time:

  1. National Diploma in Environmental Health will be offered for the last time in 2021.
  2. Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Health will be offered for the last time in 2024.

Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) are health professionals who integrate comprehensive knowledge of the physical, biological and social sciences. These sciences allow them to perform as efficient practitioners in the field of Environmental Health. He or she will be a valuable member of the community who will have the skills required to advise people and to investigate, evaluate and control the many facets that affect the environment in which we live. The Environmental Health scope of practice includes: Water pollution control; Waste management Vector control; Environmental pollution control; Occupational health and safety, Port health; Health surveillance of premises; and Surveillance and prevention of communicable diseases to name just a few.

This is a career for the person who has an interest in medical/biological and environmental issues. The EHP should be a responsible person with the ability to communicate with all sectors of the population. He/she must display initiative as he/she will be expected to make decisions that may have a great impact upon the health of the community and the economy.

The Environmental Health Programme aims to:

Develop critical thinking professionals to serve industry, community and the public sector.

Provide responsive and proactive educational programme that place emphasis on serving the needs of all sectors of the SA society.

Contribute to the national agenda towards equity and redress.

Improve access and promote success in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Participate in shaping local, national and international linkages in education, research and development.

Maintain the Department’s position as a self-sustaining unit.

Contribute towards the enhancement of the quality of student life.

Ensuring quality services and infrastructure to support teaching and learning.

Attract and retain quality staff and promote staff advancement.

Develop and implement comprehensive quality management systems.

Modules offered

There are 15 modules that are offered in this programme over a period of three years. These modules are offered through lectures, self-study exercises, group work tasks and field trips where applicable. Students are required to comply with all pre-requisites as prescribed by the course outline. The course is only offered full-time over a period of three years.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Work and service learning is integrated with the three-year curriculum. WIL placements are scheduled with local authorities throughout the duration of studies. Students are also exposed to practical excursions and/or field trips to integrate practical components of their learning.
Registration with the HPCSA
It is compulsory for students to register with HPCSA (first to third year of study).

Career Opportunities

After acquiring the National Diploma in Environmental Health, students must register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as Environmental Health Practitioner which enable them to practice as an independent Environmental Health Practitioner in any of the following fields:

Community development

Environmental management

Environmental pollution control


Food and meat hygiene

Health Promotion

Occupational health and safety

Popular employers are private companies, health departments at local, provincial and national government departments. Others include large food manufacturers, industries, mines and some hotel groups and environmental consultancies.

Student Support:

Community Health Studies Handbook

Financial Aid

DUT Health Clinic

DUT Student Counselling Centre

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