Environmental Health Programmes

The Department has accreditation of the West Africa Health Examination Board to run the following programmes

  1. National Diploma in Environmental Health
  2. Higher National Diploma in Environmental Health
  3. Diploma for Environmental Health Technician
  4. Diploma in Food Hygiene
  5. Diploma in Health Education
  6. Higher National Diploma in Public Health Nursing



Environmental Health also refers to the theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling and preventing those factors that can potentially or adversely affect the health of man both at the present and future generations. In Nigeria, the government is determined to ensure that the EHO trained in Nigeria is able to measure favourably in his level of knowledge to his counterpart trained in any other part of the world.

An Environmental Health Officer who is properly educated constitutes a formidable force to deliver preventive health services to the community. Achieving this goal becomes more urgent when it is realised that as high as 70% of hospital beds in Nigeria are occupied by persons whose condition are not only preventable, but need not be ill in the first place; had the necessary controls been put in place to ensure appropriate level of environmental health in our various communities.


The programme in Environmental Health is designed to produce Environmental Health personnel who will be able to organize and  ensure healthy environment in homes, communities and work places; thereby bequeathing to the public a sustainable level of health to enable them live and perform optimally in their community.


Job Opportunities

A certified and licensed EHO apart from establishing his own private practice in any of the subspecialties of environmental health, also has great potential and opportunity to be employed to work in the:

Public sector at all levels with Ministries of Health, Environment, Agriculture, Water Resources, defence (Army, Navy & Air force), Prison Service, Customs Service, Immigration, Police    Force, Environmental protection agencies, waste management  Authority, urban and regional planning, primary health care agencies, etc;

Private sector with oil companies, banks, hospitality industries, private environmental health service providers, waste management facilities, etc;

Structure of the Programme

The National Diploma in Environmental Health Science is a non-terminal. This is structured to last for two years (four semesters). At the end of the National Diploma, successful students proceed to the Higher National Diploma programme for which trainee will be awarded a Higher National Diploma in Environmental Health, after another four semesters; making a total of 8 semesters for the ND and HND.


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement into the National Diploma in Environmental Health Science programme is five (5) credit passes in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE), National Examination Council (NECO) or General Certificate in   Education (GCE) ordinary level at not more than two (2) sittings, their equivalent as may be approved by EHORECON or WAHEB. The subjects must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology/Health/Agricultural Science, Chemistry and any one from the following: Geography, Economics, Food and Nutrition, Physics, Technical Drawing.

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