The Department of Environmental Health is one of the four Departments under the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Polytechnic.
It was founded on 1st September 1995 after the re-organization of the then Mathematics and
Science Department where it existed as a Section offering a Diploma in Public Health;
a programme that had been in existence since the Polytechnic opened its doors in 1965.
Environmental Health (EH) is the assessment and management of environmental influences (e.g. chemical, physical, biological, social and
psychosocial factors) on human health. This entails the study of water and food safety and hygiene (including production, distribution and
fitness for human consumption), occupational health and safety (including investigation and control of work-related ill health), communicable
disease (including investigation, control and prevention), the built environment (including homes, workplaces and public spaces) and
environmental protection (including the control of the air, land and water pollution). EH is that branch of Public Health, which focuses on
the impact of environmental factors on human health and well-being. EH takes a preventive approach to tackling disease and ill health.
The above description clearly shows that EH is a diverse profession covering aspects of physical, social science and civil engineering producing
a graduate with a holistic understanding of preventive health, community development and environmental protection.
To be a centre of Excellence in Environmental Health training for sustainable development in Malawi and region.
To train highly qualified and competent environmental health graduates through offering demand driven training programmes and
research in collaboration with industry and government, dissemination through scholarly publications, and service to professional
societies and the community in order to effectively deal with current and emerging environmental health problems in the country and region.
Currently the Department offers one undergraduate degree program Bachelor of Science Environmental Health, a postgraduate degree
Master of Science Environmental Health and two other postgraduate programs namely Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering and
Master of Science in Occupational Safety & Health to be their first intake soon.