IGNOU launches Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental and Occupational Health
IGNOU’s School of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies has launched PG Diploma in Environmental and Occupational Health focusing on assessing the public health risks associated with biological, chemical, physical, biomechanical and psycho-social hazards in natural and built environments.

The programme aims at various concepts related to the general environment, the environment at the workplace, related hazards and evaluation of health risk assessment by providing solutions to various aspects of environmental health occupational hazard management, epidemiology, health policy and management, and environmental health promotion.

The successful learners will be able to work with health practitioners, researchers and policymakers to develop, evaluate and monitor health policies, programmes and practices related to healthy environments.

As per the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Environmental and Occupational health centres are mandatory at hazardous process factories/unit and full time environmental and occupational health specialists are required when the number of employees in the concerned unit exceeds 200. As per the secondary data available there is an urgent need for competent professionals in this field.

Environmental health specialists focus on the effect of environmental pollution on the health of human beings. The human health is a reflection of the socioeconomic & physical environment. The main link between the workplace and the general environment is that the source of the hazard is usually the same, whether it is an agriculture activity or an industrial activity.

Eligibility: 10+2 in Science stream and graduation from any discipline
The medium of Instruction: English
Duration: Minimum 1 year and Maximum 3 years
Fee Structure: Rs. 6,600/-

Job Prospects
After successful completion of this diploma program, students find employment opportunities in various industries/institutions/organizations as risk assessors, occupational health specialists and food safety experts and also in private sectors as environmental consultants, occupational health professional, national public health agencies, and environmental institutes/agencies. Further opportunities are also there in the environmental health-related agency of the government, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), local health agencies, environmental consulting firms, private industry, non-governmental organizations, hospitals, health care organization, labour organizations, universities and college. Etc.