Environmental Health Science as a discipline focuses on all factors in man’s physical environment which exercise a deleterious effect on his physical development, health or survival. It examines those aspects of human health, including quality of life, which is determined by physical, biological, chemical, social and psychological factors in the environment. The discipline also studies the theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling, and preventing these factors that can potentially affect adversely the health of present and future generations. Environmental health programmes are organized community efforts to monitor and modify man-environment-relationships in the interest of better health. The programme applies social science theories for the explanation of behavioural aspects of health and medicare.
The major aspects of Environmental Health Science include Hygiene Education and Promotion/Sanitation, Fundamentals of Epidemiology/Enforcement of Environmental Health Standards, Control of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases and Surveillance, Water Resources/Management of Emergency Situations, Environmental Health Laboratory, Occupational Health and Safety, Radiation Health and Air Quality Control, etc. Internationally, Environmental Health is a regulated profession. In Nigeria, Act 11 of 2002 established the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council, a body mandated with the regulation of Environmental Health Training and Practice.
In February 2016, the Senate of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) at her 402nd meeting held on Thursday 25th February 2016 graciously approved the creation of the Department of Environmental Health Science from the Department of Public Health. Professor I. N. S. Dozie was the first Coordinator of the new Department from 2016 to June 2017, and Dr. (Mrs) S. I. Umeh became the pioneer, Ag. Head of the new Department in July 2017 till date.
The philosophy that underpins this programme is training of personnel to the highest academic and professional standards in the identification and management of environmental health and safety issues in order to provide highly skilled manpower, trained specifically for promoting health and preventing illnesses through the application of scientific skills to solving real-life problems and better management of environmental hazards.
The B.Tech Environmental Health Science programme is designed to provide basic theoretical and practical training needed for an understanding of environmental health and safety issues. The focus is an in-depth understanding of the impact of human, industrial and other anthropogenic activities, wastes, etc, on the environment and human health. The graduates of the programme will utilize the basic knowledge acquired for future problem solving, applications and also be able to function as entrepreneurs in public service or private businesses.
- To produce graduates who can be self-employed by exposing them to technological entrepreneurship and innovation.
- To operate practical and result-oriented programme using state-of-the-art technology in Environmental Health Science, and thereby produce graduates with globally recognizable competence.
- To produce graduates who will have a passion for advanced studies and research in Environmental Health Science.
- To produce manpower who will be gainfully employed in educational institutions, the public service and multinational organizations.
- To produce graduates who will become consultants to the government and the private sector in all environment-related issues.
- Professor Prof. A. N. Amadi
- Reader Dr I. E. Adieze
- Senior Lecturer
- Dr (Mrs) S. I. Umeh (HOD)
- Dr C. U. Chukwuocha
- Dr. (Mrs) J. U. Udensi
- Lecturer I
- Dr (Mrs) C. O. A. Amadi
- Dr A. O. Obanny
- Dr Barr. C. Molokwu
- Assistant Lecturer Mrs M. S. Orji
Prof. (Mrs) S. I. Umeh
Head of Department, Environmental Health Science.