Environmental Science and Health Programme
This is an exciting programme that explores the environment around us and the technologies used for its analysis, and the environmental impacts of our activities from both a scientific and health perspective. In 2014 the programme was restructured to address skills gaps identified by students, staff, and employers.
In this new, reinvigorated programme, you can choose to specialise in either Environmental Science and Technology or Environmental Health.
In Environmental Science and Technology you will study relevant topics such as waste technologies, noise measurement, air monitoring, environmental legislation policy, industrial pollutants, as well as develop skills in designing monitoring systems, data analysis, report writing, scientific communication.
In Environmental Health you will develop an in-depth knowledge of the biology of the human body and explore how the environment around us can affect our health. Here, you will cover areas such as how our nutritional and food environment affects our health, how diseases spread through populations, how pollutants affect our health and our environment.
Throughout the programme, you will go on field trips and carry out multiple laboratory practical sessions. Out in the field, you will carry out geological and ecological surveys, as well as on site analysis of both polluted and unpolluted waterways and soils. You also take water and air samples back for analysis. Back in the lab the samples will be analysed for agricultural pollutants such as nitrates, and industrial pollutants such as petrochemicals.
Practical sessions investigate beyond just our physical environment, and explore all aspects of the environment we live in. e.g. skincare products (moisturisers, creams, vitamin tablets) are analysed for water content, caffeinated beverages (tea, coffee, sports drinks) are analysed for caffeine concentration and over-the-counter medicines are analysed for active ingredient concentration.
In final year, you will carry out a research project for 3 months. Research questions explored this year by current DCU students include:
- How do communities perceive the health consequences of the Ringsend incinerator?
- How efficient are our external recycling bins on campus?
- Can new photocatalytic chemicals be developed for the removal of pharmaceuticals from industrial waste streams?
- What plant life existed over ~2000 years ago in Alpine soils? (this involved analysis of soil cores from the Alps)
- Are there any oestrogens in bottled drinking water in Ireland?
- What analysis typically carried out in a physics lab can be successfully transferred to a CD?
- Do you get less wet if you run in the rain?
- Can we use light responding chemicals to disinfect water in developing countries?
- Can we monitor and reduce water usage in DCU’s sports complex?
- Can a low cost sensor network be developed for water quality monitoring in Dublin?
- What are the benefits of a healthy breakfast for school going children?
- Can social media be used to communicate health promotion and education in Ireland?
- Is contaminated land an issue in Ireland?
What is Environmental Science and Health International?
The International Stream in the BSc in Environmental Science and Health is an award* winning internationally unique four-year degree offered in conjunction with University of Wollongong in Australia and University of Colorado, Boulder, in the USA.
Students take a video class inYears One, Two and Four with all partner institutions in areas of global societal significance. University of Wollongong leads a module on the international perspectives on climate change in Year One; University of Colorado delivers a module on bioethical dilemmas in Year Two and DCU leads the module on research frontiers in Year Four.
Students spend twelve weeks in a partner institution in Year Three.
How to apply? CAO Code DC116
Entry into this programme is via a competitive process, and is based on an interview, personal statement and your grades to date. In November of Semester One applications will open for ESH International. Interested students will be invited to submit their CV and personal statement, detailing why you should be considered for a place on this prestigious stream. Shortlisted students will be invited to interview in December, with successful candidates notified before the Christmas break.
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