The program aims to provide quality teaching, learning, research and community engagement as it serves the community and society in a transparent and Christian environment.
The program is well aligned with the university’s strategic plans, the PNG Vision 2050, the National Health Plan 2011 to 2020. Emphasis is placed on the management, improvement and promotion of environmental health infrastructures that safe guard public’s health in the five (5) key areas of environmental health including food safety, water quality, safe housing, environmental protection, occupational health and public health.
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The Bachelor of Environmental Health program is designed to meet the workforce need of Papua New Guinea, in the local, national and private industry, through quality training of Environmental Health Officers/Practitioners who are capable of executing advisory, consultancy and leadership roles in the environmental health discipline including food, water, land, air climate change and infrastructure. The course caters for environmental protection and sustainability issues raised in the United Nations Development Goals. According to WHO (2013), it is estimated that roughly 25 percent of the disease burden in the developing world is due to environmental factors. E.g., 1.9 million people, primarily children, died in 2004 from inadequate access to clean water and sanitation and 2 million people, mostly women and children, die each year from exposure to indoor air pollution from cooking with solid fuels such as wood, dung, and charcoal.
The program is also in line with the PNG Vision 2050 which addresses the strategies for strategic focus area five on environmental sustainability and climate change including: increase access to clean water from 39 percent to 100 percent of the population, provide assistance to the community members to become resilient to natural and human disasters and environmental changes and integrating of environmental sustainability and climate change studies in the curricula. The National Health Plan 2011-2020 with specific emphasis on the strengthening of primary health care. The PSD has tried to incorporate some of the objectives and strategies for Key Result Area 7; promoting healthy lifestyle. These involves the reducing the number of outbreaks of food and water borne diseases and increase number of investigations of disease outbreaks in communities.
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