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Environmental Health Officer as a Career

How to become an Environmental Health Officer in the HSE

The qualifications required for recruitment to the HSE are at: http://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/Jobs/Eligibility_Criteria/Environmental_Health_Officer_V1.pdf

Appointment to EHO, Senior EHO, Principal EHO, Area Chief EHO grades are all made through the HSE and are advertised in the national newspapers and on www.careersinhealthcare.ie.

Getting Qualified:

Becoming qualified as an Environmental Health Officer involves both academic study and practical training.

The Dublin Institute of Technology at Cathal Brugha Street runs a 4 year B.Sc degree in Environmental Health. In addition to college studies, students spend periods working in approved industrial placements with the Health Service Executive experiencing professional practice.

Students examine the wide and varied links between the environment and human health. Students gain experience of examining issues such as food safety, environmental pollution, occupational safety and human risk management. Students cover a wide range of subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Built Environment, Environmental Science, Environmental Health Management, Food Safety, Quality and Environmental Law.

There is an active post-graduate training programme including Diploma and M.Sc courses in Environmental Science, Environmental Protection, Environmental Health, Community Health, Occupational Health and Safety and Food Science at various centres throughout the country.

The University of Ulster also runs a B.Sc Course in Environmental Health in Jordanstown, Northern Ireland. (This qualification requires validation (see under) before it confers eligibility for HSE recruitment.)

Career Progression:

Appropriately qualified graduates are eligible for appointment as EHOs by the HSE and may be employed in other State agencies, government departments and non-government organisations dealing with Food Safety, Tobacco Control, Health Promotion and Environmental Protection. Graduates may also work in private industry in areas such as food control, environmental management and quality assurance. There are also varied research opportunities available.

Recognition of non-Irish qualifications (Validation)

Health Care Professionals with foreign qualifications who have not completed the validation process may not work in the Irish publicly-funded health sector.

If you have an EHO qualification from outside the Republic of Ireland, it must be recognised under Directive 2005/36/EC  before you are eligible for employment as an Environmental Health Officer in Ireland.  Further information is available on the Department of Health website.