Taught course

Environment and Human Health

University of Exeter · University of Exeter Medical School

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme gives practitioners the opportunity to consider ecological public health, the relationship of health to environment, as well as the social determinants of health and healthcare systems. By looking at current theories and concepts and through the analysis of a range of information students develop the skills and knowledge to be able to inform strategies which improve the health of communities or work towards a position of an academic researcher.

Students come from a variety of backgrounds and so the programme has been designed to give them the ability to enact meaningful change in any setting. For example, the Ecological Public Health module; students select a country or urban/rural location to carry out an assessment of the public health profile (demographics and burden of disease/people and place) and identify the ecological foundations for that specific public health profile. They then create a collaborative (e.g. inter-agency, community approach) action plan focussed on health improvement in that particular area.

Topics current students have chosen include; Public Health interventions in New Orleans; Health, Wellbeing and Diet in Japan and Understanding and Improving Mental Health in Indonesia.

This is a research inspired programme and is delivered at the Knowledge Spa located on the Royal Cornwall Hospital Site in Truro. It includes contributions from the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health, the Met Office, Age UK and the World Health Organisation.

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found at www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/admissions/applying/english

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/scholarships for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

University of Exeter Medical School
+44 (0)1392 725500