Institute of Environmental Health and Environmental Justice (IEHEJ)
The aim of the IEHEJ shall be to strengthen the practice of environmental health and environmental justice through quantitative academic and professional training for efficient and effective service delivery and entrepreneurial skills.
The philosophy of the programme is in the training of personnel to the highest academic and professional standards in the identification and resolution of environmental health and safety issues. The programme will provide higher capacity skilled manpower, trained specifically for promoting health and preventing illness by applying scientific, technological and engineering skills to solving real-life problems and better management of environmental hazards.
The programmes are therefore designed to provide the training needed for an understanding of the environment, health and safety to build upon the foundation by exploring in some depths, specific aspects like epidemiology, workplace safety, hazardous and municipal waste management, the impact of science and technology on the environment.
The objectives of IEHEJ are to:
- Demonstrate adequate knowledge of the concept of environmental health and its relevance in the assurance of optimal health for members of various communities and different population groups at risk.
- Asses and carry out health needs assessment, as well as epidemiological studies on prevalent health problems of communities and groups, and also to formulate and implement communities’ health action plans for the prevention and control of these problems.
- Formulate and implement a programme of multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach towards promoting the health status of communities and other at-risk population groups.
- Plan, administer and evaluate appropriate health intervention programs of, preventive and rehabilitative scope, in collaboration with other members of the health team with the view to reducing mortality and morbidity risks in the population.
- Initiate, implement, and evaluate specific legal/health policies in advocacy of the health needs of defined target populations.