Environmental Health

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It is a branch of science that is concerned with all aspects of natural and built environment that may impact human health. This field addresses the physical, chemical and biological factors external to people’s lives and other factors impacting behaviors.


Any discipline in the field of environmental health has a great prospect in terms of studying postgraduate in various research areas that will help student excel and secure a better future. Research fields may include:

  • Epidemiology research
  • Biostatistics
  • Heath management
  • Environmental problems and pollution
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Other areas of research
Subject Focus

Subjects to study may include:

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental and Health Stressors
  • Functional Anatomy and Pathology
  • Law and Legal Practices
  • Experimental Research
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Food & Occupational Health
  • Other subjects

Entry Requirements:

Diploma: SPM, O Level, or equivalent
Degree: STPM, A level, Foundation in science, diploma in a related field, or equivalent.

Personality Type

Scientific curiosity and investigative skills which enables the individual to diagnose and figure out complex issues are very important characters. If you think you are the kind of person who puts out a relentless efforts to find out causes and effects of a particular problem, then this is the place for you.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ESR (Enterprising, Social, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Well, what kind of careers can a graduate in this field pursue? Here are some titles in Malaysia:

  • Environmental Officer
  • Environmental Education Officer
  • Safety And Health Officer
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • Raw Material Production Officer
  • Environmental Consultant – Impact Assessment & Planning
  • Lecturer
  • Air Quality Technician
  • Public Health & Disease Control
  • Drinking & Ground Water Specialists
  • Other titles

Entry level: RM2,400 – RM3,200
2-4 years experience: RM3,500 – RM6,500
4-8 years experience: RM7,000 – RM8,600
9 years experience and more: Above RM9,000

Job Demand

In Malaysia:
this is considered one of the new rising jobs in Malaysia. Many industries are exploring new methods to implement the practices of environmental health measures as many companies are coming to understand the value of saving costs in a healthy work-space.

Global demand:
In the global market, having an environmental officer or a health and safety officer have long been discussed and understood. In almost all industries, there is a department with a group of specialists to assess these matters. There is a consistency in demanding talented individuals in various industries.

Useful links

Malaysian Environmental NGOs
Environmental Protection Society – Malaysia
Treat Every Environment Special
World Wide Fund for Nature, Malaysia
Hati Charity NGO

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