IGNOU rolls out PG Diploma in Environmental and Occupational Health

IGNOU rolls out PG Diploma in Environmental and Occupational Health

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has introduced a postgraduate diploma in Environmental and Occupational Health Program. The School of Inter-Disciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Studies under the varsity has rolled out the program, said an NDTV report.

Aim of the Course

The aim of introducing this PG Diploma is to focus on assessing the public health risks associated with biological, chemical, physical, biomechanical and psycho-social hazards in natural and built environments. The successful learners, according to Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will be able to work with health practitioners, researchers and policymakers to develop, evaluate and monitor health policies, programmes and practices related to healthy noted the report.

Also, the program is aiming at various concepts related to the general environment, the environment at the workplace, related hazards and evaluation of health risk assessment by providing solutions to various aspects of environmental health professional hazard management, epidemiology, health policy and management, and environmental health promotion.


Citing the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the report further said that the Environmental and Occupational health centres were compulsory at hazardous process units and full time environmental and occupational health specialists were required when the number of employees in the concerned unit exceeds 200. As per the secondary data available there is an urgent need for competent professionals in this field, said the report and added that the Environmental health specialists focus on the effect of environmental pollution on the health of human beings.

Course Details

  • Students with 10+2 in Science background and graduation from any discipline will be able to apply for this course
  • The medium of instruction for this course will be English
  • The duration of the course will be minimum one year and a maximum of 3 years
  • The students will have to pay a fee of Rs. 6,600 for registering this course

Employment Potential

After successful completion of this diploma program, students find employment opportunities in various industries as risk assessors, occupational health specialists and food safety experts and also in private sectors as environmental consultants, occupational health professional, national public health agencies, and environmental agencies, the report pointed out.

What is more, there are abundant opportunities available in environmental health-related agency of the government, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), local health agencies, environmental consulting firms, private industry, non-governmental organisations, hospitals, healthcare organization, labour organizations, universities and college, added the report.

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