Environment and Health

Education for a healthy future

Degree programme specification

The objective is to educate students to understand the interactions between the environment and human health, incl. technological and legislative tools to regulate the negative health impacts of the environment and prepare professionals with an interdisciplinary knowledge of environmental and analytical chemistry, toxicology, pathophysiology, or epidemiology, who understand the nature of environmental problems and will contribute to their solution. Interdisciplinarity between chemistry, biology, biomedicine and biostatistics and emphasis on the chemical and biological nature of environmental problems and their impacts both in qualitative and quantitative terms makes this SP unique in the Czech Republic. Students will learn about the groups of environmental contaminants, their sources and behavior in the environment, the methods and techniques of their long-term monitoring and analysis, experimental (eco)toxicology and procedures to assess the impacts and environmental and health risks of toxic substances; and with methods of analysis and interpretation of data. In the second year of study, students can further profile by a choice of elective and optional courses. Within the curriculum, four profiles are prepared:

1) Analysis of chemical pollutants and human exposure;

2) Assessment of toxic effects of chemicals and related environmental and health risks;

3) Environmental protection, chemicals management and related environmental and health risks assessment;

4) Assessment of human exposure and its health impacts, and population data analysis.

SP emphasizes development of the students' theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the form of lectures, seminars, lab. courses, field exercises, excursions and internships in external organizations. Solving case studies further allows an independent problem analysis, hypothesis formulation, experiment planning and execution, interpretation and presentation of the results, and provide an opportunity for the team work. Specific knowledge and skills and soft-skills are gained during the two-year thesis, which has a pivotal role in the entire SP and includes work with scientific information and extensive experimental activities and data evaluation in one of actual scientific projects in the RECETOX centre. Students will present their work at weekly seminars, discuss with professionals in a scientific way and master critical thinking. They will also have an option to stay abroad at one of cooperating universities

They will be prepared for professional work and problem solving in the field of environmental pollution assessment and regulation and related impacts on environment, human and society in the country, and in the globalized world. It is suitable for graduates with a bachelor's degree in the biological, chemical, environmental, and also medical or biostatistical fields who are interested in the problems of environmental pollution and solving of environmental problems and reduce their negative health impacts. Excellent orientation in environmental, chemical, toxicological, biomedical and epidemiological problems and practical experience facilitates careers in research and technical teams in the private and public sectors. Students will work with state-of-the-art biomedical technologies and a number of foreign specialists involved in teaching. Thanks to their courses, students naturally improve their English, which helps them in the global labor market. They could follow-up with doctoral SP in environmental sciences, toxicology, ecotoxicology, environmental and analytical chemistry, epidemiology and related fields.

Faculty Faculty of Science
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction czech

Work experience

The Master study program Environment and Health has no obligatory long-term external practical work as it is an academic program, but a context of applied practice to the theoretical knowledge and practical skills is provided. A compulsory internship is provided within the frame of course E0100, Internship in the Environmental Practice. Within this course, students can choose from a range of possible internships at co-operative organizations (ČHMÚ, ÚKZÚZ, Českomoravský cement, SITA, Laboratoř Morava and others) or they can propose their own practice. This practice is 2-3 days long and the credit is given after a student’s report. Lectures by invited experts from various institutions are a regular part of seminars E1200, E2200, E3200, E4200 and other courses, such as E0270 and E0280. Invited experts usually present the given topic and also give an overview of the organization and its focus and their own role and responsibility.

Graduate destination

Graduates will have extensive interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills in the field of pollutants, their behavior in the environment, (eco)toxicity, and impacts on human health and ecosystems. They focus on complex environmental issues, their contexts, causes, consequences and solutions. They are internationally successful and competitive professionals in the field of chemicals management, occurrence and fate in the environment and (eco)toxicology. In their professional career, they will apply an extensive knowledge of the environment and health, as well as a wide range of practical skills including dealing with scientific information, designing, planning and executing laboratory and field experiments, statistical analysis and presenting of the acquired data, and their supervision. They are able of critical thinking, creative independent and team-work and independent decision-making and to further develop their knowledge basis and skill-set through praxis and continuing education, and adapting to new challenges in the environmental field and seeking for innovative solutions.

Students have the opportunity for their profiling in 1) analytical chemical of toxic substances in the environment and the organisms; 2) analysis of their negative biological effects; 3) risks assessment and the sustainable management of the environment; and 4) environmental epidemiology.

They will be experts in evaluating the occurrence, behavior, effects and risks of chemicals in the environment in both the industrial and non-profit sectors, i.e. in water management, agriculture, food industry, health, science and research, local government, state administration and international organizations, at all places where dealing with chemicals, their regulation, waste management, environmental protection, environmental management, public health protection, prevention and related legislation.

Graduates will be qualified to work in sampling of water, soil, air and their physical, chemical and biological analyses, including development of new analytical methods and lab. quality management; (eco)toxicological testing; assessment of the impact of chemicals on living organisms; conducting experiments and studies on environmental pollution and its impacts; development of expert opinions on toxic substances in the environment and their effects; control and management activities in this area; assessment and approval of pesticides, fertilizers and veterinary medicines; assessing impacts of industry, agriculture, transport and human settlements on the environment; preparing policies, strategies and legislation to protect the environment against toxic substances; assessing and eliminating environmental risks; evaluation and implementation of remediation of contaminated sites.

Graduates are ready to hold positions as: Environmental Administration Specialist; Independent Consultant and Consultant in the Field of Environmental Pollution, Toxicology and Ecotoxicology; Ecologist; Specialist in Industrial Ecology; Environmental Manager; Ecological Specialist for Chemicals; Environmental Risk / Environmental Impact Assessor (EIA)/Product and Service Cycle Assessor (LCA); Employee of Sanitary Service and Inspection, Environmental Officer/Air, Water, Agricultural Land Protection/Waste Management/Public Health Protection; Executive or CEO or Inspector in these areas; Sampling Technician; Analyst; Quality Manager; Lab. Staff in Biological, Chemical or Environmental Research and Science.

Admission Procedures

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Feb – 30 Apr 2019)

This study field is possible to study only in Czech language.

Criteria of acceptance

This study field is possible to study only in Czech language.

Recommended literature

This study field is possible to study only in Czech language.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Further studies

After fulfilling the conditions of admission, a graduate of the master's study program may continue in the doctoral study in any relevant field, at the Faculty of Science, or at other universities in the Czech Republic and abroad. Graduates are prepared particularly for the study programs focused on toxicology, ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, environmental epidemiology etc.

Further information

http://www.recetox.muni.cz/index-en.php

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