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The study of environmental health engineering deals with the solutions of public health problems. The study program has been designed that includes all segments of eco-system and factors influencing human health.
The reasons and justification to start such a study program are based on laws of the Republic of Croatia: The Act on Sanitary Inspection; The Act on Protection of Population from Communicable Diseases; The Act on Toxic Substances; The Act on Foodstuff. Upon completion of specialist study, the environmental health engineering specialists are employed in services as defined by these legal acts; for example: in inspection services, in hygienic-epidemiologic and microbiological teams, in laboratory for chemical microbiological control of foodstuff and objects for common use, in laboratories for chemical and microbiological testing of all water types, in laboratories for the testing of wastes, soil, air and eco-toxicology, where highly sophisticated equipment is used, in units for sanitary technical facilities, in sterilisation units, in activities of disinfection, rat and insect control units.
With regard to other competences, a specialist in environmental sanitation also participates in the following public services: state administration – inspection services; public health sector – institutes of public health, hospitals, tourism; private sector – private firms engaged in disinfection and rat and insect control, catering and other food serving objects and firms.
In the Republic of Croatia a similar study program also exists in Rijeka, the Rijeka University School of Medicine. The university study program, knowledge and skills gained upon completion of study curricula, together with employment opportunities are, to a large degree comparable with specialist study program and competences gained upon completion of its study curricula.

Current Experiences with Similar Programs

The professional study program in environmental health engineering was established in 1966 at Zagreb Advanced School of Nursing and Health Technicians, the today’s University of Applied Health Studies. The study programs have gradually been developing in accordance with the needs of the profession, hence the specialist study program is designed as a continuation of the existing professional study programs and in accordance with new, modern and Europe oriented study program.

Students’ Mobility

The proposed specialist study program is to a great extent comparable with the university study program carried out at Rijeka University School of Medicine. The comparability enables student’ mobility during the study, and taking additional exams in differentiation curricula.

General information

Teaching Institution

University of Applied Health Studies

Name of the Study

Specialist study of environmental health engineering


Two (2) academic years (4 semesters)

Admission Conditions

Fully completed three-year professional study program of environmental health engineering, or a three-year university study program and admission exam.

Competences of Graduate Students

Competence is manifested through independent implementation of sanitary supervision, in the carrying out of anti-epidemic measures, assessment of sanitary validity of foodstuff and objects for common use, classification of water, selection of analytical methods, introduction of quality control into laboratories and manufacturing industries, including the introduction of ISO and HACCAP systems.

Job Skills

Environmental health engineering specialist is trained for work in sanitary supervision, complex jobs concerning hygienic, epidemiological and microbiological services, introduction of complex analytical procedures, working with highly sophisticated technology, implementation of quality systems such as ISO and HACCAP standards.

Opportunity for Continuing Education

On completion of specialist study programme no formal continuing education is proposed.

Professional Title

M.A. in Environmental Health Engineering

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