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26.05.05
Endorsing public health through a new qualification, New Professional Pathway

Truro College is the first in the country to have Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) accreditation for its Foundation Degree, (FdSc) Public Health pathway on to the final year of the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff (UWIC) BSc Hons in Public Health (Environmental Health).

Sue Nicholas, Programme Leader for Public Health said: "It is an important step in educational provision for the South West. This course can be studied locally and is for those who wish to make a contribution to the public health agenda, by studying the environmental impact on both individual and community health."

Dr Tanya Hope, Higher Education Development Leader added: "Having public sector endorsement for the FdSc Public Health pathway provides a genuine and positive example of how a Foundation Degree can combine the academic rigour of an HE qualification and the vocational needs of employers. We have had a lot of interest from county and district council Environmental Health Officers (EHO) who require a CIEH approved qualification in order to practice and progress. We can now offer this opportunity, which can only benefit Public Health professions in the South West."

Foundation Degree programmes are offered at Truro College as part of the CUC initiative and these are validated by the University of Plymouth. The collaboration with UWIC for the FdSc Public Health sector endorsed pathway offers students the opportunity to continue their studies on to a full CIEH accredited degree in a University nationally renowned for its provision in environmental health training.

For further information contact Jean Mooney of Cornwall College on 01872 267198 or email: jeanm@trurocollege.ac.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the CUC through both the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

Group picture outside Truro CollegeFrom left to right: Dr Tanya Hope, Higher Education Development Leader; Justine Wadge, Senior Environmental Health Officer; Andrew Curnin, Senior Programme Director in BSc Public Health; Paul Belcher, Head of Centre of Environmental Science of EWIC; Carlene Thomas, Chair CIEH Panel; Tony Lewis, Principal Education Officer at CIEH; Sue Nicholas, Programme Manager for FsSc Public Health; Nick Bannister, CIEH Panel; Rod Bassett, Environmental Health Officer Kerrier; Chris Day, CIEH Panel.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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