The Environmental Health three-year diploma prepares graduates to become environmental health officers and public health inspectors required to monitor, control, manage, promote and manipulate environmental factors that have an impact on human health.

Graduates of the ​ Environmental Health program will provide leadership and technical expertise in the development of strategic plans to protect and improve public health in the State of Qatar.

The curriculum is multidisciplinary, emphasizing both academic and theoretical training. General and specialized subject matter are integrated as much as possible. Didactic training is supplemented with practical laboratory sessions and supervised field trips. Students are required to spend two semesters in an approved field practicum, working closely with a qualified environmental health officer.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct food, air, water, soil and sanitation inspections and investigations, with the goal of identifying potential health hazards.
  2. Develop and implement intervention strategies to reduce health hazards.
  3. Conduct research on the links between environmental and public health and communicate findings to State officials.
  4. Prepare and implement public educational programs to increase awareness on environmental health issues.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Environmental Health program are eligible for a wide range of jobs in preventative health. Tougher legislation regarding public health issues and a recognized need for better trained professionals in the field have created diverse and growing career opportunities. Career possibilities exist with State public health agencies as Environmental Health Officers/Public Health Inspectors or with the oil and gas sector as Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSEE) Officers.

Further Studies

Graduates of the Environmental Health and Safety – Public Health program may have the opportunity to transfer course credits to other academic institutions. 

A current list of post-secondary institutions offering admission and transfer credit to CNA-Q graduates who meet the entrance requirements is available from the Admissions & Registration Department or the Career Counseling and Resource Centre. 

Staff in both these offices will provide support and assistance to CNA-Q graduates seeking to further their post-secondary studies. For more information, please refer to the Program. Articulation and Transfer Credit section in this Academic Calendar.

Entrance requirements

  1. High school graduation certificate with the criteria outlined in the table below:
    English Language (Grade 12 level)
    Minimum 60%
    Academic Mathematics (Grade 12 level) 
    Minimum 60%
    OR Advanced Mathematics
    (Grade 12 level)

    Minimum 60%
    *Two Grade 12 level science courses
    selected from Biology, Chemistry,
    Geology, or Physics.

    Minimum 60%
  2. The required score on the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) and Academic Math Placement (AMP). Students who present a valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form, received within two years, with an overall band 5.0 with no individual skill band below 4.5, are exempt from taking the OOPT. For score requirements on other internationally-recognized tests, such as TOEFL, contact the Admissions & Registration Department.
*Applicants who do not meet the requirements may be admitted to the academic preparatory curriculum, which is designed to provide upgrading in the basic skills required for successful completion of allied health programs.

Note: Applicants who do not meet the entrance requirements, and
are 19 years of age or older, may be considered on an individual
basis under the Mature Student Clause. See the Academic Calendar
(Admissions Section – Mature Student Requirements, page 15).

Language proficiency Requirements

  1. Students entering the Environmental Health Diploma must meet English language proficiency requirements by obtaining one of the following:
    1. An overall score of 65 or greater on the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Admissions & Registration Department.
    2. A valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, listening) below 4.5.
    3. Successful completion of FL1090, a language development course.
  2. Students graduating from the Environmental Health program must meet English language exit requirements by presenting a valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.5.