The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health is running a campaign called ‘What is Environmental Health?’. This celebrates the dedication of practitioners and promotes the breadth of their work, which ranges from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink, to the wider impact of human-made hazards on the world around us.

the green environment with a section highlighted through a water droplet

Environmental health encompasses all of the external factors that affect human
health and wellbeing.

Poor health often results from poor environments, and by helping to improve the conditions in which we live and work, Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) make a huge difference to the public’s health and wellbeing.

EHPs can be found in every community, working hard every day to keep us healthy and safe and to reduce health inequalities.

Depending on their role, EHPs may be generalists, working across all areas of environmental health, or specialists with particular areas of expertise

Who are Environmental Health Practitioners?

EHPs work across a wide range of sectors and specialisms. With diverse backgrounds and experience, they are all passionate about protecting the public’s health.

How do I become an EHP Practitioner?

EHPs are predominantly graduate professions with employers requiring a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. However there are now a number of potential access routes available to choose from.

Find out how you can become an EHP


The CIEH have put together a toolkit of resources that will enable you to help raise awareness of the vital role that EHPs play in our communities.

Access the toolkit

To find out more about the #IAmEnvironmentalHealth campaign, click here.

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