Master of Public Health

Pathway: Methods and tools for the evaluation of environmental health risks

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The Master 2 course in public health offers students a methods and tools for the evaluation of environmental health risks pathway, dispensed by the EHESP, Rennes 1 University and Rennes 2 University.


Objectives and skills learned

This course aims to train methodologists to respond to environmental health decision-makers in the fields of environmental pollution (water, air, soil, etc.), developments and actions in the territories, the occurrence of pathologies related to the physical, biological and chemical environment of populations.

The methods taught include:

  • method of assessment of chemical health risks according to the skills guideline in standard NF EN 16736: 2015 on the requirements for training in evaluation of health risks from chemical substances;
  • diagnostic method, surveillance, impact and action assessment.

Skills learned

At the end of the course, the student should know and understand:

  • Environmental health challenges, the role of the main stakeholders in the field, and the place of the different methods and tools for assessment and surveillance in the health safety sector
  • The principles and methods of environmental epidemiology, toxicology, assessment of exposure of populations and assessment of health risks
  • methods and tools for environmental health diagnosis at territorial level;
  • methods and tools for implementing or assessing an environmental health concern monitoring system;

The student should also know:

  • to assess the impact of a development, project or infrastructure on health;
  • how to assess environmental health action.

Finally, he should also be able:

  • to define the scope, limits and objective of environmental health risk assessment or monitoring in view of decision-making;
  • to undertake exhaustive document searches and to search the relevant databases to identify and collect information required for environmental health risk assessment;
  • to make a critical assessment of data;
  • to make a critical analysis of a health risk assessment or monitoring, to determine its limits and to evaluate the relevance of their conclusions in a public health or regulatory context.


Location : Rennes
Duration : 1 year (September 2021 to August 2022)
Teaching language : French
ECTS : 60 per year

The course

Teaching Units (TUS)

1- Methodological bases in environmental health: introduction to environmental health, epidemiology, toxicology, exposure assessment and introduction to health risk assessment.

2- Tools and methods for territorial diagnosis, environmental health surveillance, impact and action assessment

3- Environmental health assessment project

4- Placement (from March to August)

Career openings

  • Territorial risk assessor or study coordinator for diseases or threats in a health agency or health observatory at local, national or European level
  • PhD


Scientific Master 1 fluent in French, with basic skills in statistics and chemistry.


Applications for 2024-2025 academic year are open:

  • from 21 March to 16 April 2024 (1st round)
  • from 22 April to 12 May 2024 (2nd round)

Apply online

Foreign students

You want to begin or continue your higher education in France, and you live in a country using the Campus France/CEF online procedure?

Follow the 2 steps



Philippe GLORENNEC, Professor and researcher at EHESP School of Public Health –

Pierre LE CANN, Professor and researcher at EHESP School of Public Health –

Admission office

Tél. : +33 (0) 2 99 02 27 83 –


Modified on 19 April 2024