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.

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

The student should also be able:

  • to contribute to a health risk assessment or environmental health monitoring

They then choose between:

  • application of health risk assessment in the context of public health and European Union legislation;

  • the principles and methods of modelling of source pollutant behaviours (air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution etc.) through to the dose received by man;

  • the principles and methods of modelling the human response to pollutants;

  • advanced health risk assessment methods on quantification of uncertainty, acknowledgement of mixtures and the perspectives offered by omics methods;

  • the various contexts of assessment of health risks from chemical substances.


  • 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:

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

  • how to assess environmental health action.

Finally, they 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 2020 to August 2021)
Teaching language : French
ECTS : 60 per year

The course

Teaching Units (TUS)

1- Methodological bases in environmental health (4 TUs / 5): introduction to environmental health, epidemiology, toxicology, exposure assessment and introduction to health risk assessment. Some TUs are also part of the Master in public health and environmental risks.

2- Tools for assessing chemical substance-related health risks: methods of identification of hazards and modelling of the body’s response, exposure modelling, advanced health risk assessment methods. Chemical risk assessment regulatory context. Some TUs are also part of the Toxicological risk assessment for consumers pathway on the health biology Master’s at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO)


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 2019-2020 academic year are closed.

Foreign students

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

Nathalie BONVALLOT, Professor and researcher at EHESP School of Public Health –

Admission office

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Modified on 29 January 2020