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ENVH 4901 - Healthy Communities

Environmental Health Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

Illustrates the connections between the physical features of the built environment and the incidence of acute and chronic diseases. The physical features include neighbourhood design, transportation networks, natural environments, food systems, and housing. You will study the relationship that health professionals have with local governments and their ability to affect changes to land uses and land use policies through the planning process. The goal of this working relationship is to encourage planning in areas that support a healthy built environment. BCIT issues a statement of completion to participants who achieve a minimum final grade of 70%.


Post-secondary education in environmental health, public health, or related discipline.





Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 43518

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This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 26 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.


Pamela Moore

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. This is an online course that requires no course materials to be purchased. You have 6 months from the day you register to complete it at your own pace. There is no instructor or schedule. IF YOU ARE A SPONSORED STUDENT, DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE. Contact This course takes a 36-hour study commitment: 6 assignments.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you immediately after registering. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe planning principles and the legislative requirements of a local government mandate.
  • Outline areas for a health professional to become involved with a local government.
  • Describe Public Health’s role in maintaining and improving the health status of populations.
  • Outline the current vision, goals, and strategies within the BC Public Health system.
  • Interpret community level data that impacts health.
  • Explain the factors that influence health, social determinants of health, and health inequities.
  • Describe behavior change and influencing policy change to create healthy public policy.
  • Explain the five components of a healthy community: neighbourhood design, transportation networks, natural environments, food systems, housing.
  • Evaluate how the five components link to health outcomes and health impacts.
  • Identify areas where health professionals can play a role in shaping healthier communities.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2016


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