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Environmental Public Health Professionals

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Environmental public health professionals (EPHPs) include the working titles of both public health inspector and environmental health officer. They safeguard the environment and health of Canadians by providing health protection services in a variety of regulated and non-regulated areas.

For more detailed and printable information, please refer to Canada's Health Care Providers, 2000 to 2009—A Reference Guide  (full report).

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Practice Setting

EPHPs typically practise in federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and tribal government agencies on interdisciplinary public health teams. A smaller number also work in the private sector as technical consultants or as workplace safety and health professionals and in the fields of academics, public policy, executive management, research, scientific publication and information management.


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Regulatory Environment

There are no legislated regulatory requirements for EPHPs in Canada as of 2010. Many employers require EPHPs to demonstrate competencies for entry to practice by obtaining certification in Public Health Inspection (Canada), CPHI(C) from the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).


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Practice Criteria

To work/practise as an EPHP in Canada, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in environmental health or equivalent from an approved program.
  • Complete a 12-week minimum practicum in an agency approved by the CIPHI Board of Certification.
  • Pass the certification exam through CIPHI Board of Certification and maintain certification as required.

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Education Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in environmental health is currently the entry-to-practice requirement for an EPHP in Canada. The following table provides a comprehensive list of programs approved by the CIPHI Board of Certification.

Internationally Educated EPHPs

To practise in Canada, an internationally educated EPHP must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrol in an accredited fast-track or after-degree program where certain course credits may be allowed in some cases. All schools require international candidates to demonstrate language proficiency as a prerequisite for admission.
  • Complete a 12-week minimum practicum in an agency approved by the CIPHI Board of Certification after meeting degree requirements.
  • Pass the certification exam through CIPHI Board of Certification and maintain certification as required.

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