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What do Environmental Health Officers do?
Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) provide advice, guidance, education, public health inspections and recommendations to First Nations and their leadership to help them manage public health risks associated with the environment. They gather data required to analyse what steps can be taken to promote public health in First Nations communities.
Some EHOs are employed by Health Canada and others are employed directly by First Nations or Tribal Councils. All EHOs working in First Nations communities must have a Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada).
EHOs visit First Nations to do inspections, investigations and provide education and training sessions. Routine activities are delivered as per community workplans that are agreed upon by Environmental Health Officers and Chiefs and Councils each year. Other activities are completed as required, upon request of Chiefs and Councils.
EHOs identify potential public health risks in First Nations communities and provide recommendations on how to correct them. Chiefs and Councils are responsible for addressing the recommendations provided.
How can you become an Environmental Health Officer?
Environmental Health Officers working in First Nations communities require a bachelor degree in environmental health or science, and successful completion of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors certification process.
Canadian Environmental Health and Science programs are available at:
- University College of Cape Breton (Sydney, Nova Scotia)
- Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (Bathurst, New Brunswick)
- Ryerson University (Toronto, Ontario)
- First Nations University of Canada (Regina, Saskatchewan)
- Concordia University College of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta)
- British Columbia Institute of Technology (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Becoming an Environmental Health Officer takes four years for high-school graduates and two years for graduates with a relevant Bachelor's degree or technology program.
Financial assistance may be available if you are interested in becoming an EHO! Check out opportunities including:
- Canada Student Loans Program;
- Provincial Student Assistance Programs;
- National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Aboriginal Health Careers Bursary and Scholarship Awards; and,
- Financial assistance available directly through colleges and universities.
For more information about becoming an EHO, please see the brochure Environmental Public Health in First Nations Communities: A Career That Makes a Difference!.
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