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Community Health Studies

Child and Youth Care

Head of Programme: Ms J Winfield
Secretary: Mrs Anusha Karamchand
Tel: 031 373 2696 / 97
Fax: 031 373 2038
Location: Ritson Campus

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Child and youth care work involves people providing direct care to children and youth and their families. The child and youth care worker is responsible for using his/her expertise to maintain a secure, healthy environment that will help children and youth reach their full potential. The goal sought is the performance of service with integrity and competence. He/she believes in the dignity and worth of the individual. Commitment is towards supporting each and every child's optimum social, emotional, intellectual and physical development with a safe, healthy and enriched environment.

A child and youth care worker understands that all behaviour is meaningful and purposeful however disruptive, unusual, or unique it may seem. This code of ethics embodies ethical standards of behaviour for the child and youth care worker in his/her relationships with children, colleagues, employing agencies and the community.

Programme Vision

A leading Child and Youth Care learning programme in Africa that contributes to effective social service delivery to children, families and communities at risk.

Programme Mission

To develop professional Child and Youth Care workers who are responsive to the diverse needs of vulnerable children, families and communities within an African and global context through:

  • Dynamic and holistic education and training.
  • Relevant research.
  • Sustainable partnerships with communities and other stakeholders.
  • Promotion of the spirit of Ubuntu.

Career Opportunities

At present, the areas in which learners and graduates work include the following:

  • Residential child and youth care/treatment centres (e.g. children’s homes, substance abuse programmes)
  • State facilities (e.g. places of safety, secure care, special schools)
  • Probation programmes
  • Street shelters and outreach programmes
  • Educare centres
  • Community development progammes
  • Assistant probation officers in law courts
  • Day care and play care centres
  • Hospitals caring for abandoned children
  • Mediators and facilitators in “at risk” communities
  • Hostels at residential/educational facilities
  • Diversion programmes
  • Wilderness training and adventure programmes
  • Schools and after school care programmes
  • Youth development programmes
  • Intermediaries in court settings

Admission Requirements

Environmental Health

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Head of Programme: Mr Graham Barratt

Environmental Health Programme contact details:

Mrs Anusha Karamchand
Tel No: 031 373 2696
Fax No: 031 373 2038

Physical address:
1st floor Mansfield School, Gate 8
8 Steve Biko Road
Ritson Road Campus
Berea, Durban

There are 3 qualifications offered by this programme:

National Diploma Environmental Health
Bachelor of Technology Environmental Health
Master of Technology Environmental Health

Please refer to the Community Health Studies Handbook for entrance requirements pertaining to each of the qualifications above.

For all students who applied for B Tech Environmental Health 2015, please click on the download entitled B Tech Environmental Health 2015 Preliminary Selection Records and Results below:
B Tech Environmental Health 2015 Preliminary Selection Records and Results.

Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) are health professionals who integrate comprehensive knowledge of the physical, biological and social sciences. These sciences allow them to perform as efficient practitioners in the field of Environmental Health. He or she will be a valuable member of the community who will have the skills required to advise people and to investigate, evaluate and control the many facets that affect the environment in which we live. The Environmental Health scope of practice includes: Water pollution control; Waste management Vector control; Environmental pollution control; Occupational health and safety, Port health; Health surveillance of premises; and Surveillance and prevention of communicable diseases to name just a few.

This is a career for the person who has an interest in medical/biological and environmental issues. The EHP should be a responsible person with the ability to communicate with all sectors of the population. He/she must display initiative as he/she will be expected to make decisions that may have a great impact upon the health of the community and the economy.

The Environmental Health Programme aims to:

  • Develop critical thinking professionals to serve industry, community and the public sector.
  • Provide responsive and proactive educational programme that place emphasis on serving the needs of all sectors of the SA society.
  • Contribute to the national agenda towards equity and redress.
  • Improve access and promote success in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • Participate in shaping local, national and international linkages in education, research and development.
  • Maintain the Department’s position as a self-sustaining unit.
  • Contribute towards the enhancement of the quality of student life.
  • Ensuring quality services and infrastructure to support teaching and learning.
  • Attract and retain quality staff and promote staff advancement.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive quality management systems.

Modules offered

There are 15 modules that are offered in this programme over a period of three years. These modules are offered through lectures, self-study exercises, group work tasks and field trips where applicable. Students are required to comply with all pre-requisites as prescribed by the course outline. The course is only offered full-time over a period of three years.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Work and service learning is integrated with the three-year curriculum. WIL placements are scheduled with local authorities throughout the duration of studies. Students are also exposed to practical excursions and/or field trips to integrate practical components of their learning.
Registration with the HPCSA
It is compulsory for students to register with HPCSA (first to third year of study).

Career Opportunities

After acquiring the National Diploma in Environmental Health, students must register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as Environmental Health Practitioner which enable them to practice as an independent Environmental Health Practitioner in any of the following fields:

  • Community development
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental pollution control
  • Epidemiology
  • Food and meat hygiene
  • Health Promotion
  • Occupational health and safety

Popular employers are private companies, health departments at local, provincial and national government departments. Others include large food manufacturers, industries, mines and some hotel groups and environmental consultancies.

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