CAREERS IN HEALTH CARE

Careers in Environmental Health

Assistant Environmental Health Officer

Introduction

Introduction / Career Prospect / Curriculum
Training Institution / Allowance /Course duration
Entry Qualification / Application
Appointment / Agreement / Career Prospect

1. Introduction

Assistant Environmental Health Officer of yesteryears were focused towards the promotion of public health of the rural population with emphasis on improving basic health needs of the community at large, such as sullage and human waste disposal, disease control and potable water supply.

However today, with strengthened knowledge and insight in environmental health issues impacting the community, such as water quality, monitoring of and consulting on environmental health which are focused on urban health, legislation and enforcement, behavioural sciences, information technology and health systems research, Health Inspectors are required to be better equipped to handle areas such as prevention, promotion and education, investigation and control, enforcement, legislation and surveillance.

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2. Career Prospects

Upon completion of the course, graduates would be employed as Assistant Environmental Health Officer in the
i. Ministry of Health
ii. Ministry of Housing and Local Government

Their services would also be relevant in the :
i. Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment
ii. Ministry of Human Resource
iii. Ministry of Rural Development
iv. Ministry of Defence
Besides employment in Governmental and Quasi-Governmental departments, Health Inspectors would also have a role to play is the private sectors, such as, in the building industry, manufacturing industry, service sectors, etc.

The job of a Environmental Health Officer would cover a variety of work disciplines, ranging from :
Communicable Disease Control
Non-communicable Disease Control
Vector Control
Food Quality Control
Drinking Water Quality Control
Rural Water Supply
Environmental Health and Sanitation Programme
Occupational Safety and Health
General Health
Investigation and Abetment of Nuisances and Complaints
Port and Airport Health
Surveillance at Entry Points
Enforcement
Health Promotion and Education

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3. Curriculum of the Diploma in Environmental Health Course (Ministry of Health Malaysia)

Course Aim
The course prepares graduates for entry into employment with a standard acceptable to the profession and the needs of the employing agencies. Specifically, the course equips the graduates with the expertise in recognizing, analysing, evaluating and recommending corrective action in relation to the management of Environmental Health issues.

Year 1 Semester 1
Subjects:
i. Introduction to Environmental Health
ii. Introduction to Soil and Hydrogeology
iii. Chemistry 1
iv. Basic Mathematics
v. Microbiology 1
vi. Anatomy and Physiology
vii. Physics

Skills and Professional Development:
Group A (Compulsory)
i. Basic Communicational English
ii. Information Technology

Group B (to choose 1)
i. Swimming
ii. Cultural Studies
iii. Public Speaking
iv. Professional Morals and Ethics
v. Non-governmental Organizations associated to health
vi. Time Management
vii. Corporate Culture
viii. Islamic Studies

Year 1 Semester 2
Subjects:
i. Water Supply and Sewage Disposal
ii. Chemistry 2
iii. Microbiology 2
iv. Microbiology and Food Technology
v. Government and Organizational Behaviour

Skills and Professional Development:
Group A (Compulsory)
i. Intermediate Communicational English
ii. Information Technology

Group B (to choose 1)
i. Swimming
ii. Cultural Studies
iii. Public Speaking
iv. Professional Morals and Ethics
v. Non-governmental Organizations associated to health
vi. Time Management
vii. Corporate Culture
viii. Islamic Studies
ix. First Aid

Year 2 Semester 1
Subjects:
i. Food Hygiene
ii. Environmental Assessment
iii. Introduction to Environmental Toxicology
iv. Pest and Vector Management
v. Epidemiology and Biostatistics
vi. Human Relation and Behaviour
vii. Health Legislation

Skills and Professional Development:
Group A (Compulsory)
i. Further Communicational English
ii. Information Technology

Group B (to choose 1)
i. Swimming
ii. Cultural Studies
iii. Public Speaking
iv. Professional Morals and Ethics
v. Non-governmental Organizations associated to health
vi. Time Management
vii. Corporate Culture
viii. Islamic Studies
ix. First Aid
x. Inventory Management
xi. Human Resource Management

Year 2 Semester 2
Subjects:
i. Communicable Disease Control
ii. Land Use and Housing
iii. Health Promotion and Education
iv. Research Methodology (Issues and Principles)
v. Occupational Health and Safety
vi. Pool and Recreational Waters
vii. Legal Procedures

Skills and Professional Development:
Group A (Compulsory)
i. Further Communicational English
ii. Information Technology

Group B (to choose 1)
i. Swimming
ii. Cultural Studies
iii. Public Speaking
iv. Professional Morals and Ethics
v. Non-governmental Organizations associated to health
vi. Time Management
vii. Corporate Culture
viii. Islamic Studies
ix. First Aid
x. Inventory Management
xi. Failing Systems
xii. Human Resource Management
Year 3 Semester 1

Practical Field Training in 6 Field Training Centres

Subjects:
i. Health administration and Operational Area
ii. Food Safety and Hygiene
iii. Disease Control and Surveillance
iv. Water Quality
v. Environmental Health and Building Technology

Skills and Professional Development:
Elective
i. Health Education

Group B (to choose 1)
i. Swimming
ii. Cultural Studies
iii. Public Speaking
iv. Professional Morals and Ethics
v. Non-governmental Organizations associated to health
vi. Time Management
vii. Corporate Culture
viii. Islamic Studies
ix. First Aid
x. Inventory Management
xi. Failing Systems
xii. Human Resource Management

Year 3 Semester 2

Practical Field Training (3 months) in Field Training Centres

i. Legal Procedures
ii. Entry Points and International Health
iii. Environmental Health Career Development in Health Department
iv. Environmental Health Experience in Local Government Agencies
v. Feedback on Field Training Attachments

Polyvalent Course (3 months) at the College through Seminars, Conference, Continuous Education

Skills and Professional Development:
Elective
i. Environmental Health Project

Group B (to choose 1)
i. Swimming
ii. Cultural Studies
iii. Public Speaking
iv. Professional Morals and Ethics
v. Non-governmental Organizations associated to health
vi. Time Management
vii. Corporate Culture
viii. Islamic Studies
ix. First Aid
x. Inventory Management
xi. Failing Systems
xii. Human Resource

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4. Training Institution (Ministry of Health Malaysia)

a. Kolej Inspektor Kesihatan,
Institut Kesihatan Umum,
50590 Jalan Bangsar,
KUALA LUMPUR.

b. Kolej Kesihatan Awam Kuching,
Bt. 7 , Jalan Penrissen,
Kota Sentosa,
93250 KUCHING, SARAWAK.

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5. Scholarship / Allowance, Course Duration and Course Status

i. RM606.31 per month
ii. 3 years (6 Semesters)
iii. Diploma

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6. Entry Qualification and Application

A. Student Status During Course: Trainee Assistant Environmental Health Officer.
B. Code for Training Scheme: 2751
C. Applicant Requirements:
i. Malaysian
ii. Male and Female

D. Applicant Qualifications:
i. SPM or its equivalent, and
ii. Pass in Bahasa Malaysia (including a pass in the Oral Examination) at the SPM level or its equivalent, approved and recognized by the Government.

iii. Conditions For The Promotion By Appointment (KPSL)
Officers who are presently in the Public Health Assistant scheme are eligible for consideration for promotion by appointment to undergo the Health Inspector's Course, upon confirmation of service and are:

a. in possession of qualifications as in (i) above, and
b. not more than 51 years of age on date of application

E. Preference will be given to candidates with:
i. Credit in mathematics and a science subject
ii. Credit in Bahasa Malaysia, and
iii. Pass in English language

Under the Open Application System (Sistem Pengambilan Sepanjang Masa), the Public Services Department receives applications throughout the year.

Application forms (Borang SPA 8), booklet and information on job advertised are obtainable from the following addresses :

1. Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia,
Bahagian Pengurusan,
Aras 9, Blok C7,
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan,
62502 PUTRA JAYA.

Laman Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam : http://www.spa.gov.my

2. Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia,
Urusetia Cawangan Sabah,
Tingkat 6, Blok E, Wisma KWSG,
Jalan Karamunsing,
88000 KOTA KINABALU, SABAH.

3. Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia,
Urusetia Cawangan Sarawak,
Tingkat 10, Bangunan Sultan Iskandar,
Jalan Simpang Tiga,
93520 KUCHING, SARAWAK.

4.All State Public Service Commissions (Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri)

5.All State/District Labour Departments (Jabatan)Tenaga Rakyat Negeri/Daerah

Forms can be purchased at RM3.00 using Postal Order that is made payable to the "Setiausaha Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia"

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7. Appointment

A. Scheme of Service: Assistant Environmental Health Officer

B. Grade: U29

C. Service Scheme Code: 4751

D. Category: Support Group

E. Ministry / Department: Ministry of Health Malaysia
Ministry of Housing and Local Government

F. Salary Scheme:  P1T1 RM 928.55 - P1T27 RM2445.98
                          P2T1 RM 985.42 - P2T27 RM2623.76
                          P3T1 RM1044.71- P3T27 RM2781.06

G. Conditions for Appointment:

a. First Appointment:

i. SPM or its equivalent, and

ii. Successful completion of the Health Inspector's Competence Certificate approved by the Government, or its equivalent [Salary commences on Grade U29: P1T6: RM1194.75], and

iii. Pass in Bahasa Malaysia (including a pass in the Oral Examination) at the SPM level or its equivalent, approved and recognized by the Government.


b. Conditions For The Promotion By Appointment (KPSL)

Officers who are presently in the Public Health Assistant scheme are eligible for consideration for promotion by appointment to the post of Health Inspector's on Grade U08, upon confirmation of service and are:

i. in possession of qualifications as in (i) above, and
ii. not more than 54 years of age on date of appointment

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8. Agreement

Trainee Health Inspectors sponsored by the Ministry of Health Malaysia would be bonded to serve in the Public Sector for a term of 5 years. Failure to comply would result in imposition of a penalty of up to RM35,000.00.
9. Career Advancement

Health Inspectors on Grade U08 could be promoted up the ranks to U31, U35, U37 and U39.

From time-to-time the Ministry of Health Malaysia, and other relevant agencies, would hold short and long-term in-service courses aimed at upgrading and honing knowledge and skills in the field of Environmental Health and other related fields. These courses could be handled either locally or overseas.

Graduate Health Inspectors would be able to transfer their credits to the UiTM, where they would then pursue a degree programme in Environmental Health. Graduates could also further their studies in Environmental Science, Environmental Health Science, Environmental Health, Law, Jurisprudence, the Science, Applied Science, Food Technology, Food Hygiene, Education, etc. at Degree, Masters and PhD levels in other local and foreign universities through credit transfer.

Many Health Inspectors are perusing their first degrees as they work and a significant number have achieved tertiary qualification status. Many more have moved on to master degree levels and a few shall be graduating with Ph.D.

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10. Further Information

For further information please contact:

KETUA SETIAUSAHA,
KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA,
BAHAGIAN PERANCANGAN TENAGA MANUSIA DAN LATIHAN,
TINGKAT 18, BANGUNAN PERKIM,
JALAN IPOH,
50590 KUALA LUMPUR.

Tel : 03-40457001
Fax : 03-40457500

 

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