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Bachelor of Environmental Public Health (Honours)

2019/20 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1386C
School of Health & Life Sciences

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

Program Handbook Guidelines

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.


To the School of Health & Life Sciences

Your Bridge to Practice

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What does this mean for you?

  • The opportunity to become the professional you aspire to be.
  • The opportunity to learn in specialized settings with real-life scenarios,.
  • The opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge in a unique inter-professional environment.
  • The opportunity to take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities, social and study spaces in our Cowan Health Sciences Centre, as well as other unique learning resources such as the Motz Emergency Service Bays in the Regional of Waterloo Paramedic Services Station, the WeConnect Agora, and the Simulation Centres in the Living Classrooms.
  • The opportunity to become a "preferred graduate", selected by your future employers. 

Top 5 Expectations of You

1. Use MyConestoga to connect to:

  • Your Conestoga Email: (e.g. John Smith, Student Number 1234567, jsmith4567@conestogac.on.ca): This is the official communication channel for everything related to your academic requirements. Communication with faculty and staff should only happen through your Conestoga email account. Communication via other accounts may not be responded to. Check MyConestoga regularly and respond as requested.
  • eConestoga: This is your resource for all course-based program activity and information, as well as course-based communication with the faculty.
  • Student Portal: You will find your final grade information, college tuition invoices, class schedules and absence reporting on this portal.
  • Placement Health Requirements: This service provides you with the requirements to enter into practice settings.

2. Know and plan around your academic schedule

  • Course Schedule: This is a timetable of all your classes for each semester.
  • The Academic Year Critical Dates: Program start and end dates, holidays and deadlines for course add/drop and withdrawal, are located on the college website. Programs with exams outside this time will be notified by the academic area.

3. Be the professional you wish to become:

  • Act respectfully and professionally, as these behaviours are the key to your learning experiences.
  • Present in professional dress and conduct: See Professional Conduct section for professionalism expectations for your program. The college's Student Guide provides you with the Student Rights and Responsibilites at Conestoga.
  • Pre-WIL Health Requirements: Pay attention to the deadlines listed on your documents. Complete the tasks as required; as without these, you will not be able to progress to your work-integrated learning (WIL) and program completion will be in jeopardy. 
  • Social Media: Use responsibly and respectfully. See Standards of Conduct section of the Handbook.

4. Attend classes and labs to enhance your success:

  • Attendance Expectations: Attendance for class, labs and placement/WIL are in place to support your learning and experiences as a future professional. See Attendance and Student Success Strategies section in the Handbook.
  • Absence from Evaluations: Must be reported in the Student Portal before your scheduled evaluation time. See Attendance for Evaluation section in the Handbook.
  • Request for Accommodation for Religious Holidays: Request must be submitted to your Program Coordinator as per course schedule. See Religious Holidays sections in the Handbook.

5. Take responsibility for your academic status:

  • Student Records: For any questions concerning your student record, academic status and/or program withdrawals, please contact your Program Coordinator.
  • Fee Payments: Payment is required to attend classes. Check your Student Portal for invoices.
  • Credit Transfer/Exemptions: Conestoga supports the transferability of academic credits between programs and educational institutions through recognized transfer pathways, articulation agreements and course-to-course equivalences. Please refer to the Student Guide for more information.
  • Student Forms: To access forms, please go to the Student Forms page.
  • Academic Policies and Procedures: Are found under Policies and Procedures. Please review the Rights and Responsibilities website. 
  • Student Affairs Policies and Procedures: Are found on the Student Affairs page.

Top 5 Resources for You

1. Your teaching team 

  • Contact Information: Is posted on eConestoga and in your Handbook (Relationships section).
  • Appointments: Book appointments (in person, by phone, email) to ensure resources are available.
  • Email Inquiries: will be answered within two business days.
  • Urgent help: Program Assistants are available to help you reach a member of the teaching team (contact information in Relationships section of the Handbook).

2. Counselling and services

  • College Counselling: Professional counsellors can help you achieve your educational goals, and provide support related to stress management, anxiety, depression, transition issues, family issues, and other concerns. Counselling is free, voluntary and confidential.  To make an appointment, please refer to the Counselling services website.
  • Good2Talk: Confidential 24-hour phone line for stresses, big and small (1-866-925-5454).
  • Conestoga Security: Provides safety and security services. Refer to the Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security Services and procedures.
  • Student Financial Services: Student Financial Services  provides you with options to finance your post-secondary education. Students in need of emergency financial assistance, please follow this link for more information. 
  • CSI Food Bank: The CSI Food Bank is an emergency food relief program for Conestoga students. Please follow this link.
  • Health Services: These services include a family doctor and a nurse. Please follow this link.
  • Facility Information: Refer to the Student Guide for information on after-hours parking, classroom and computer labs.

3. Accessibility services

  • Students with Documented Disabilities are encouraged to book an appointment with Accessibility Services to access accommodations. Disability-related documentation will be required to book an appointment. Please refer to the Accessibility Services webpage for more information.
  • Adaptive Technology Aids and Special Facilities: Adaptive Aids are arranged through Accessibility Services. Accessible washrooms are located throughout the campus. Contact the Adaptive Technology Lab for more information on adaptive technology aids. 

4. Student study spaces and general supports

Cowan Health Sciences Centre (F-wing)

  • Student Lounge Space on each floor. Outlets and charging stations are located throughout these areas.
  • Student Meeting Room Space:  For more information on availability, please connect with the Interprofessional Resources Office (2F16).
  • Access to computers, photocopier and printers: on the 1st Floor—in the student lounge area , or on the 2nd Floor—at the Customer Service Desk and kiosk area.
  • Open Access Lab, 2nd Floor, 2F18: available on a come and go basis for students in health and pre-health programs. Book with an Open Access Staff. 
  • Tech Bar: Drop by the Tech Bar for one-on-one assistance. Information can be found on the Library Services website.  

5. Services for students

  • ONE Card: This is your official identification card designed to access all on-campus services. Visit the eligibility on this website
  • Library Resource Centre: Located on 2nd Floor B Wing. Visit the Library Resource Centre page for more information.
  • International Education Office: Visit the International Education Office for services available to you.
  • Learning Commons: Academic services and resources, including resources for math, writing, peer tutors and resources for APA. Visit the website or access through MyConestoga.
  • Student Engagement: Get involved and visit the Student Engagement page or connect to MyConestoga for your Co-Curricular Record.
  • Student Financial Services: Your resource to apply for student awards, bursaries, and scholarships. If you are in a financial crisis, please see the Emergency Assistance website for more information. 
  • Bookstore: Your location to buy books, clothing and general supplies (A-wing) .
  • Co-op and Career Advising: Your resource for Co-op placements , summer jobs or future careers. Visit the Co-op and Career Services site for more information.
  • Lockers are available with your tuition. Visit this link to find more information.
  • Information Technology: provides supports and general assistance with college-related needs such as Email, Network accounts, connectivity and wireless printing. Visit the Web IT Service Desk for more information.

Letter to Students

Dear Environmental Public Health Program Students,

Welcome to the Program! We recognize you have worked hard to achieve successful admittance to this program and we are glad that you are here.

Environmental Public Health is an exciting and growing field with incredible importance to the health of the public and to the health care system. At Conestoga College you will gain valuable skills and knowledge that will prepare you to become successful contributors to this rewarding field. We are excited to have you on board and look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

This handbook has been prepared to provide further information about academic standards, regulations, procedures and processes specific to the Environmental Public Health Program. Please note that general information about the College can be found in the Conestoga College Student Guide, which applies to all students regardless of program. You will receive a copy of this upon Registration. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the contents of this handbook. This is the responsibility of each student. If there is anything within this guide that you do not understand, please ask the faculty, Program Coordinator, or Program Chair for an explanation.

Use this manual as your guide and continuous reference as you proceed through the program. The environmental public health faculty will refer to the handbook often, but the responsibility for knowing the program standards is ultimately yours.

We are here to help you successfully complete this program. Should you experience difficulty, or need assistance in any area of your studies, please come and speak with us. We will do all we can to provide you with the necessary skills and support to do your best and achieve your goal of becoming a valued graduate of the Environmental Public Health Program.

All the very best to you in your studies.


Curt Monk Chair, Informatics and Life Sciences,

Ken Diplock, Environmental Public Health Coordinator / Faculty

Program Overview

Program Description

This four-year co-op Bachelor of Environmental Public Health (BEPH) degree program is for individuals who want to monitor, control, and manage factors that have an impact on human health and our environment.  Preventing, controlling and eliminating health hazards are the traditional roles of the Environmental Public Health professional.

Conestoga's Bachelor of Environmental Public Health degree is one of six undergraduate degree programs to be accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). As a result of the accreditation, graduates of the BEPH program will be eligible to challenge the national certification examination and enter the field as certified environmental public health professionals.  The program prepares individuals for professions in private sector organizations as well.

Our BEPH degree program provides students with the knowledge and skills in environmental science, risk management, toxicology, behaviour change and systems thinking to enable them to make a difference in the health of the public and our environment.

Program Philosophy

As faculty, we believe that students deserve to be treated with respect. As a student, it is important that you understand that you are capable of success, and that we want to help you to succeed.

We believe that adults benefit greatly from a safe, nurturing classroom and a teacher who truly cares about their success. Caring about student success means that teachers acknowledge different learning styles and interests.

Conestoga College's Environmental Public Health Program incorporates the above philosophy into our program by:

  1. Accommodating individual situations, as appropriate for emerging adult learners.
  2. Encouraging and expecting students to develop behaviours necessary in the workforce and in the profession, including: responsibility for self and one's own actions, honesty, integrity, and punctuality.
  3. Designing courses and lab experiences to support students in constructing knowledge about the field of environmental public health in meaningful ways.
  4. Providing a variety of learning experiences, and by using a variety of evaluation methods.
  5. Supporting the integration of theory and practice.
  6. Engaging students actively in their learning process.
  7. Recognizing and appreciating the different styles and approaches to learning that an emerging adult learner may use/exhibit (multiple intelligences).
  8. Building on previous successes in order to enhance confidence of the student as a learner.

Program Outcomes

Successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Appreciate the role of public health in society through an exposure to the history of population health in Canada.
  2. Apply and integrate theory and practice of environmental health sciences, infection prevention and control, and injury prevention to assess and control factors in the environment to target disease prevention and positively impact population and community health.
  3. Interpret the context, structure, functioning, and effectiveness of public health systems and other programs aimed at protecting and promoting the health of the public.
  4. Categorize the factors affecting the etiology, incidence, and prevalence of major health problems and disparities in populations.
  5. Classify the major sources of chemical, microbial, and physical agent contamination identified in water, air, soil, and food.
  6. Analyze the effects of environmental contaminants on the human body and the mechanisms through which they produce effects.
  7. Influence positive health behaviour change through the use of current technology and resources by investigating and analyzing issues, managing inquiry, collaborating, and communicating information.
  8. Apply risk assessment and control strategies to chemical, biological & physical hazards in the environment.
  9. Outline the importance of risk perception in influencing the views of the public on environmental hazards and the importance of this in Environmental health.
  10. Analyze quantitative and qualitative research findings; organize the findings across studies, and make appropriate evidence informed recommendations based on current knowledge.
  11. Incorporate relevant research and theory in the formation and implementation of programs, policies and practices.
  12. Apply the basic methods used in compliance verification, outbreak investigation, infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, disease and injury prevention, and evaluation of screening tests.
  13. Apply compliance techniques for environmental public health legislation with an understanding of the legislative process from evidence collection to court procedures.
  14. Demonstrate professional communication by organizing data and information, developing technical reports, and giving oral presentations on recognition, evaluation, management, and control of environmental health hazards.
  15. Demonstrate effective communication, leadership, teamwork and cultural awareness in an inter-professional team and when working with diverse populations.
  16. Apply professional judgment and adherence to ethical and legal codes and standards, including ensuring privacy and confidentiality of information.
  17. Differentiate between the roles and responsibilities of government, non-government agencies, and private organizations in terms of environmental health.
  18. Evaluate effective engagement, information sharing and behavioural change techniques through collaborative, inter-professional population-focused practice.

Program Summary Map – 2019/2020

The Environmental Public Health Program provides breadth and depth of applied knowledge in the field of environmental health. Ethical, professional, legal, and policy implications of environmental public health are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Principles of leadership, evidence-based practice, communication, professional practice are also addressed as themes throughout the program.

Level 1
Theme Course Code Course Name
Environmental Sciences Foundations & Applications BIOL71000

Human Biology

Environmental Chemistry

Academic Communications

Health Information Science
Professional Practice ENVR71000 Introduction to Environmental Health
Level 2
Theme Course Code Course Name
Environmental Sciences Foundations & Applications

Applied Microbiology

Introduction to Environmental Science
Professional Practice


Safe Water Drinking

Emerging Issues - Global and Local Concerns
Personal Development, Resilience, & Sustainability CULT72000 World Cultures
Level 3
Theme Course Code Course Name
Environmental Sciences Foundations & Applications ENVR72015 Environmental Toxicology
Applied Research RSCH73000 Understanding Research
Professional Practice ENVR72005 Emergency Preparedness and Response
Communication ENGL72000 Professional Communication
Personal Development, Resilience, & Sustainability  EPHE71000 Elective: Interdisciplinary (Min. of 42 hrs)
Level 4
Theme Course Code Course Name
Environmental Sciences Foundations & Applications ENVR72040 Waste Management
Applied Research STAT73100 Applied Statistics
Professional Practice

Environmental Public Health Law

Community Health and Healthy Built Environments
Personal Development, Resilience, & Sustainability  PHIL72900 Principles of Ethical Reasoning
Level 5
Theme Course Code Course Name
Environmental Sciences Foundations & Applications SCIE73000

Food Science and Technology 

Epidemiology and Public Health
Professional Practice
Inspection Practices, Quality Assurance and Auditing
Personal Development, Resilience, & Sustainability 



Group Dynamics

Elective: Interdisciplinary (Min. of 42 hrs)  

Co-op and Career Preparation
Level 6
Theme Course Code Course Name
Hazard Analysis & Risk Assessment  ENVR73020 Environmental Measurement and Assessment: Advanced Toxicology
Professional Practice


Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases  

Infection Prevention and Control
Personal Development, Resilience & Sustainability

Psychology: Dynamics of Human Behaviour

Elective: Interdisciplinary (Min. of 42 hrs)
Level 7
Theme Course Code Course Name
  COOP74110  Co-op Work Term (Bach Environmental Public Health)
Level 8
Theme Course Code Course Name
Hazard Analysis & Risk Assessment 

Environmental Measurement and Assessment: Air Quality  

Health Promotion and Education
Professional Practice



Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis

Safe Water: Recreational  

Food Processing and Hygiene
Level 9
Theme Course Code Course Name
Applied Research RSCH74000 Professional Research Internship
Professional Practice


Environmental Measurement and Assessment:  Occupational Health and Safety  

Professional Practice  

Public Health Policy
Personal Development, Resilience, & Sustainability  MGMT74115 Topics in Management

Program Design for your Cohort

Students can find their program design on the student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select 'View Progress Report' button

Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.

Pathways and Further Post-Secondary Education Opportunities

Upon completion of this four-year degree you are eligible to apply to graduate studies available at universities across the country.  Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. 

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in many areas across the country and in both private and public sector organizations.  For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website – start your search by using the National Occupational Classification code - 2263 Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety; or search by keywords such as: Public Health, Public Health Inspector, Environmental Public Health, Environmental Public Health Officer, Occupational Health, Risk Management, Quality Assurance.

You can also use the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors website for link to opportunities.


Communication and Contact Information

Faculty Commitment to Success

The BEPH program faculty members are here to support you in acquiring an excellent education, a broad skill-set, and the confidence to move out into the workforce upon completion of the program. Ultimately, your success in this program rests on you; however, your faculty are committed to doing their best to support you throughout your studies.

The BEPH program faculty are well-equipped to provide you with a high-level of education. They are well-trained with diverse educational backgrounds, teaching, work, and research experiences. Do not hesitate to ask questions and seek guidance from the supportive and experienced staff as you progress throughout your studies.

Contact Information and Availability

Curt Monk
Chair, Informatics and Life Sciences
(519) 748-5220 ext. 2379

Ken Diplock
Professor and Program Coordinator
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3138

Wendy Dunbar
Program Assistant
(519) 748-5220, ext. 2454

Cathy Egan
(519) 748-5220 ext. 2219

Ulysses Klee
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3632

Wendy Pons
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3691

Faculty Availability

Faculty offices are located in the main building of Doon campus (2C17) and students are welcome to see individual faculty to discuss course work, assignments, or any other issues.  Faculty will explain how you can contact them outside of class time at the start of each semester. Individual Faculty timetables may be posted. As Faculty have diverse teaching schedules, it is best to make an appointment. Faculty members will endeavour to reply to email messages within 48 business hours.

Contacting Program Staff

When contacting program staff outside of class time it is advisable to use e-mail or telephone. Your message should include the following information:

  • your first and last name
  • your course and level
  • brief description of reason for contact
  • your telephone number or email address where you can be reached

Student Email

All students are supplied with a College email address. Use your College email address when communicating with Faculty. Non-College email addresses (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail etc.) are not acceptable. Students are expected to check their College email regularly as most official communication will be via this method.

Being a Part of the Environmental Public Health Team

We encourage you to think of your involvement in this program as more than just courses, labs and evaluations. You have an opportunity to be a part of a larger network of faculty, students, and representatives from the field of environmental public health. Being a part of this network engages you in a supportive community that will provide an excellent springboard into your future career.

Here are some ways to deepen your experience throughout this program and fully participate in the environmental public health network:

  • Engage in classroom conversations: Whether it be during discussions, labs, or group work, do not hold back - ask questions and get involved.
  • Participate in extracurricular environmental public health events: Fun and learning can go together. Watch for Environmental Public Health social events, guest speakers, and activities that will provide opportunities to network, learn, and have fun!
  • Participate in community-wide initiatives: As members of the Conestoga College community, we want to give back to the broader community around us. So we encourage our students to participate in volunteer opportunities and fundraising events throughout the area.
  • Give us your input: If you have ideas, share them! We are always looking for ways to increase the significance of the Environmental Public Health experience.

Environmental Public Health Student Groups

Our student culture is fostered through two groups:  a Student Council and a Student Club. The Council focuses on academic and professional issues and the Club works on promoting environmental health issues. Both the Council and the Club have representatives from all 4 years of the program to foster inclusion and communication for all students. Membership opportunities in both groups will be promoted through program emails and the program shell on eConestoga.

Student Engagement

Student Concerns/Issues

If concerns or issues arise during your learning experience, or main goal is to collaborate with students, faculty and staff to resolve situations of concerns quickly and to learn and improve situations.

To achieve this goal, we work with an effective problem-solving strategy:

1. When a situation of concern arises, inform those involved in timely manner.

2. Please see the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy in the Student Guide for further details on informal and formal procedures for the resolution of concerns and issues.

3. Issues and concerns related to a placement site, or its employees should first be brought to the attention of the Conestoga Field Placement Supervisor or Program Coordinator, subject to the additional procedures outlined in the sections on "Professionalism" and "Concerns Regarding Safety or Care/Service for Clients during a Field Placement" of your handbook. 

Student Representation

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and Conestoga College agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student/faculty meeting, provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.

PAC (Program Advisory Committee)

Each program at Conestoga has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which consists of industry and academic representatives, as well as current students. The PAC meets several times a year to discuss the future priorities of  that industry and any adjustments that can be made to keep the college program.

At the beginning of each academic year, the Program Coordinator will invite students to volunteer on the PAC. Student attendees are important members of the PAC and are expected to be present at the meetings, and prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Coordinator.

WIHSC (Waterloo Interprofessional Health & Community Student Collaborative)

Conestoga College offers many unique and exciting opportunities for personal and professional growth. Conestoga hosts exciting extra-curricular opportunities that add to the culture of the college. WIHSC (Waterloo Interprofessional Health & Community Student Collaborative) is one such group whose members strive to 'learn with, from, and about' each other.

Membership is comprised of students enrolled in health, community, and social sciences programs. Some of the most popular initiatives that this group regularly engages in are interactive simulation exercises, peer-mentoring, guest speakers, paper case studies and monthly meetings. To find out more about this opportunity, please visit the WIHSC website. 

Student Feedback

Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). This survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.

Student Appraisal of Teaching

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT forms give teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process has two components: Quick-SAT and Full-SAT. The Quick-SAT is 5 questions, occurs during week 5 of classes and provides early feedback to faculty about the student experience within their classroom. The Full-SAT is 44 questions and occurs late in the semester; a summary of the results goes to the academic manager to be shared with the faculty member. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term. All full-time faculty have a SAT review at least once every two years. Part-time faculty may be reviewed more frequently. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form during their Continuing Education course.

Class Cancellations

Class cancellations due to faculty absence

Class cancellations due to faculty absences will be posted on the Student Portal.

Faculty may also elect to post any absences on eConestoga. 

Class cancellations due to inclement weather

College closure due to inclement weather will be announced on local radio stations and posted on the College's website. A message will be recorded on the campus switchboard after office hours.

Personal notifications of class cancellations

Students have the option of receiving special emails or SMS text messages notifying them of class cancellations due to faculty absences. To receive these notifications, students must subscribe to this service. Please visit the Student Portal, and select notifications. 

Standards of Conduct and Professional Practice

Student Expectations

  • Students are required to adhere to the published Standards of Conduct (Academic and Social) in Conestoga College's Student Guide for the current academic year.
  • Students are required to provide, facilitate, and promote the best possible professional services. Each student is to interact with peers, faculty, and the wider health information science community in a way that fosters trust, respect, collaboration, and innovation.
  • Students possess and continually acquire knowledge relevant to the professional service they provide.
  • Students continually strive to improve the application of professional knowledge.
  • Students understand, uphold, and promote the ethical standards of the profession.
  • Students maintain competence while striving to improve the quality of their dimension of practice.
  • Students have the responsibility to protect the integrity of the Health and Life Sciences Programs and the College community by behaving and interacting in such a way that demonstrates respect and professionalism.
  • Students seek clarification from Faculty/Administration when unsure of any of these standards.

Faculty will accept, fulfil, and enforce these expectations. Anyone who believes that a Faculty member has violated these standards may confidentially initiate a complaint to the Program Chair.

In the event that a student violates the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy it will be dealt with according to the procedure outlined in the Student Guide. This involves submitting a Student Rights and Responsbilities Reporting Form to the Student Rights and Responsibilites (SRR) office as outlined in the Students Rights and Responsibilities Procedure.

Academic Offences and Plagiarism

Academic honesty is expected and required of all Conestoga students. It is critical that you familiarize yourself with the Academic Offences Policy found in the Conestoga Student Guide. The Academic Offences Policy provides a detailed description of the following:

  • Scope of academic integrity,
  • What academic integrity means,
  • What types of behaviours constitute a breach of academic integrity, and
  • The penalties associated with breaching academic integrity.

Please speak with a faculty member or your Program Coordinator if you have any further questions after reviewing the policy. Please note that maintaining academic integrity is very important, and that it is your responsibility to know the Academic Offences Policy .

Below are a few examples to help you avoid breaching academic integrity.

  • Make sure that you recognize information that requires referencing.
  • Whenever you refer to material from another source, whether book, journal article, video, newspaper, or electronic publications, you must acknowledge your source using proper citations and references. Please visit the Conestoga Learning Commons for assistance with the formatting and referencing.
  • If you work collaboratively with others on an assignment, make sure that you do not copy words or ideas from others intentionally or by accident.
  • Make sure that you read the Academic Offences Policy located in the Conestoga Student Guide, and that you fully understand it. The policy describes additional behaviours that represent a breach of academic integrity.
  • Information can be found on the Academic Integrity website

Copyright – What you need to know

Photocopying and scanning at Conestoga College are governed by the Copyright Act, an agreement with Access Copyright, and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges' Fair Dealing Policy.

Under the terms of Conestoga's Access Copyright, you can photocopy or scan the following:

  • Up to 10% of most published works.
  • One chapter that is greater than 10%, but no more than 20% of the book.
  • One article, short story, play, poem or essay from a book, magazine or journal issue containing other works.
  • One newspaper article or page.
  • One entry from an encyclopedia, dictionary, annotated bibliography or similar reference work.
  • One drawing, sculpture, painting, print, architectural work of art or work of artistic craftsmanship from a larger volume containing other works.

Cumulative Copying

Cumulative copying consists of copy more than 10% over time. This is not allowed. The copy limits apply to an entire academic year, so once you reach the limit for an item, you can not copy from this source anymore until the next academic year.

You cannot copy or scan the following:

  • Workbooks or study guides that are intended for one-time use.
  • Instruction manuals.
  • Sheet music and original artistic works including photographs or prints.
  • Advertisements.
  • Business cases.
  • Full textbooks.
  • Any of the items on the Access Copyright Exclusions list.

You can find this information and more on the Copyright for Students web page.

Safe Practice

Safe practice is a hallmark of professional practice. It is an expectation of everyone who aims to become a professional.

There are a number of policies and procedures associated with practical training in your program that have been developed to ensure your safety and the safety (physical and emotional) of those around you. These policies will be reviewed during your program.

The following basic procedures are outlined for your attention:

  1. Your personal safety begins with the use of professional attire and foot wear, and with your attention to the health and safety expectations that may be identified throughout the college. 
  2. Help us create a safe and pleasant environment by wiping up spills, ensuring lap top cords do not snake across walking areas, and by reporting equipment or facility problems when you notice these.
  3. Specific dress codes, personal protective equipment and specific codes of behavioral conduct may apply to certain programs; Failure to follow these may result in your inability to participate in a lab, class or experiential learning activity.  
  4. Safe work practices are to be followed during all training. Follow the direction of your instructors. If you have a placement, your instructor will ensure that you are aware of safe practices and safety precautions and procedures. This includes problem-solving by the instructor and Program Coordinator with the college's Occupational Health & Safety Department as required.
  5. All safety-related accidents, incidents, and near misses must be reported to the Instructor-in-Charge immediately.

Student Protection Acknowledgement

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following:         

  • Academic Credential Procedure 
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfill and enforce these standards.


Professional Conduct - Use of social media and cell phones

To support a respectful learning environment both in the classroom and in field placements, the use of cell phones and laptops for social networking should only occur during break times, before and after class, and during formal break time in field placement.

Laptops and other forms of technology may be used in the classroom when the use pertains to the content and processes of learning facilitated by the faculty or instructor. If your technology use is disruptive to the class, we may ask you to leave the class until such time that you are able to re-engage in the learning process. 

Social Media Policy

  • As a student and future professional, it is essential to maintain your professional boundaries in all communication, including social media.

Important for you to know is that:

According to the Ontario College of Teachers (2011), "Electronic messages are not anonymous. They can be tracked, misdirected, manipulated and live forever on the internet." The same organization also indicates "Online identities and actions are visible to the public and can result in serious repercussions or embarrassment."Many types of social media encourage instantaneous, casual dialogue. It is important to remember that even an innocent comments may be easily misunderstood.

  • Assume that information you post or send can be accessed or altered by anyone.
  • Consider whether any posting may reflect poorly on you, your school, or your profession.
  • Avoid online criticism of other students, colleagues, faculty or field placements.
  • Avoid impulsive, inappropriate or heated comments.
  • Pictures should not be taken, posted to social media sites or shared without the expressed permission of all individuals involved.
  • Make sure your on-line name and email reflect professionalism.
Maintain privacy of all care and service activities when in practical work experiences:
  • Do not take or post any pictures while on placement or involved in lab activities.
  • Maintain client-provider relationships and boundaries. The addition of a client to a 'friendship" status online is unacceptable.

Ontario College of Teachers. (2011). Professional Advisory-Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media. Retrieved May 12, 2015, from https://www.oct.ca/resources/advisories/use-of-electronic-communication-and-social-media

Cell Phone Policy

Students should respect their instructors, faculty and staff by not using their cell phones for personal use during class time.

Students can not bring their cell phone or technology device(s) into a test or examination, unless required for the examination and approved by the faculty. 

In the event of an urgent need to keep your cell phone with you during a test, please speak to your faculty as soon as you enter the examination room. 


Attendance and Student Success Strategies


Religious Holidays

Students are permitted by Conestoga policy to be absent from class to observe a recognized religious holiday. Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in an examination, study, or work requirement on some particular day(s) because of religious beliefs will be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed or complete alternate work/examinations subject to timely notification.

Conestoga recognizes all religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Plan ahead and be aware of the dates of all examinations and other course obligations;
  • Advise the faculty member that you will be seeking accommodation to observe a recognized religious holiday. You will also make a request in writing to your Program Coordinator within the first three weeks of the semester and prior to the date of assessment that falls on the religious holiday. Exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Program Chair.


Use of Time between Classes

Students are encouraged to use breaks between classes for personal needs (food, washroom, phone calls, emails etc.) but also for group work, studying, connecting with Faculty, field placement supervisors, etc.

Test and Examination Policies

The structure and weighting of tests and examinations will vary for each course; however, there are some general policies that apply to all forms of tests written within the Environmental Public Health Program:

  • Admittance to the test/examination requires the presentation of photo I.D. to the Professor or Proctor.
  • Students arriving late to write tests will not be granted an extended time for writing. The test must be completed within the scheduled timeframe.
  • Test and exams are not permanently returned to students but are held within the department. Requests for review of test papers may be arranged with individual Professor(s) within two weeks of writing the test and not immediately prior to supplemental work.
  • Accommodations in the examination procedure are made by Accessibility Services solely for students as prescribed by the Accessibility Services Department.

Importance of Test and Presentation Dates

Test and assignment dates are scheduled at the beginning of each semester. Unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program, or the Faculty may require changes to the course schedule. If this occurs, students will be notified.

Students are required to write all tests during the scheduled in-class test times. Students who make personal commitments that conflict with meeting test and assignment deadlines do so at their own risk. There will be no special arrangements made for students with personal conflicts (e.g., work, family commitments or vacation plans). Students who wish to reschedule a test or presentation because of a religious holiday are required to discuss the situation with Faculty at the beginning of the semester.

Academic accommodations are provided to students with documented disabilities through the Accessibility Services Office.

Assignment Policies

The expectation of environmental public health professionals is that they complete assigned work competently and in the allocated time. In the event that they anticipate difficulty in meeting deadlines, professionals notify the appropriate person(s) and make the necessary arrangements.  The same expectations apply to BEPH students.

The following regulations regarding assignments reflect this belief and are designed to ensure that graduates of the programs meet these expectations.

  • Students are required to submit all written assignments on or before the date and time specified.
  • If due to extenuating circumstances, a student anticipates problems that will necessitate an extension of time, the student must make this request in writing to the appropriate Professor 24 hours prior to the deadline.
  • Late assignments will be deducted 10% per business day up to a maximum of 3 days. After the third day, a late assignment will receive a grade of zero.

Note: Extensions are rarely given and are done so at the discretion of the Professor. Do not expect to receive assignment extensions, organize your time to complete assignments by the given deadlines.


All forms of evaluation within the Environmental Public Health Program are designed to assess the course outcomes for each given course, which overall contribute to the entire program outcomes.  All forms of assessment will help students assess their progress toward the program goals.

Types of Evaluations

Two types of feedback are used to evaluate the student's performance:

1.      Formative: Formative evaluation is an ongoing process whereby the Professor and student collect data during the learning phase of the student's practice. The Professor monitors the student's progress toward achievement of the terminal objectives and provides ongoing feedback to the student on a regular basis. Examples could include quizzes, assignments, lab write-ups, practice calculations, and other weekly assessment methods.

2.      Summative: This is the final evaluation at the end of the practice experience. Summative evaluation is the documentation of the behaviours the student has mastered and the behaviours that the student must improve or change. This evaluation should contain all the information that has been shared with the student during the period of learning and should contain no surprises.

Tips for Test Preparation and Assignment Completion

The Environmental Public Health Program is a demanding program that requires students to stay organized and work hard. In order to successfully demonstrate your learning on tests and assignments, here are some general guidelines:

  • Review course material often. Don't wait until test season; spend a bit of time each night reviewing what you learned during the day.
  • Train yourself to think conceptually. With the depth and breadth of information present in the program courses it will be impossible to memorize it all. So instead, work towards understanding concepts. Do this by making study notes, drawing diagrams and flow charts, explaining course ideas out loud and in your own words, and asking lots of questions in class.
  • Stay organized. Use your smart phone, agenda, calendar, or any other method that works for you to record when assignments and labs are due and the dates of tests. Then make a plan. Arrange your schedule to designate specific amounts of time to each assessment.
  • Seek help when needed. Don't wait until it's too late! The Faculty is here to help you succeed, so ask questions, set up appointments, and take advantage of tutorials, in order to stay on top of what you're learning.
  • Start early. Assignments are often provided many weeks before the due date, and test dates are given for the whole term during the first week of the semester. Use this information to work ahead or you may feel swamped as the term progresses.

Faculty Returning Tests and Assignments

The Environmental Public Health Faculty are committed to supporting students in achieving success. One way to promote student success is through consistent, timely feedback. For this reason, all tests and assignments will be graded within two weeks of the date on which they were due. Individual Professors will inform their students as to how they will be returned or made available for viewing. Under no circumstances are students to enter the offices of Faculty or look through papers on a desk without a Faculty present. Students who have questions about a test/assignment mark may request an appointment with the Professor who marked the evaluation to discuss the mark. If a student requests for a question to be re-marked the Professor, the Professor may choose to re-mark the entire assessment.

General Guidelines for Quality of Written Work

It is expected that all students will meet the standard of English required within the Profession. Faculty will identify students who are having difficulty in this area and will approach them to discuss the need for improvement. Students may be referred to the Learning Commons to help them improve the quality of their written work.

General Guidelines for Submitting Written Work

For specific course requirements, refer to the course outlines provided. If you are not clear about course requirements, discuss this with individual Faculty. Students are required to use spell-check and grammar-check to assist with the editing of written work. The Learning Commons will be an invaluable resource to students who require assistance in organizing and writing an assignment with correct spelling and grammar.

Unless otherwise indicated by Professors, assignments must use the APA @Conestoga format.  

Conestoga 101

The Student Engagement Department is here to help you transition to the Conestoga College experience, connect with your community, and build your skills.
Start your college experience by completing Conestoga 101 (CON0101) on eConestoga, a mandatory course for all new full-time students that will take you approximately one hour to complete. CON0101 provides an overview of the supports, services, and opportunities available to you throughout your time at Conestoga. Make sure you complete it early on in the term, as it contains valuable information that will help you transition to Conestoga.

Academic Progress Through the Program

Academic Standing and Promotion

The Conestoga Student Guide is your first source for information concerning academic
regulations, policies and procedures. Please refer to this guide regarding any questions about academic standing.

Promotion Standards and Procedures

Promotion is the advancement from one portion of the program to another after a process of evaluation, which ensures that specific program objectives have been met. Promotion is based on academic achievement, satisfactory laboratory performance, professionalism, and may be influenced by attendance.

Promotion review occurs at the end of every semester. Requirements of each course must be met for graduation. At the end of the academic year, there will be a review of all course requirements in relation to the program standards.

Course Add/Drop

You can add, change and drop courses from your portal depending on the dates and which program you are in:

  1.  Log in to the Student Portal
  2.  Click on the "My Courses" tab
  3.  Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings. It is strongly recommended that students consult their Program Coordinator/academic advisor prior to dropping a course.

Special Timetables/Adding Dropped or Failed Courses

Please note that when students are not taking the program in the prescribed sequence, they will be on "special timetables". Prior to the beginning of the semester, students should attempt to add missed courses from a previous semester by logging in to the Student Portal and following the instructions to register for courses. If students are not able to add courses on their own (because of a timetable conflict or full course section) they must seek assistance from their Program Coordinator during the "Special Timetable Registration" initiated by the College. Dates, times and locations of Special Timetable Registration periods are posted in the student portal in advance of the beginning of each semester. Students must attend this meeting where they will receive further guidance regarding this academic status from their Program Coordinator.

Students who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

Promotion Standards

Promotion standards are minimally accepted academic performance expectations that must be met as the student progresses through the program. These standards set the basis for the evaluations of a student's performance and provide the program with an ongoing decision-making process for assessing whether the student has met the expected academic performance and is permitted to advance to the next academic level of the program.

The following regulatory standards (performance expectations) must be achieved for advancement in the program. Each student:

  • is expected to successfully complete all course requirements.
  • must demonstrate a minimum level of theoretical and practical competency in meeting course and program requirements by achieving a minimum of 60% on all final course grades.
  • is expected to maintain a minimum 65% average throughout the program.
  • Is expected to have no more than 2 outstanding failed courses on their transcript.
  • is expected to apply theory and skills to practice in a safe, professional and competent manner in accordance with the level identified in the learning outcomes.
  • must attend class regularly to achieve a "pass" in laboratory practice experiences.
  • must successfully complete all field placements.

Promotion Committee

A student who has not met the standards will be identified by the program team and referred to the Promotion Committee to identify appropriate courses of action.

The Promotion Committee may:

  • promote the student
  • create a Learning Contract for the student to sign
  • discontinue student from the program

If a student is required to sign a Learning Contract, they will be asked to meet one or more of the following (as determined by the Promotion Committee):

  • Complete supplemental evaluation requirements for course failures (see Supplemental Evaluations below). Following successful completion of supplemental evaluation, the highest course grade that can be achieved is 60%.
  • Repeat the course at the earliest opportunity.
  • Follow through with counselling (academic and/or personal).
  • Follow through with health measures as recommended.
  • Complete makeup work for missed learning experiences. Total time lost will be assessed on an individual basis. Additional time may be required to complete program objectives.
  • Complete the requirements of Academic Probation as set out in a Learning Contract specific to each student. (See Academic Probation below).
  • Other appropriate measures to align with Program Standards.

Failure to meet the requirements of the Learning Contract will result in discontinuance from the program.

Academic Probation and Learning Contracts

Students who are on a Learning Contract are considered to be on Academic Probation.

Academic probation allows students to be promoted to the next level with a special timetable or with academic conditions. Special timetables and academic conditions are designed as part of the formal Learning Contract that the student and Program Coordinator create together. The goal of these measures is to allow students to continue in the program accompanied by a supportive plan for success.

In accordance with the Clearance of Academic Deficiency policy students will remain on Academic Probation until the requirements of their Learning Contract have been met.  All students on Academic Probation will be reviewed by the Promotion Committee at the end of every semester. 

Supplemental Evaluations

A student with final course grade of less than 60%, but above 50%, may apply to complete a supplemental evaluation including an administrative fee. A decision to grant supplemental evaluations will be finalized by the Promotion Committee, using the following criteria:

Criteria for Eligibility to Complete Supplemental Evaluations

  • The student must have passed at least one evaluation in the course.
  • The student must not have any registered academic offences in the course.
  • A student can complete a maximum of two supplemental evaluations per semester.
  • A student can complete a maximum of four supplemental evaluations throughout the program.  If students have completed four supplemental evaluations, they will no longer be eligible to complete further supplemental evaluations.

If the student is successful in completing the supplemental work for the course, the failing course grade will be upgraded to the minimal passing grade of 60% for the course.

  1. The Promotion Committee verifies eligibility to complete the supplemental evaluation.
  2. The Program Coordinator contacts student to inform them of their eligibility to complete a supplemental evaluation.  Students choosing to complete a supplemental evaluation must complete the Supplemental Evaluation Form from the Registrar's office.
  3. Student brings Supplemental Evaluation Form to the evaluation in order to have it signed by the proctor.
  4. After completing the evaluation, student pays fee for supplemental evaluation at the Registrar's office and provides proof of payment to Program Coordinator.
  5. Supplemental work is assessed, and the course grade will be updated by the Registrar's Office after proof of payment has been provided to the Program Coordinator.

NOTE: Students who feel they may be eligible for a supplemental exam should contact the program coordinator as soon as possible after final grades are posted.

For more information visit the College Policies, Procedures, Practices and Guidelines webpage. 

Program Discontinuance

Students may be discontinued by the Promotion Committee.


  1. The Promotion Committee reviews student performance against the program standards and recommends discontinuance.
  2. The Program Chair and/or Coordinator meet with the student to explain the reason(s) for discontinuance.
  3. Program Chair/Coordinator communicates discontinuance to the Registrar.
  4. The registrar forwards the student a letter outlining the discontinuance and explains the steps involved in requesting an appeal.


A student who wishes to appeal grades or discontinuance should refer to the Conestoga College Student Guide.

Program Withdrawals

Voluntary withdrawals from the program are supported from an academic perspective. Students assess their own capabilities in meeting the academic requirements of a program and decide to withdraw.

Extended personal leave of absence could result in a student's withdrawal from the program due to the loss of study time. Financial constraints may be a necessary reason for program withdrawal. For these and other reasons, voluntary withdrawals are approved and supported with the option of re-applying for admission.


Requests for voluntary withdrawals from the program will be approved by the Program Chair. The student will initiate the withdrawal by informing the Program Chair of their intention to withdraw from the program.

Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meet with the Program Coordinator or academic advisor. Students who decide to change programs may do so by completing and submitting a program application form to the Registrar's Office. If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled in, students may want to discuss options with a career advisor. When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where courses numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met.

Readmission to the Program

A student who has withdrawn or been discontinued from the program may apply to be readmitted. Students who voluntarily withdraw will not assume automatic re-admission to the program. Such students will re-apply to the program and may be re-admitted on the recommendation of the Promotion Committee.


Re-admission to the program by students who withdrew or were discontinued will be dependent upon:

  • Competition with other candidates re-applying.
  • Availability of seats in the class.
  • Previous program performance.
  • Completion of recommendations for re-admission, if any.

Each student will only have one opportunity for re-admission to the program.

A student who is returning to the program may be asked to successfully complete a self-reflection and statement of goals regarding their career and readmission to the program.


  1. Student submits application for re-admission to the Registrar's Office.
  2. The Registrar's Office forwards the application and previous academic information to the Program Coordinator.
  3. The Program Coordinator reviews the information with the Program Chair and agrees to accept or deny re-admission. Self-reflection assignments are arranged if required.
  4. The Registrar's Office is notified of the decision.
  5. The Registrar's Office notifies the applicant of the decision to re-admit or deny re-admission due to reasons defined by the program.


Students who complete their program are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the registrar's office.

When eligible to graduate, students are expected to respond to their convocation invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year.

Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate.

Conestoga's Student Protection Information

All students should be aware of Conestoga's policies and procedures pertaining to academic matters. Policies, procedures and program information are available through the following:

Conestoga Website

Policies and Procedures Website

Fulltime Calendar and Program Webpages

Degree Program Webpages

Student Guide

Student Portal

Environmental Public Health (Bachelor of) (Honours) Program page

General Education / Breadth Electives

School of Liberal Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Degree Breadth electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed not just in their chosen career fields, but in all life paths. Working collaboratively with your program,  diploma General Education and degree Breadth elective courses cultivate critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives.


Process for resolution of student concerns

In order to resolve any concerns which may arise during a course, field placement or relating to the overall program, students are encouraged to resolve issues or concerns informally at the program level prior to proceeding to a formal appeal.

If attempts have been made for a resolution, yet no satisfactory outcome was reached, students are encouraged to refer to the Student Guide, and to follow the procedures outlined under the "Academic Dispute Resolution and Appeal Procedure" section.

Maintaining Student Files

  1. Official records of each student's education are maintained electronically by the Registrar.
  2. Administrative records related to your experience in the Program are maintained to demonstrate compliance with external and college requirements. This information is as follows:
Administrative Records
Student Information (if applicable) File Location and Student Access Retention

Pre Placement Health Requirements

  • Copies of information received from student.

In H.S Trax, by individual student access, accessed through My Conestoga

  • Each student has their own information on the Passport for provision to placement agencies.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.

Acknowledgement of WSIB understanding.

  • Signed electronically by student prior to the first field placements.
  • By Program, online.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.

Student Consents signed on admission electronically.

  • Student Consent for Release of Information.
  • Student Understanding of Professional Standards.
  • Student Understanding of Safety Requirements.
  • Filed electronically.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.
  1. Academic Files are set up as required for a student to document important matters relevant to a student's progress or to document and monitor resolution of concerns.
Academic Records
Student Information File Location and Student Access Retention

Documents related to academic progress

  • Correspondence regarding course equivalencies.
  • Correspondence regarding supplementary examinations.
  • Learning Contracts.
  • Disabilities Information and plans.
  • In Student File, maintained by the Program Coordinator, initially, and then filed during the student's stay in the Program – maintained by Program Assistant.
For 1 year following graduation or as required by accrediting body.
Records of Competency Attainment As above. As above.

Documents related to areas of concern

  • Interview records, supporting email documentation.
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Incident reports.
  • Letters/emails of significant concern and replies.
  • Appeals .
As above. As above.
  1. Students may review the contents of their academic file by:
    • Requesting this in writing to the Program Coordinator.
    • Reviewing the file in the presence of the Program Coordinator.


Work-Integrated Learning Experiences

Student Consent Forms

Students are required to complete program specific consent forms. To access the forms, students need to visit the WIL Document Services Community in myConestoga and click on the WIL Document Forms tab. 

Laboratory/Work-Integrated Learning Experiences

The Environmental Public Health Program trains individuals to understand and manage risks to human health of a physical, chemical and biological nature.  To that end, the program places a large emphasis on the development of technical lab skills. When working in a laboratory there are several important elements to be aware of that will be discussed below.


As an Environmental Public Health program student or faculty member, it is important to present oneself in a professional manner. A professional demeanour and appearance are important in establishing effective working relationships. Professionalism is constituted by your overall attitude and physical presentation. In all courses with a laboratory component you will be assessed based on your professionalism according to the following expectations:

Attire To dress professionally means to dress tastefully and respectfully and to adhere to the standards of health and safety. In all laboratory settings, lab coats are to be worn and the specific recommendations outlined in section 7.2 are to be followed.
It is expected that you will treat your experience in this program similar to that of a workplace. Thus, as you interact with peers and faculty your attitude and behaviour should reflect that of a positive, hard-working professional.
Working alongside others is an integral part of the Environmental Public Health profession. You are expected to demonstrate effective teamwork strategies including taking on roles as a leader and as a member in group situations. You are to respect your colleagues and interact in a positive, encouraging, productive, and collaborative way.
Time-management and organization are of utmost importance throughout this program. Within the laboratory you must keep a neat and tidy workspace and demonstrate appropriate time-management and organizational skills allowing for completion of tasks in a timely and effective manner.
Conduct Your conduct within the laboratory environment must adhere to standard health and safety protocols and the additional regulations of the specific labs used for the Environmental Public Health Program. All food and drink is prohibited from the lab. There are to be no interactions that could pose a safety threat, such as horseplay or excessive noise. In addition, a detailed lab notebook must be maintained and kept locked in the laboratory room.

Co-operative Education

The academic requirements to be eligible for a co-op work term in a degree program are as follows (starting with the 1701 cohort and subsequent cohorts unless otherwise noted):

  • Minimum 2.5 SWA (65% session weighted average) in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term.
  • Maximum two failures or withdrawals during the academic semester that occurs in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term.
  • Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing).
  • Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared.
  • Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event a student changes cohort (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term.
  • Should a student's academic performance decline considerably (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
  • In the case of back to back work terms eligibility to participate in consecutive work terms will be granted upon approval to participate in the initial work term.
  • Where two or more work terms occur back to back, should a student fail to achieve academic eligibility for the first work term, their eligibility for the second work term will be based on the term that occurs two terms prior to the second work term.
  • Students in degree programs may only fail/defer each work term in their program design once. 

To participate in a co-op work term, students must (starting with the 1701 cohort and subsequent cohorts unless otherwise noted):

  • Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation modules (CEPR/CDEV71050).  Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation will not be permitted to search for co-op employment nor will they be able to participate in a co-op work term.  Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation more than twice will not be permitted to continue in their co-op program (exceptions may be granted for degrees).
  • Be enrolled full-time (full-time = 70% of the hours, or 66 2/3 % of the courses in the current session/level of the Program Design.)  Exceptions will apply to those students who have been granted special timetabling based on formal identification of barriers or challenges for which accommodation is required. Academic eligibility requirements must still be met prior to being granted access to seek a co-op work term.
  • Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing).
  • Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared.
  • Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event a student changes cohort (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term.
  • Should a student's academic performance decline considerably (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
  • Meet program specific co-op work term eligibility requirements.

For additional information please refer to the Co-operative Education Regulations & Guidelines: Student Regulations, Procedures and Supports found by:

  • Login to MyCareer
  • Select Co-op
  • Select Co-op Resources
  • Select Co-op Policies
  • Select Co-operative Education Regulations, Procedures and Supports for Students 

Please Note:

  • Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op webpages for more details. 
  • The College cannot guarantee co-op employment.  All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.


Student Awards

Awards Available for Environmental Public Health - 2019/2020

The following awards* are available to the students of Environmental Public Health. Students who have questions about any of these awards should speak with their Program Coordinator. Please watch your College email for information from the Financial Aid office concerning application deadlines, processes and eligibility. You may obtain information about other school wide awards and scholarships from Student Financial Services.

* Note: All awards are correct at time of print but are subject to change.

Len Hiebert Environmental Health Review Award

A $250 award and certificate for a student or team of students conducting a research project in one of the accredited public health inspection programs in Canada.

National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH) Award Student Project Award

Student award offered by NCCEH in partnership with the Environmental Health Foundation of Canada (EHFC) and takes the form of a contest for students enrolled in environmental health programs across Canada. The project objectives is to: promote evidence-based practice and policy among students and schools; recognize quality student work; share quality student projects with EH professionals across the country. A prize of $200 is presented for each of the 15 top projects (group projects are considered as one).

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) Ontario Branch Student Conference Bursary

This bursary is open to a student studying environmental public health. Funding from this bursary is used to support attendance at the CIPHI Ontario Annual Educational Conference. Up to a maximum of $500 will be made available to help cover the cost of accommodations and/or student registration. One bursary is to be provided annually.

Dave Patterson Memorial Board of Certification Bursary

This bursary is awarded to a deserving student who has applied to the Board of Certification to sit their certification exam. 

Ron de Burger Student Award

This is an annual award offered in partnership with the Environmental Health Foundation of Canada (EHFC) for students enrolled in Canadian post-secondary institutions offering a Public Health Inspection program or a degree in public health. 

Abell Research & Internship Awards

These awards, sponsored by Abell Pest Control, recognize the high quality of research being conducted by students at Conestoga College. The Outstanding Research Awards will be presented annually to a student in Conestoga's Bachelor of Environmental Public Health, for conducting outstanding research related to environmental public health issues in Canada and abroad.

Award Categories

  1. Award of Excellence | Paper of project of any length from any level 1, 2, 3 or 4 course 
  2. Putting the 'E' in Environmental Public Health Award | any BEPH student
  3. Award of Excellence | Paper of project of any length from any level 5, 6, 8 or 9 course
  4. Research Award | Research project and presentation from RSCH74000 Professional Research Internship


Current Conestoga students registered for a BEPH program related course are eligible to submit. Individuals or teams may submit projects/papers and all class levels are eligible. To be eligible for an award, the work must have been completed for a Conestoga course credit.

Eligible papers/projects must have been completed during the current or previous calendar year. Each student or team may submit only one paper/project per award year. Each paper/project may only be submitted once. 

Applicants must agree to give Conestoga permission to exhibit winning papers/projects in a common area to the program. All application materials remain the property of Conestoga College. Winning papers/projects will become part of the program archives and may be posted on eConestoga.

Successful projects will:

  • Address emerging or historical environmental public health issues.
  • Make extensive, creative use of diverse LRC resources and collections in any format.
  • Demonstrate effective application of information literacy and fluency principles:
    • Determining information needs.
    • Evaluating and analyzing information.
    • Managing, organizing and synthesizing information.
    • Applying information in the context of the research project.
    • Making responsible use of information by providing appropriate and accurate citations and credits.
    • Show evidence of significant personal knowledge in the methods of research and inquiry.
    • Contribute to the expansion of environmental public health knowledge and understanding.

Evaluation Committee:

  • Submissions will be evaluated by a panel consisting of: two Faculty members, and two BEPH Program Advisory Committee members.

Student Awards – Bachelor of Environmental Public Health


  • Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Public Health program.
  • Each award will be presented at the Public Health and Informatics Symposium (PHIS) typically held in April, and students must be available on this day.

Year 1 – Student Engagement

This award recognizes a Level 1 BEPH student whose involvement has significantly enhanced the student experience. This individual goes above and beyond to support student learning and development; this may include mentoring and supporting other students, participation in the Conestoga Environmental Public Health Awareness Club or championing their peers' ideas and/or feedback.

Year 2 – Evolving Communicator

This award recognizes a Level 2 BEPH student who has displayed the ability, talent, and skill to create and lead innovative and exemplary communications initiatives and projects that increase the general public's understanding of environmental public health issues. (For example, developing an outreach project or ­­­­­a campaign to raise awareness about a public health issue

Year 3 - Student Leadership

This award recognizes a Level 3 BEPH student who exemplifies outstanding leadership characteristics, not only demonstrating commitment to their academic pursuits, but also a strong commitment to the BEPH Program, their peers and Conestoga College as a whole. The recipient will have dedicated significant amounts of effort and energy towards bettering the student experience through involvement in group projects, campus and/or community activities.  

Year 4 – Emerging Professional     

This award recognizes a Level 4 BEPH student who demonstrated professional excellence in the field of Environmental Public Health through their co-op position, involvement in the CEPHA Club, Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, or through other contributions. Throughout their final year, they have shown their potential for positive contributions to the profession, demonstrated leadership in the classroom, and exuded passion and enthusiasm for the profession of environmental public health.

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors – Ontario Branch Award

Ashley Zell Perseverance Award (New)

This award is given to a student who demonstrates commitment and perseverance in their pursuit of academic and professional development while overcoming personal challenges.

Selection Process

  • Students will be nominated by their peers and/or by Faculty.
  • Student nominations will be reviewed by the Program Faculty, Chair and the Coordinator.
  • Student nominees meeting all requirements will be informed and invited to the annual awards celebration (PHIS) for the presentation and reception.

College Hours

Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered during the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Friday,  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame to accommodate course, program, and college requirements.

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.  
Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.
While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  

In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More

Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays, will require appropriate documentation for verification, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.

Alternative Evaluation Arrangements

  • Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate.
  • Students will complete any necessary forms. 
  • Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.
  • Tests will be made up in the Conestoga Test Centre in the following week, or by individual arrangements with course faculty member.
  • If the evaluation is to be conducted in the Conestoga Test Centre, students will be asked to show their ONECard* before permitted to write the test.

* Students taking part-time courses or in programs where a OneCard is not provided may be asked to show alternate ID.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Last Revised By Whom
June 13, 2016 Ken Diplock, Cathy Egan
June 16, 2016 Jillian Grant
June 12, 2017 Jillian Grant
May 31, 2018 Wendy Dunbar
July 8, 2019
Julia Rodricks

Accommodation Disclaimer

Conestoga College provides an equitable environment where all students have the opportunity to participate in College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

Conestoga's  Accessible Learning services provide support for students with permanent and temporary disabilities who feel they are encountering barriers to learning. They work with students to understand the impact of a disability in the college environment and will help develop a success plan that considers student goals and required academic accommodations. Accessible Learning will also communicate necessary accomodations to professors on behalf of the student. 

To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing  accessibility@conestogac.on.ca or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

Exceptions for non-accessiblity focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accomodations rests with the program chair.