What will I learn?

The main objective of this program is to provide an alternative pathway to practice as a gazetted Environmental Health Officer (EHO).

The program aims to produce graduates who are:

  • conversant with current environmental health issues
  • able to operate specifically as accredited Environmental Health Officers or more generically as Environmental Health Professionals capable of responding to both current and emerging environmental health issues
  • conversant in the many disciplines that make up environmental health and aware of the importance of integration of these disciplines for achieving effective solutions to issues
  • keen to promote an understanding within the community of environmental health and the role of their profession
  • committed to ongoing lifelong learning.

Learning outcomes

The learning objectives are directly tied to the requirements of the National Peak Body for this profession, Environmental Health Australia (EHA) to enable the course to be accredited for practice across Australia and internationally.

Graduates of this course are expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • problem solving and basic research skills for the investigation and resolution of problem issues
  • effective written and verbal communication and negotiation skills
  • critical analysis and interpretation of the literature and laboratory and epidemiological data
  • ability to apply risk assessment methodologies in investigations and inspections
  • commitment to the advancement of environmental health
  • ability to manage environmental health issues
  • self-directed learning skills and self-reflective practices.

In addition, graduates of this course are expected to have an understanding of:

  • the relationships of humans with their domestic, recreational and work environments
  • the legislation, standards and guidelines relating to environmental health in Australia
  • information processing methods of relevance to environmental health
  • information networks and investigational methodologies available for defining and resolving environmental health issues
  • the availability, application and limitations of analytical procedures used in environmental health.

This online course is available to international students to study externally (online) from outside Australia. It is not available to international students who wish to undertake all of their studies onshore in Australia.

Your career

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Practice will be qualified to practise as EHOs anywhere in Australia. Some further study may be required for international students to be recognized under their domestic legislation.

Graduates of the masters program will be qualified for employment in both the public and private sector, especially local government, state health departments, private environmental consulting firms and mining companies. They will be qualified to practise as EHOs anywhere in Australia and anywhere that recognises EHA accreditation. Graduates will gain the project management, research, communication and report writing skills that are critical to the senior and specialist roles in environmental health.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

Study options

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$37,500.00 (20,07,495) per year
Start date

28 February 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have equivalent of a three-year Australian bachelor’s degree. Some degrees may require work experience to meet the entry requirements. A reference or statement from the employer will be required. Special requirements apply to the four-year Doctor of Medicine. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE): Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking, 300 Reading, 300 Listening.

For international students

Applicants normally must hold an approved undergraduate degree or equivalent and have successfully completed a minimum of one semester full-time (18 units or equivalent) in basic sciences such as chemistry, physics, microbiology, physiology and life sciences.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): B2

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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