Occupational and Environmental Health


Master of Occupational and Environmental Health

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  • Graduate Diploma of Occupational and Environmental Health

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  • Our flexible multi-modal course allows you to study while working, giving you the option to attain core skills in occupational and environmental health while also pursuing your specialization or interests within our varied unit offerings. Whether it be conducting workforce health checks and ergonomic assessments, auditing industrial sites for safety or researching toxic exposure effects in at-risk workforces, occupational and environmental health offers a huge array of career options.

    This course is designed for students from a wide range of health and science backgrounds including clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals, scientists and occupational health and safety managers. Graduates learn how to plan healthy workplaces; prevent work-related illness; assess, identify and manage hazards; and communicate health risks effectively.

    The Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health coordinates the course and gives students access to leaders in the largest such centre in Australia. With research interests across industry, veteran and military health, occupational disease surveillance and exposure assessment, we have broad expertise to pass on to you.

    The course is accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board and Graduates of the course are therefore eligible to apply for certification as Certified OHS Graduate (COHSGrad) or Professional (COHSProf).

    Career fields

    Career fields include: health and safety executives, OHS managers, environmental health managers, risk managers, occupational hygienists, environmental health officers, OHS coordinators, and safety officers.

    Course Coordinator

    "This course enabled my accreditation as an Occupational Physician registrar with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The core units further enhanced my approach to identifying, quantifying and managing occupational hazards. I apply those skills to my role in an occupational health company where I advise corporations on occupational health matters and oversee pre-employment medical examinations, injury management and health surveillance."

    – Dr Chris Pang, Occupational Physician Registrar

    "I wanted to formalise my on-the-job experience in workplace health and safety with study. This course was recommended to me and it complemented my skills and experience perfectly. The online learning modules allowed me to juggle study with other life commitments whilst the on-site days were a fantastic chance to learn from the experience my peers brought with them. I’ve now got more confidence in my analytical skills."

    – Eleanor Weber, Grad Dip graduate

    "It really increased my confidence in the assessments I need to make, and also in communicating in fraught situations. In this field you are often dealing with a variety of people in high-stress situations: injured workers and their families, business representatives who are worried about being sued, lawyers and representatives from insurers and government safe work agencies."

    – Dr Carlin White

    Read more from Carlin here.