Highlights

  • Pathway into professional practice as an Environmental Health Officer, accredited by Environmental Health Australia.
  • Study local and global environmental challenges, including climate change, pollution, communicable diseases and Indigenous health.
  • Complete in 2 semesters full-time or 4 semesters part-time.
  • Opportunity to progress to the Master of Health, Safety and Environment

Highlights

  • Pathway into professional practice as an Environmental Health Officer, accredited by Environmental Health Australia.
  • Study local and global environmental challenges, including climate change, pollution, communicable diseases and Indigenous health.
  • Complete in 2 semesters full-time or 4 semesters part-time.
  • Opportunity to progress to the Master of Health, Safety and Environment

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What to expect

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health provides an entry pathway into environmental health professional practice. Students are highly skilled to assess environmental health risks and combat a range of environmental challenges including climate change, pollution, and communicable diseases.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Practitioners working in the field of environmental health are involved in promoting healthy environments and managing environmental factors that affect human health. These may include: environmental degradation, climate change, contaminated food and water, waste management, disaster management, dangerous goods and chemicals, and drug safety management.

Students may have the opportunity to complete up to 240 hours of placement during this course. This placement is not compulsory but does provide a valuable opportunity for career development and networking. You may also access QUT's career mentoring program which connects you with external industry professionals who are able to offer advice and coaching to support your career goals.

Leading industry professionals are contributors to the development and ongoing sustainment of our programs. They provide insight into emerging trends and are regular guest lecturers and presenters in many of the environmental health subject areas.

Many graduates find employment as an environmental health officer (EHO). Their role may include: auditing of food safety and standards, environmental (e.g. air, water, noise) monitoring, investigations of environmental health complaints/issues, investigation of infectious disease outbreaks (e.g. food borne illness, Legionnaires disease, lead poisoning, Q fever, meningococcal disease), infection control auditing, mosquito and vector control, implementing tobacco control initiatives, working with Indigenous communities, policy development, health promotion, and prosecutions for breaches of health and environmental legislation.

Graduates of this program gain employment with local councils or state government departments, with positions also available with Commonwealth Government agencies, including the Australian Defence Force. There are an increasing number of private sector positions being created particularly in the areas of environmental and food safety auditing/management. There are also employment opportunities in other countries, such as the UK, USA and Canada, as well as in developing countries. Graduates are well prepared to compete for, and effectively perform, in a wide range of roles and responsibilities.

Professional recognition

This course was the first postgraduate course to be accredited with Environmental Health Australia and graduates are eligible to practice as environmental health officers.

Course articulation

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health articulates into the Master of Health, Safety and Environment.

Possible careers

  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Government Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Public Health Officer

Details and units

Students complete eight core units. The course is available full-time and part-time. Internal and external modes are available.

Note: All students are encouraged to attend on campus workshops in six units. The workshops focus on developing practical skills which employers consider desirable.

Students complete eight core units. The course is available full-time and part-time. Internal and external modes are available.

Note: All students are encouraged to attend on campus workshops in six units. The workshops focus on developing practical skills which employers consider desirable.

Requirements

Course code
PU67
CRICOS code
061302C
Delivery
  • External
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
1 years full-time
2 years part-time
Duration
1 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline; and
  • At least 36 credit points (three units) of recognised basic science units completed at bachelor degree level (or higher); and
  • At least 12 credit points (one unit) of foundation chemistry completed at bachelor degree level (or higher).

 

Minimum academic requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4 (on QUT's 7 point scale) in any discipline; and

A minimum 48 credit points (equivalent of one semester full-time study) of recognised basic science units that were included at Bachelor level and must include:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points (one subject) of foundation chemistry; and
  • a further 36 credit points (equivalent to three subjects) in other science areas (e.g. microbiology, physics, anatomy and physiology, life science).

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $8,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $31,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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