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Early graduation options

You may be able to graduate sooner with:

  • 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
QUT course code PU67
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2019 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Online
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact Public Health
CRICOS code 061302C
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Government Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Public Health Officer


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.

Career 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.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health

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.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award)  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).

Limited places

There are limited Commonwealth Supported places in this course. Places are likely to fill early so you are encouraged to apply for this course as soon as possible to secure a place.

Course fees

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

2019: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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

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

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 234.35 KB)

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