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  • 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 Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2018 February
Note: Applications for 2017 have now closed. Applications for Semester 1, 2018 open in August 2017.
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Online
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact
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. Issues that practitioners deal with include: environmental degradation, climate change, contaminated food and water, waste management, disaster management, dangerous goods and chemicals, and drug safety management.

Most graduates initially find employment as environmental health officers (EHOs). Some of the roles of an EHO include: auditing of food safety and standards, environmental (eg. air, water, noise) monitoring, investigations of environmental health complaints/issues, investigation of infectious disease outbreaks (eg. 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 various 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 a range of employment opportunities in other countries, such as the UK, USA and Canada, as well as in developing countries.

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 or a recognised foundation chemistry bridging program; 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.

2018: CSP $9200 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.

More information on the SSAF

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:

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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, 233.05 KB)

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