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Environmental Health Major


Designed to develop skills in the quantification and assessment of environmental health risks and public health safety.





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)



Non standard timetable requirements

This major is studied online, however laboratory-based units require on-campus attendance.

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Major details

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply creative and innovative solutions in communities that may be experiencing environmental or public health risks.
  2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the biological mechanisms of human disease.
  3. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and skills in the assessment of environmental health risks and public health safety.
  4. Demonstrate international and cultural awareness and understanding of individual and collective human rights at both a national and global level.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of sustainable practices to apply appropriate environmental management strategies to control diseases in communities.
  6. Exercise critical thinking and judgment to identify and solve problems that may arise within communities that will potentially affect the environmental and local population's health.
  7. Explain the importance of cultural diversity and sensitivity (including Indigenous cultural awareness) when collaborating with communities.
  8. Reflect and set goals related to professional development and continued learning.
  9. Review, analyse and synthesise knowledge relating to environmental health risks and public health safety.
  10. Use and analyse environmental health data to make decisions about and solve problems related to the planning and implementation of appropriate environmental health interventions.
  11. Use professional communication skills and work collaboratively to enable the exchange of information with colleagues, practitioners, clients, policy-makers, interest groups and the public.
  12. Utilise relevant levels of technology, information and English language skills to identify, access and compile relevant and appropriate information in different environmental health contexts.

Professional recognition


Students can apply for membership with Environmental Health Australia. Graduates are eligible for membership with Environmental Health Australia.

Practicum Requirement

Students undertake a professional placement unit which comprises of a 140 hour placement in an environmental health department.

Attendance requirements

Students will be required to complete 140 hours of practical placement in an environmental health department.

Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

Students will be required to sign contracts and ensure duty of care and insurance issues are covered.



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST1152Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety15
HST2114Environmental Health Law and Compliance15
HST2116Environmental Health Professional Practice15
HST2184Communicable Disease Control15
HST2185Environmental Disease15
HST2256Occupational Hygiene15
HST2220Health Promotion Planning and Administration15
HST3186Food Safety and Water Quality15
HST3187Environmental Health Management15
SCC1123Chemistry for the Life Sciences15
SCI1193Introduction to Environmental Science15
SCI3307Waste Management15
SCP1134Foundations of Physics15
SCH2235Applied Microbiology15
SCH3227The Biology of Human Disease15

Employment Opportunities

Designed for students who wish to be employed as environmental health officers in Australia.

Possible future job titles

Environmental Health Officer

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