Environmental Health Major
Designed to develop skills in the quantification and assessment of environmental health risks and public health safety.
Availability & Campus
This Major has been Accredited by: Environmental Health Australia (EHA).
Students can apply for membership with Environmental Health Australia. Graduates are eligible for membership with Environmental Health Australia.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Credit Points|
|HST1152||Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety||15|
|HST2114||Environmental Health Law and Compliance||15|
|HST2116||Environmental Health Professional Practice||15|
|HST2184||Communicable Disease Control||15|
|HST2220||Health Promotion Planning and Administration||15|
|HST3186||Food Safety and Water Quality||15|
|HST3187||Environmental Health Management||15|
|SCC1123||Chemistry for the Life Sciences||15|
|SCI1193||Introduction to Environmental Science||15|
|SCP1134||Foundations of Physics||15|
|SCH3227||The Biology of Human Disease||15|
For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.Student handbook
This major is studied online, however laboratory-based units require on-campus attendance.
Students undertake a professional placement unit which comprises of a 140 hour placement in an environmental health department.
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.
- Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and skills in the assessment of environmental health risks and public health safety.
- Demonstrate international and cultural awareness and understanding of individual and collective human rights at both a national and global level.
- Explain the importance of cultural diversity and sensitivity (including Indigenous cultural awareness) when collaborating with communities.
- Use and analyse environmental health data to make decisions about and solve problems related to the planning and implementation of appropriate environmental health interventions.
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the biological mechanisms of human disease.
- Review, analyse and synthesise knowledge relating to environmental health risks and public health safety.
- 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.
- Reflect and set goals related to professional development and continued learning.
- Utilise relevant levels of technology, information and English language skills to identify, access and compile relevant and appropriate information in different environmental health contexts.
- Use professional communication skills and work collaboratively to enable the exchange of information with colleagues, practitioners, clients, policy-makers, interest groups and the public.
- Demonstrate knowledge of sustainable practices to apply appropriate environmental management strategies to control diseases in communities.
- Apply creative and innovative solutions in communities that may be experiencing environmental or public health risks.
Designed for students who wish to be employed as environmental health officers in Australia.
Possible future job titles
Environmental Health Officer