Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Major
This major specifically develops skills in the quantification and assessment of occupational and environmental health and safety risks and prepares students for employment as either environmental health or health and safety professionals.
Students graduate with practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in communication, teamwork, critical thinking, innovation, and cross-cultural and international awareness. They are highly sought after and can choose a range of interesting and dynamic career pathways.
Availability & Campus
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Credit Points|
|HST1152||Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety||15|
|SCC1123||Chemistry for the Life Sciences||15|
|HST1160||Occupational and Environmental Health Regulation||15|
|SCI1193||Introduction to Environmental Science||15|
|SCP1134||Foundations of Physics||15|
|HST2116||Environmental Health Professional Practice||15|
|HST2131||Public Health Microbiology||15|
|HST2184||Communicable Disease Control||15|
|HST2220||Health Promotion Planning and Administration||15|
|HST2258||Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology||15|
|HST3180||Environmental Health Investigations||15|
|HST3350||Safety and Ergonomic Hazards||15|
|HST3357||Occupational Safety and Health Management||15|
|HST3503||Workplace Compensation and Injury Management||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
The majority of units in this major can be studied either on-campus or online, with some units only available for online enrolment. Compulsory attendance requirements HST2258: All students will be required to participate in compulsory on-campus laboratory practicals. HST2116: Students will be required to complete 140 hours of industry placement with a local or state government environmental health service. Refer to unit details for specific delivery information for each unit.
All students will complete the Environmental Health Professional Practice unit, HST2116, which includes 140 hours of industry placement with a local or state government environmental health service. Students will attend a mix of metropolitan and regional placements where possible. Work Integrated Learning is a core requirement of course accreditation and has been designed to cover specified competencies, and must be certified by a qualified Environmental Health practitioner acting as the placement supervisor. Specified competencies are wide ranging, but include environmental health inspections and complaint investigation under relevant legislation, and a range of scientific sampling practices. The unit coordinator assists students to obtain placements by negotiating placements in local and state government health departments.
Students negotiate their placement to fit in with their availability, usually 1 day per week in a Metro location and a block in mid semester breaks in country placements.
Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required
All students have to complete a risk assessment and undergo an induction.
Professional practice rules
The students are issued a WIL handbook that contains an induction and they are expected to conform to the placement providers’ internal induction and work related policies.
- Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical Health Science situations
- Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex Health Science problems.
- Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
- Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
- Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline specific solutions/responses.
- Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
- Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.
- Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
Environmental Health Officers, Occupational Health and Safety professionals.
Possible future job titles
Environmental Health Officers, Occupational Health and Safety, Health Officer, Health Inspector, Workplace Health and Safety, Occupational Safety and Health