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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.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

Professional Recognition

  • This Major has been Provisionally Accredited by: Environmental Health Australia (EHA).

    As this new Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety major is considered a new course under EHA accreditation policies, further assessment can be undertaken when the course produces its first graduates, and until such time, provisional accreditation allows graduates to be appointed as an authorised person’ under relevant legislation.

    This professional recognition only applies when you study this Major in the following course:


Students can apply for membership with Environmental Health Australia.

Students are encouraged to apply for EHA membership whilst undertaking their studies (no fee for student members), and are eligible to apply for Graduate membership upon successful completion of this degree.



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST1152Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety15
SCC1123Chemistry for the Life Sciences15
HST1160Occupational and Environmental Health Regulation15
SCI1193Introduction to Environmental Science15
SCP1134Foundations of Physics15
HST2116Environmental Health Professional Practice15
HST2131Public Health Microbiology15
HST2145Risk Management15
HST2184Communicable Disease Control15
HST2220Health Promotion Planning and Administration15
HST2258Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology15
HST3180Environmental Health Investigations15
HST3182Food Safety 15
HST3350Safety and Ergonomic Hazards15
HST3357Occupational Safety and Health Management15
HST3503Workplace Compensation and Injury Management15

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


Important notes

  • 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.

    Attendance requirements

    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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical Health Science situations
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex Health Science problems.
  3. Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  4. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  5. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline specific solutions/responses.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

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

This Major can be studied in the following courses

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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