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Diploma of Environmental Health

Course code C54

Prepares students to make a positive contribution to the health of communities.

Students graduate with the ability to think critically about prevention and control of communicable and environmental disease and a range of other environmental health issues, to work independently and as part of a team, and plan and coordinate environmental health projects.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code



Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $7,950

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1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT PT
Mount Lawley
South West FT PT PT
Online FT PT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time


This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code



See Fees and Scholarships for further information.


1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 completion or equivalent.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 General English grade C or better;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test; or*
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST1111Population Health15
SCI1193Introduction to Environmental Science15
HST1152Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST2116Environmental Health Professional Practice15
HST1160Occupational and Environmental Health Regulation15
HST2184Communicable Disease Control15
HST2220Health Promotion Planning and Administration15

Students commencing this course mid-year will need to complete the course on a part-time basis, and should contact Student Hub for a personalised study schedule.


For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • On-campus students: HST2184 are only available to study online.

    Online and On-campus students: All students will be required to attend a 140 hours of practicum with Local Government Authorities, and State Government Agencies.

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

    Attendance requirements

    140 hours to be conducted in a workplace.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

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

    Professional practice rules

    HST2116 Environmental Health Professional Practice forms part of the professionally-accredited degree in Environmental Health and details, skills and competencies need to be covered.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply specialised environmental health knowledge to technical and theoretical situations.
  2. Communicate environmental health knowledge, theoretical concepts and ideas to others.
  3. Show initiative and personal responsibility to plan, coordinate and evaluate environmental health projects and perform complex technical operations with independence.
  4. Think critically to analyse and synthesise environmental health information from multiple sources to evaluate unpredictable problems.

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.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $7,950 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.


ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates will be employable in State Government, Shire and City health departments in a support role to Environmental Health Officers.

Possible future job titles

Environmental Health Assistant, Environmental Health Cadet, Environmental Health Technical Officer

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

  • Bachelor of Health Science
    Students who complete the Diploma of Environmental Health can go on to study the Bachelor of Health Science - Environmental Health major and receive 8 units of credit.

Become World Ready

Full accreditation for Environmental Health at ECU

Whether visiting illegal backyard drug labs or the local cafĂ©, the job of an Environmental Health Officer is a varied one. Environmental Health Officers help to keep people safe – this includes testing water quality, ensuring food is handled hygienically, and checking that houses used to produce illicit drugs are safe for occupation after police have finished their investigation.

The good news is there's strong demand for professionals in this discipline and our Bachelor of Health Science offers qualifications through an Environmental Health major.

It's the only undergraduate course in WA, and only one of five nationally to be fully- accredited by Environmental Health Australia (EHA).

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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