Courses & Units

Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) M3R

Launceston

Introduction

The Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) is a professionally accredited 3.5 year program that is designed to produce graduands who will work as Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) in State and Local Government. EHOs are responsible for implementing public health legislation, monitoring and maintaining many environmental health standards and dealing with a broad range of issues including food safety, air and water quality, water and solid waste management, health promotion, epidemiology, communicable diseases prevention and control, noise pollution and the use of hazardous substances. Graduands will also be involved in environmental health risk assessment and risk management, local government health planning and advising state and local governments on legislative policy. Years 1 and 2 of the degree are taught at the School of  Health Sciences at the Launceston campus of the University of Tasmania. Year 3 and 4 units are taught largely by distance, requiring minimal days on campus in year 3 and 4, with some units taught using full day face to face sessions. Some students obtain paid part time cadetships during years 3 and 4.

A police check and agreement for drug testing may be required at some local government agencies prior to undertaking placements. Hepatitis B vaccination may also be required depending on where a placement is undertaken.

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health)
Course Abbreviation BHlthSc(EnvHlth)
Course Duration 3.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 8 Years
CRICOS code 068452K
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health

Intake

Locations

Location Semesters
Launceston Semester 1

Objectives

The Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) prepares students to work as Environmental Health Officers in State and Local Government and industry.

Career Outcomes

Graduates will be eligible for membership to the Environmental Health Australia and be recognised as Environmental Health Officers, employable by all levels of Government and in the defence forces. In addition many graduands will find their way into associated work areas in private industry where the skills of the EHO have proven valuable. Others become consultants across a wide range of related areas.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) will be accredited by the Environmental Health Australia and graduands will be eligible for membership. In Tasmania the qualification will be recognised by the Director of Public Health as sufficient to become an "Authorised Officer" under the Public Health Act 1997 and Food Act 2003. As the course is being accredited by the EHA, other states will similarly recognise the qualification for statutory purposes.

Additional Information

This course includes professional experience placement units that require students to attend relevant professional workplaces. Any costs incurred by the student whilst undertaking professional experience placement are expected to be covered by the student.

Some units and practicum requirements will be outside normal university semesters. A quota may apply due to the practicum component.

A police check and agreement for drug testing may be required at some local government agencies prior to undertaking placements. Hepatitis B vaccination may also be required depending on where a placement is undertaken.

Prerequisites

Minimum University requirements, including Physical Sciences TQA3 SC315109 or equivalent. An additional pre-tertiary science subject or mathematics is preferred. AnATAR score of 70 is normally required.

It is anticipated that, in some cases, students with a higher ATAR score but without both of the subject prerequisites listed above may be considered on a case by case basis.Entry into and advanced standing in the program is available to students who have successfully completed other tertiary and TAFE qualifications

In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Health Sciences policies relevant to workplace based learning. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct, Safety in Practice Policy and Student Placement Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this course. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students in the Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) will be able to transfer to Bachelor of Health Science at the end of Year 1.

Some high achieving Year 1 Bachelor of Health Science students may be able to transfer into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Environmental Health.

To qualify for the Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) students must successfully complete 350% load, as specified in the course schedule and specifications.

Course Structure

Year 1

  • CXA171Cell Biology and Function

    Introduces students to the fundamental unit of life, the cell. Concepts in basic biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics are covered in this unit, and form a fundamental core of knowledge to which students will refer throughout their…

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  • KRA101Chemistry 1A

    Together with Chemistry 1B, this is a core unit for the Chemistry major, and for Environmental Science, Science, Medical Laboratory Science and Aquaculture students, providing them with the fundamental knowledge and concepts in inorganic and physical chemistry. Inorganic Chemistry (Chemical…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • KRA161Chemistry for Life Sciences

    This unit explores the chemistry of skeletal muscles - bonding and interactions that allow muscles to work, and nutrient cycles - carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus - reactions and their conditions. Through these themes, this unit covers introductory chemistry for students…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA115Physics for Health Sciences

    This unit provides an understanding of the basic principles of physics to biology and the life sciences. It also provides health professionals with knowledge of the scientific basis of modern diagnostic techniques such as diagnostic x-rays, MRI and ultrasound, EEG…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA103Health: Determinants and Analysis

    This unit introduces the determinants of health and wellbeing including lifestyle factors. Students are introduced to the types of measures that are used in reporting health information and the ways in which this information is presented and utilised. Students will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA100Food Studies

    This is a general nutrition unit which provides an overview of food and nutrition. It considers the influence of culture and ethnicity on food choice and explores the issues of food use from demographic, epidemiological and anthropological sources. It focuses…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA125Introductory Biochemistry

    Provides a basic introduction to biochemistry for students in health, exercise & marine sciences, complementing studies in cell biology and chemistry for life sciences. The unit also provides an introduction to metabolic biochemistry and molecular biology. It considers the basic…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA176Microbiology and Health

    This unit gives students a basic understanding of microbiology in relation to disease processes, transmission and treatment. It covers the structure and function of microbes, their role in the infectious disease process within the human body, how microbes can be…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA172Anatomy and Physiology 1

    Introduces a systematic study of the structure and functioning of the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic and defence systems.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA102Introduction to Health Sciences

    This is an introductory unit for students entering the health sciences area or allied health training. The aims are to develop students understanding of health by examining drivers of and priority areas for health, health literacy, and health education. Students…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • Year 2

  • CXA273Anatomy and Physiology 2

    Continues the study of the structure and functioning of the various systems of the human body begun in CXA172, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, urinary system and fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance, reproductive and digestive systems.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA115Physics for Health Sciences

    This unit provides an understanding of the basic principles of physics to biology and the life sciences. It also provides health professionals with knowledge of the scientific basis of modern diagnostic techniques such as diagnostic x-rays, MRI and ultrasound, EEG…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA103Health: Determinants and Analysis

    This unit introduces the determinants of health and wellbeing including lifestyle factors. Students are introduced to the types of measures that are used in reporting health information and the ways in which this information is presented and utilised. Students will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA213Health Promotion: Food and Lifestyle

    This unit provides an overview of the origins and principles of health promotion and its rationale. It considers the strategies, methods and theories of health promotion, using food, nutrition, exercise and environment as examples. Students will encounter what drives policy…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA216Environmental Hazards

    This unit develops the students understanding of basic physical principles specifically relating to environmental health, environment protection and toxicology. It also develops a knowledge of the chemical aspects of environmental hazards, including air pollution and pesticides. Risk assessments and an…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA303Public, Community and Environmental Health

    This unit develops the student's understanding of the role and importance of public health, the influence of community functions and the interaction with environmental health. It also develops the student's skills in interviewing, advocacy, health promotion, conflict resolution and report…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • Management unit
  • CXA214Food Sciences and Practices

    This unit introduces public health nutrition and develops the understanding of the principles of food science and technology introduced in other units, to consider the real-life application of those principles. This unit also introduces the relevant food safety legislation and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • Elective
  • Year 3

  • CXA305Environmental Health Regulations

    This unit provides students with an understanding of the laws and regulations relevant to Environmental Health, including aspects of immunities, duty of care, and State and Federal powers. The unit also deals specifically with legislation relating to Administrative law, responsibility,…

    Credit Points: 25

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  • CXA212Pathology of Common Diseases

    This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. A group project and presentation allows in-depth study of one disease process, its causes…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • KLA394Advanced Food Safety Management

    Food safety management, particularly for microbial hazards, is undergoing revolutionary change internationally. Essentially, a more wholistic approach is being advocated that relies on analysis and synthesis of knowledge and data from several scientific disciplines. The approach is termed 'risk assessment'.This…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA306Waste, Land Use Planning & Environmental Management

    This unit develops the student's understandings of land use planning, environmental management and protection, waste management, soil science and site assessments. The unit also considers various forms of Environmental Reports and Environmental Management Systems, including relevant State and Federal legislation.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA413Water Supply, Treatment and Waste

    This unit develops the students understanding of management issues relating to water supply treatment and wastewater. It includes water treatment systems, sampling procedures and water criteria, testing guidelines and standards. Waste water management, including system design, sewage treatment options and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • Elective Unit
  • CXA386Research and Topics in Health Sciences

    Introduces students to the types of research which informs our understanding of normal and abnormal functions of the human body and of treatment and preventative health care. The unit also covers basic pharmacological and toxicological principles, the use and monitoring…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • KGA213Natural Environment Field Techniques

    Effective management of the natural environment is one of the most important challenges of our time. This field-based unit develops the abilities to describe and assess the conservation status of natural terrestrial ecosystems. Through field data collection, lectures, and a…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • Year 4

  • CXA306Waste, Land Use Planning & Environmental Management

    This unit develops the student's understandings of land use planning, environmental management and protection, waste management, soil science and site assessments. The unit also considers various forms of Environmental Reports and Environmental Management Systems, including relevant State and Federal legislation.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA413Water Supply, Treatment and Waste

    This unit develops the students understanding of management issues relating to water supply treatment and wastewater. It includes water treatment systems, sampling procedures and water criteria, testing guidelines and standards. Waste water management, including system design, sewage treatment options and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA408Environmental Health Practicum 1

    Students will undertake practical work in an appropriate environmental health workplace, under the auspices of DHHS or a Local Government body. Students will complete 20 days placement in this unit (a total of 40 days when combined with the requirements…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA409Environmental Health Practicum 2

    Students will undertake practical work in an appropriate environmental health workplace, under the auspices of DHHS or a Local Government body. Students will complete 20 days placement in this unit (a total of 40 days when combined with the requirements…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • CXA411Environmental Health Professional Project

    Students will complete a professional report based on their practicum in the Environmental Health sector. The Environmental Health Professional Project is to be completed while on practicum and should deal with a real issue for EHOs, the organisation or the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • Annual Course Cost

    Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

    Course Rules


    Entry

    1. Candidates for the Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) shall be qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission and have Physical Sciences 5C, plus Mathematics (Mathematics Methods 5C, Mathematics Specialised 5C or Mathematics Applied 5C) or Chemistry 5C or Physics 5C or equivalent or appropriate University Bridging courses.

    2. Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three and a half separate years of fulltime study (or its equivalent) and not more than seven years from the time of first enrolment.

    Course Structure

    3. To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall: pass a compulsory core of twenty six units and one elective unit (equivalent to twenty eight 12.5% units) and undertake such practical exercises/experience as may be required to satisfy the degree requirements.

    4. The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with the Schedules for the Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) accompanying these specifications.

    5. Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Health Science and as summarised in Schedule for the Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health).

    6. A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting (8 units), or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given Semester, more than 50% (4 units) weighting. May 2007

    7. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

    8. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

    Credit for Previous Studies

    9. Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.

    Miscellaneous

    10. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

    11. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2008 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

    12. Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements (such as required majors) and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the Faculty shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.

    13. The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Environmental Health shall be BHlthSc (EnvHlth).