Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health (M6Q)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Year, up to a maximum of 4 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Be the frontline of health protection in your community, become an Environmental Health Officer.

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health provides you with a pathway into professional practice, and will equip you to work at the front line of health protection, assessing environmental health risks and combat a range of environmental public health challenges including food safety, pollution, climate change and the prevention of communicable diseases.

Whilst primarily based in Hobart, the course has a whole of Tasmania focus,  Developed in partnership with industry and the profession, this course provides a pathway to further study into the Master of Public Health. This ensures that graduates are practice-ready and have strong links with practitioners, employers and systems that address environmental health and able to progress to relevant further study in public health.

If you have a passion for science, health and environment and like working outdoors and with people, this course is for you. It is a pathway to a career not just a job.

  • 1 Apply underpinning knowledge and skills to contemporary environmental health practice including the assessment and management of the impact of the built and natural environment on public health
  • 2 Source, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesize complex information relevant to environmental health from a range of sources
  • 3 Communicate complex knowledge and ideas relevant to environmental health practice in oral and written forms
  • 4 Apply risk management frameworks to the assessment, management and prevention of contemporary environmental health challenges
  • 5 Design, plan, implement and evaluate environmental health interventions
  • 6 Conduct environmental health practice in a legal, ethical, sustainable and culturally safe manner
  • Taught by experienced Environmental Health Officers, your studies include real world assessments that reflect the work of Environmental Health Professionals. This course includes a 2 day intensive workshop, field trips and work placements across Tasmania, giving you over 100 hours of industry experience.

    Receive on the job mentoring and make vital connections for future employment opportunities.

    Course structure

    This unit develops knowledge and skills relating to the role of Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) in developing, enforcing, evaluating and advising on legislative, legal and policy instruments designed to protect and manage environmental health across all jurisdictions. A thorough understanding…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit develops knowledge and skills relating to sustainability; land use planning including health impact assessment (HIA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA); air, water and environmental noise pollution; contaminated land; waste management; and environmental management systems (EMS). Contemporary environmental protection…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit develops knowledge and skills relating to toxicology, environmental health risk assessment, including core principles, frameworks and procedures for environmental health risk assessment and critical evaluation of evidence underpinning environmental health risk assessment. It also introduces risk management and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit develops professional competencies to assess environmental health risks, select and implement management tools, processes and strategies to effectively control health, safety and environmental hazards, and communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders. Topics covered in this unit include…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit develops professional competencies to assess environmental risks, select and implement management tools,processes and strategies to effectively control health, safety and environmental hazards, and communicate effectivelywith a variety of stakeholders. Topics covered in this unit include research methods, projectmanagement,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit will provide a broad understanding of current environmental health concepts. Students undertaking this course will gain insight into how our health is influenced by our environments and ecology, and the likely impacts of climate change and benefits of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Communicable Disease Epidemiology will explore communicable diseases of humans from an epidemiological perspective. It will provide an introductory overview of the basic biological knowledge needed to understand the interactions within and between populations of microbes, human and other animals. Students…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Traditional approaches to food safety assurance are failing to keep up with the modern food industry. In response, and to harmonise international trade in food, food safety management is moving to a "risk-based approach that relies strongly on synthesis of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    To be eligible for an offer, an applicant will have:

    • A completed recognised bachelor degree (AQF7) (or higher award) in a health or science discipline; and
    • In addition, all applicants will have completed a minimum of 50 credit points (equivalent of one semester full-time study) of recognised basic science units that
      • Were studied at Bachelor level or higher (AQF7 of higher), and
      • Include a minimum of 12.5 credit points (one unit or equivalent) of chemistry; and
      • Include a further 37.5 credit points (three units or equivalent) in science areas (e.g. microbiology, physics, anatomy and physiology, life science).
      • These units do not have to be part of the completed Bachelor degree.

    SAFETY IN PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

    This course includes compulsory work placements. All students must meet the course’s Safety in Practice Requirements before their first placement. The safety in practice requirements are completed separately to the course admission application.

    This course is not available to international students. Please enquire online for advice on alternative course options.

    Applications for credit can be made in your course application. Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

    Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health may receive credit for up to 100 credit points into the Master of Public Health.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

    Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

    You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

    The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    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.

    How can we help?

    Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

    Domestic
    1300 363 864
    International
    +61 3 6226 6200
    Email
    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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