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Environmental Health

If you have a passion for science, health and the environment, and like working outdoors, this course is for you.

With a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health, you’ll be equipped to join the front line of health protection. You’ll assess environmental health risks and combat a range of environmental public health challenges including food safety, pollution, climate change and the prevention of communicable diseases.

Course Options

Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health

1 year min, 4 years max

View course details Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health

Our degrees are developed in conjunction with professional accredited bodies.

Put theory into practice in a real community setting.

Benefit from close links with our health system, as well as health professionals.

Study options

Environmental Health Law

Develop knowledge and skills relating to the role of environmental health officers. Learn to enforce, evaluate and advise on legislative, legal and policy instruments designed to protect and manage environmental health across all jurisdictions.

Communicable Disease Epidemiology

Learn to use epidemiological techniques to understand infectious disease surveillance data, disease transmission, outbreak investigation and the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Food Safety Management

Food safety management, particularly for microbial hazards, is undergoing revolutionary change. Dive into the cause and nature of physical, chemical and microbial food-borne hazards, as well as technologies for detection, quantification and elimination of hazards in foods.

Course breakdown

We have broken down the skills and knowledge of an environmental health practitioner into basic ‘enquiry-based’ stepped learning. Our systems-led approach builds confidence and competence with the goal of being employment-ready, allowing you to take your place beside your peers.


Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health

100 credit points

Study the following core units:

  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Health Law
  • Environmental Health
  • Management and Protection
  • Environmental Health Risk Assessment and Management
  • Environmental Health Practice A
  • Environmental Health Practice B
  • Communicable disease epidemiology
  • Advanced Food Safety Management

Career outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma, you’ll be well placed to enter the workforce as an Environmental Health Practitioner. You’ll also have the opportunity to work across all levels of government, at festivals, in the production of goods, and throughout communities large and small to ensure that individuals and communities are kept safe. Work with environmental health laws and policies, advise on risk assessment and management, and delve into communicable disease epidemiology.

Projected number of new healthcare jobs


Five years to 2024

Full-time role share of employment market


In the healthcare industry

Percentage of unfilled vacancies in healthcare


In 2017/18 financial year, up from 34% in previous year

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.