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Graduate Diploma in Occupational and Environmental Health

Course code: 0160 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipOccEnvH ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 2 semesters full-time, 4 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus - for international students (Alfred Hospital, Melbourne)

Off-campus - for domestic students (Alfred Hospital, Melbourne)

Course description

This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, gives health professionals the attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary to provide preventive health services to reduce the health impact of disease and injury resulting from workplace and community factors. The course caters for the special needs of medical practitioners, nurses, allied health personnel, scientists and occupational health and safety managers. The course articulates with the Master of Occupational and Environmental Health or can lead to the Master of Public Health. Students are required to complete compulsory block requirements each semester.

Course objectives

On successful completion of the course, graduates should be able to: demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical framework which governs occupational health and safety practice and the obligations of industry in regard to the environment; access, critically appraise and integrate hazard information from published studies and other relevant sources in the occupational and environmental health literature; recognise and evaluate the level of exposure and assess the degree of risk to health from workplace and environmental hazards and provide advice on appropriate control measures in the workplace and the community; demonstrate an understanding of the factors underlying risk perception and be able to effectively and sensitively communicate, in both written reports and oral presentations, these risks to exposed people in the workplace and the community; and provide occupational health services, including preventative programs and environmental advice to industry.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students are required to complete eight core units:

  • MPH2022 Assessment and control of workplace hazards
  • MPH2041 Introduction to occupational health and safety
  • MPH2042 Psychosocial work environment
  • MPH2043 Chemical and biological hazards
  • MPH2044 Ergonomic and physical hazards
  • MPH2045 Environmental health risk assessment and management
  • MPH2076 Safety management systems
  • MPH2084 Critical appraisal of occupational health and safety information


Assessment includes web-based tasks, written assignments, examinations, practical exercises and student presentations.

Contact details

Postgraduate office: Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Central and Eastern Clinical School, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria 3004: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email; visit

Course coordinator

Professor Malcolm Sim