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Master of Occupational and Environmental Health

Course code: 2312 ~ Course abbreviation: MOccEnvHlth ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 3 semesters full-time, 6 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, assists occupational health professionals to prevent and manage occupational health problems. It provides the skills necessary to evaluate health problems in communities thought to be associated with industrial activities. It caters for the special needs of medical practitioners, nurses, allied health personnel, scientists and occupational health and safety managers.

Course objectives

On completion of the course students 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, evaluate the level of exposure and assess the degree of risk to health from chemical, physical and biological 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 and oral forms, these risks to exposed people in the workplace and the community; provide occupational health services, including preventative and rehabilitation programs and environmental advice to industry; and demonstrate an understanding of epidemiological and biostatistical techniques to investigate health effects from occupational and environmental hazards.

Course structure

The course can be taken full-time over eighteen months (three semesters) or part-time over three years. The majority of the program course is offered by off-campus learning, with compulsory block requirements each semester. The course consists of ten core units with either two elective units or minor project.

Course requirements

Core units

  • MPH1041 Introductory biostatistics
  • MPH2013 Research methods
  • 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

Elective units

For those students choosing to undertake the two electives instead of a minor project, they will be able to choose these from the wide range of other Masters level units offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. The choice of electives will need the approval of the course coordinator.


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

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