Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradDipOccEnvH
CRICOS code037854D
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Postgraduate office: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email; visit

Course coordinator

Professor Malcolm Sim


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-campus/on-site study blocks each semester.


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.


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
  • provide occupational health services, including preventative programs and environmental advice to industry.


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


This course comprises eight core units


Year 1

Semester 1

  • MPH2041 Introduction to occupational health and safety
  • MPH2043 Chemical and biological hazards

Semester 2

  • MPH2022 Assessment and control of workplace hazards
  • MPH2044 Ergonomic and physical hazards

Year 2

Semester 1

  • MPH2042 Psychosocial work environment
  • MPH1040 Introductory epidemiology

Semester 2

  • MPH1003 Environmental influences on health
  • MPH2076 Safety management systems

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with course 2312 Master of Occupational and Environmental Health or can lead to the 0046 Master of Public Health.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health providing all requirements of that award have been met.


Graduate Diploma in Occupational and Environmental Health