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 titleMOccEnvHlth
CRICOS code028957E
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Postgraduate Office: Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine,The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria 3004; 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.
  • + International students - this course is only available in on-campus mode + 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, 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.


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
  • demonstrate an understanding of epidemiological and biostatistical techniques to investigate health effects from occupational and environmental hazards.


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


This course comprises ten core units and either two elective units or a minor project.


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

Year 3

Semester 1

  • MPH1041 Introductory biostatistics
  • Elective

Semester 2

Elective options

  • MPH2060 Health policy and prevention in a global world
  • Minor project (7,000-8,000 words) - prerequisites and course coordinator's approval required.

Students must discuss the availability of this option with the course coordinator at the commencement of their studies as the course structure may need rearranging.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health or Graduate Diploma in Occupational and Environmental Health providing all requirements of that award have been met.


Master of Occupational and Environmental Health