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 titleGradCertOccHlth
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)1 year PT
Study mode and locationOff-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 or 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.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
  • Part-time study only.
  • 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, provides a program for professionals in the workplace who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in preventive occupational health practice. It provides the basic knowledge in legal occupational health and safety requirements and competence in assessing and controlling workplace hazards.


On completion of this course graduates should be able to:

  • identify the legal requirements of occupational health practice
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of recognition, assessment and control of workplace hazards
  • demonstrate use of monitoring equipment, and interpret results of such testing used to measure the level of hazards in the workplace
  • assess the risks to health of common chemical, physical, biological and psychosocial hazards in the workplace
  • advise on specific measures and management programs to control these hazards in the workplace.


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


This course comprises four core units.


Students complete:

Year 1

Semester 1

MPH2041 Introduction to occupational health & safety

MPH2043 Chemical & biological hazards

Semester 2

MPH2022 Assessment & control of workplace hazards

MPH2044 Ergonomic & physical hazards

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Occupational and Environmental Health 0160 and then the Master of Occupational and Environmental Health 2312 or can lead to the Master of Public Health 0046.


Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health