Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: 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.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory blocks of on-campus/on-site study days.


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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will 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 consists of eight core units


Year 1

Semester 1

  • MPH5241 Introduction to occupational health and safety
  • MPH5243 Chemical and biological hazards

Semester 2

  • MPH5222 Assessment and control of workplace hazards
  • MPH5244 Ergonomic and physical hazards

Year 2

Semester 1

  • MPH5040 Introductory epidemiology
  • MPH5242 Psychosocial work environment

Semester 2

  • MPH5203 Environmental influences on health
  • MPH5276 Safety management systems

Progression to further studies

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

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with 2868 Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Graduate Diploma in Occupational and Environmental Health