Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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 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

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.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • This course is only available to international students in on-campus mode. All students are required to attend a number of compulsory blocks of on-campus/on-site study days.


This course provides workplace professionals with the skills and knowledge to prevent and manage occupational risks and related health problems. This degree provides you with the skills necessary to evaluate health problems in communities thought to be associated with industrial activities, and control related hazards and risks. It is particularly suitable for medical practitioners, nurses, allied health personnel, scientists and occupational health and safety managers. The course is offered by off-campus learning however compulsory block attendance is required each semester.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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, 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.

Professional recognition

Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB)


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

Areas of study


First year

Semester one

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

Semester two

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

Second year

Semester one

  • MPH5040 Introductory epidemiology
  • MPH5242 Psychosocial work environment

Semester two

  • MPH5203 Environmental influences on health
  • MPH5276 Safety management systems

Third year

Semester one

  • MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics
  • one elective from the list below

Semester two

  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • one elective from the list below

Elective options

  • MPH5042 Climate change and public health
  • MPH5256 Injury epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH5260 Health policy and prevention in a global world
  • minor project (7000 - 8000 words)*
  • any postgraduate unit offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Suitable units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook; postgraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 4-5.

* Prerequisites must be met 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 wishing to exit this course may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 2868 Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health
  • 0160 Graduate Diploma in Occupational and Environmental Health.


Master of Occupational and Environmental Health