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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Professor Malcolm Sim

Contact details

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email or visit

Admission and fees

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Course type

Graduate diploma

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

This course must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Mode and location

On-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)

Students are required to attend a number of compulsory blocks of on-campus/on-site study days.


Graduate Diploma in Occupational and Environmental Health


This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, gives health professionals the attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary to responsibly provide preventive health services to both reduce the health impacts of disease and injury, and assist to systematically address hazards arising from workplaces and within communities. The course caters for the special needs of medical practitioners, nurses, allied health personnel, scientists or OHS managers wishing to develop adaptable and responsible skills as OHS and environmental health practitioners. 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 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 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 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.

Professional recognition

Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB)


This course consists of eight core units


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

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with 2312 Master of Occupational and Environmental Health or can lead to 0046 Master of Public Health provided that a suitable level of achievement has been obtained.

Alternative exit(s)

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