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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.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


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 certificate

Standard duration

1 year PT

Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Mode and location

Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)

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


Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health


  • This course is not available to international students.


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.


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:

  • 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 consists of four core units.


Students must complete:

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

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with 0160 Graduate Diploma in Occupational and Environmental Health and then 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.