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- Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 1 year full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Learn to identify, assess, evaluate and control environmental hazards that could impact human health.
Environmental health is a field with real employment opportunities within both government and private organisations and it’s a fantastic starting point for a career in public health. The practical skills and knowledge that this course has given me has made the transition from student life to full-time employment easy.
Gain work experience in an environmental health workplace.
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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.
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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).
The effective management of the health needs of a community requires sensitivity to public expectation and an equitable balance of science, law, environmental and social factors; and sustainability. This course will give you the professional skills to identify, assess, evaluate and control environmental hazards.
In this course you will undertake a range of coursework units covering the core aspects of environmental health, including environmental health management, law, food safety and risk assessment.
Your learning will be supported by foundation studies into public health. The course also contains a practicum unit that requires 100 hours of work experience in an environmental health workplace.
Upon completion of this course you will be eligible for appointment as an Environmental Health Officer in local government, or in various positions in state and federal government as well as in private industry.
Please note: This course is only available to Australian and New Zealand applicants.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- Our practical, hands-on courses ensure our graduates are job-ready.
- Our staff are highly knowledgeable, friendly and supportive.
This course is fully accredited by Environmental Health Australia and also the Western Australian Environmental Health Officers Professional Review Board.
In Western Australia, if you wish to be appointed to positions in local government, depending on your previous work experience, you may be required to undertake a workplace practicum.
Upon graduation you could work in government positions at local, state and federal levels. At a local level you may be employed as an Environmental Health Officer, while at state and federal levels you could work in departments across both health and environment areas. You may also find employment in private industry, which could include food and resource sectors.
What you'll learn
- apply sustainable environmental health principles and practices to enhance the health and well-being of populations
- apply logical and rational processes to critically analyse issues relevant to environmental health; think creatively to generate innovative solutions
- access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information and evidence from a range of sources applicable to practice
- communicate at an advanced level with individuals and groups and advocate for the improvement of health conditions
- effectively use new and existing technologies relevant to environmental health practice
- take responsibility for own learning and professional development in environmental health practice
- recognise and apply international perspectives to environmental health
- demonstrate understanding and respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
- work professionally and ethically across a range of settings
A bachelor degree in a related discipline including public health, human biology, food technology, environmental science, biology, chemistry and allied health.
The Environmental Health Australia Accreditation Framework stipulates that applicants are required to have at least one full-time semester in core science subjects such as chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy and physiology, life science and microbiology. Graduates without these core units, or graduates with a degree from other disciplines, may be admitted following successful completion of prescribed units.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
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- Curtin course code: GD-ENVHL
- Last updated on: December 11, 2019