The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Life Sciences Major)/Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Practice requires four years of full-time study (or up to six years part-time).

The course is jointly offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Life Sciences Major), Graduate Diploma in
Environmental Health Practice a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

Students must also achieve a Grade Point Average of 5 or better in the 108 units of the Bachelor of Health Sciences in order to progress to the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Practice.

Students who have successfully completed the first three years of the program (108 units) may exit with the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.

Except with the permission of the Course Committee, a student may not proceed to higher year core topics unless they have satisfactorily completed the previous year's core topics.

Core - Year 1 topics

27 units comprising:

BIOL1101 Evolution of Biological Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life (4.5 units)
HLTH1003 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care (4.5 units)
HLTH1304 Communication and Interprofessional Practice (4.5 units)
HLTH1305 Health Practitioner Practice 1 (4.5 units)
HLTH1306 Health Practitioner Practice 2 (4.5 units)

Plus one of:

CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units)
CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units)


CHEM1202 Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4.5 units) 

Core - Year 2 topics (Environmental and Public Health Specialisation)

31.5 units comprising:

HLTH2101 Epidemiology for the Social Determinants of Health (4.5 units)
HLTH2105 Health: A Psychological Perspective (4.5 units)
HLTH1101 Health Promotion for Health Professionals (4.5 units)
PHCA1507 Introduction to Public Health (4.5 units)
PHCA2510 Introduction to Food Democracy (4.5 Units)
ENVS2712 Environmental Change and Human Health (4.5 units)
GEOG2700 Geographical Information systems CIS (4.5)

Plus one of:

HLTH2102 Indigenous Health for Health Professionals (4.5 units) S2 or
CIK230 Indigenous Engagements: Land and Water (4.5 units) on-line or
CIK240 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment (4.5 units) on-line

Core  - Year 3 topics

13.5 units comprising:

HLTH3102 Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research (4.5 units)
HLTH3105 Quantitative Methods for Social Health Research (4.5 units)
HLTH3106 Health Work Internship (4.5 units)

Specialisation - Year 3 topics. Any five of the following topics (Environmental and Public Health Specialisation)

PHCA3511 Epidemiology for Practice (4.5 units)
PHCA3514 Leadership in Public Health (4.5 units)
PHCA3506 Evaluation in Primary Health Care (4.5 units)
ENVS3741 Public Health and Environmental Toxicology (4.5 units)
INTR2012 Food, Frontiers and International Relations (4.5 units)
PHIL2604 Environmental Philosophy (4.5 units)

Core  - Year 4 topics

31.5 units comprising

ENVH7711  Environmental Health Concepts  (4.5 units)
ENVH9712  Environmental Health Policy, Management and Administration  (4.5 units)
ENVH9721  Human Systems in Environmental Health  (4.5 units)
ENVH7722  Food Safety  (4.5 units)
ENVH7731  Sustainable Development - Health Issues  (4.5 units)
ENVH9732  Legislation Relevant to Environmental Health  (4.5 units)
ENVH7742  Microbiology and Communicable Diseases  (4.5 units)

Plus one of:*

MMED8904 Health Sciences Research Methods
PHCA9507 Health Promotion in Public Health
REMH8001 Context of Remote & Indigenous Health Practice

*Or any other semester 1 topic at 7000 or above as approved by the course coordinator.