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Graduate Certificate in  Environmental Health Sciences

Program code: 5706

Delivery location

Gatton, Herston, Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence, St Lucia


Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Examine environmental health risks facing the modern world, and develop the ability to manage these complex public health challenges in the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences.

  • This six-month interdisciplinary program is an entry point for those looking to develop a foundation of knowledge in environmental health risks, how they affect public health and how to create viable solutions.
  • Learn to identify, assess and communicate risk factors to a range of audiences across the private sector, government and the general public. You will gain the skills to influence, advocate for and manage effective public health responses.
  • Complete four courses that cover key areas of environmental health risk assessment and communication. You will also have the option to choose from a range of electives, which allows you to develop your own specialist knowledge.
  • Graduate with a respected qualification, or use your graduate certificate to further your postgraduate studies. You may be eligible to receive credit toward a Graduate Diploma or Master of Environmental Health Sciences.

Gain the knowledge and skills to develop a career in identifying and resolving environmental health risks and promoting greater public health through sustainable environments.

  • Research

    Global network of research leaders

    Our evidence-based program draws on UQ's strong connections with organisations such as enHealth, Australian Aid, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the Australian and international ministries of health.

  • Employability

    Valuable professional skills

    There is a shortage of skilled professionals that can respond to the challenges of physical, chemical and biological hazards threatening human health. Learn to address these challenges as well as the capacity to communicate and forge relationships across industries.

  • Why study

    Customise your course

    This flagship cross-faculty program is delivered by all six university faculties. Learn from a broad range of UQ experts while undertaking courses tailored to your specific needs. Our flexible delivery options let you choose what suits you best, including full-time, part-time or online.

  • Why study

    Find out where studying Environmental Health Sciences can lead you

Career outcomes

Graduates of this program will be skilled in developing anticipatory and integrated responses. You will be able to rely on an understanding of the interrelationship among risk factors related to a broad range of hazards and contexts. Graduates will be prepared for employment across a range of areas in government, not-for-profit and private sector industries. This includes:

  • food safety
  • environmental investigation
  • public health monitoring
  • infectious disease control
  • policy development
  • health promotion
  • environmental legislation
  • biodiversity
  • climate change & agriculture
  • climate change & sustainability
  • community & health
  • energy, waste & water
  • environment, safety & security
  • environmental affairs
  • environmental health & safety & sustainability
  • environmental health & water quality
  • environmental protection
  • health, safety & environment
  • human health risk
  • infrastructure & environment
  • ocean policy
  • planning & environment
  • renewable energy
  • resource management
  • water & environment.

You may also choose to continue your postgraduate studies in our Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences or Master of Environmental Health Sciences

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    This program is taught through the School of Public Health, which is ranked number one in the Asia Pacific for Public Health. UQ was also ranked 30th in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Why study

    One of a kind

    The only postgraduate program offering a truly inter-disciplinary approach that integrates understanding of 'health and environment' complexities and their solutions in a single comprehensive program.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, Herston, Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


To enrol in the program, a person must - hold an approved degree; OR have both - completed post-secondary study; and a minimum of two years full time (or equivalent) experience working in an environmental health or related public health setting, as approved by the executive dean.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $12,500
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences is 5706. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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