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Graduate Certificate in  Environmental Health Sciences

Program code: 5706
CRICOS code: 098323D

Location

Gatton, Herston, Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence, St Lucia

Duration

Half Year full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

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

This program will prepare you for a career as an Environmental Health Scientist, a role that is different to that of the traditional Environmental Health Officer.

Environmental Health Scientists develop solutions to our most challenging environmental health problems by assessing environmental health risks, communicating these risks with the public and regulators, collecting and analysing data for research projects and developing solutions for new environmental health issues.

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.

You 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.

Summary

  • Program code
    5706
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    8
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, Herston, Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code
    098323D

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

An approved degree, or

A post-secondary qualification 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.

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Nursing
  • Paramedicine
  • Environmental technology
  • Medicine
  • Environmental Management
  • Public Health Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Science.
  • Health Sciences

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure

Courses

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $17,384
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences for one semester in 2020. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

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 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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