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Graduate Diploma in  Environmental Health Sciences

Program code: 5705

Delivery location

Gatton, Herston, Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence, St Lucia


1 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 Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences.

  • This one-year interdisciplinary program is suitable for those with an approved degree, or those with a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences. Deepen your knowledge of environmental health risks 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 advanced-level courses that cover key areas of environmental health risk assessment and communication. A range of elective courses are also available, which provide the opportunity to develop your own specialist knowledge.
  • Graduate with a respected qualification, or use your graduate diploma to further your postgraduate studies. Because these courses are taken from the Master of Environmental Health Sciences, you may be eligible to receive credit for your studies.

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.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    This program is taught through the School of Public Health, which is ranked number one in 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

    Customise your course

    This is a flagship cross-faculty program with courses delivered by all six university faculties. You’ll learn from a broad range of UQ experts while undertaking a course tailored to your specific needs.

  • Why study

    Find out where studying Environmental Health Sciences can lead you

Career outcomes

The graduate diploma includes courses to develop your knowledge and skills across many employment sectors. Graduates will find employment working 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
  • environmentalprotection
  • health, safety & environment
  • human health risk
  • infrastructure & environment
  • planning & environment
  • program management
  • renewable energy
  • resource management
  • water & environment.

Employment responsibilities will include:

  • providing information and advice, based on well-developed specialist regulatory science knowledge
  • communicating to a range of audiences including political and professional realms, as well as the general public
  • formulating, or contributing to the development of policy, regulations and guidelines, through the synthesis of scientific evidence
  • collaborating across sectors and managing effective relationships
  • gathering and disseminating information, anticipating barriers, and helping to negotiate legislative and other processes
  • identifying, assessing, managing and communicating, about environmental health risks
  • influencing, advocating for and managing, effective responses to environmental health risks.

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

  • Employability

    Lead the way

    This unique program is designed to develop and prepare future leaders – regardless of profession or discipline – to effectively manage complex environmental health challenges.

  • Why study

    One of a kind

    This is 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
    1 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 hold a Graduate Certificate of Environmental Health Sciences from the university (or equivalent).

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma 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 Diploma 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

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 Diploma 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 $24,720
Indicative fee 2019

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

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. 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 Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences is 5705. 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 Diploma 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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