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Master of  Environmental Health Sciences

Program code: 5704

Delivery location

Gatton, Herston, Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence, St Lucia


2 Years 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 health challenges in the Master of Environmental Health Sciences.

  • This two-year interdisciplinary program is suitable for those with a degree in the same discipline or a combination of postgraduate study and professional experience. See Program details for more information on all entry requirements for this program.
  • Learn to identify, assess and communicate risk factors to a range of audiences across the private sector, government and 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. You will also undertake a research project that allows you to define a relevant topic, interpret results and report on your findings.
  • Graduate with a respected qualification that will put you ahead of your peers and open the door to more career opportunities. You will have highly-sought skills that will prepare you for management positions across a range of relevant industries.

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 flagship cross-faculty program is delivered by all six university faculties. Learn from a range of UQ experts while undertaking courses tailored to your specific needs. Our flexible delivery options allow you to 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

The Masters will prepare you for the following roles and responsibilities across a variety of employment sectors. Graduates will find 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
  • 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.

  • Research

    Undertake research

    Take the opportunity to undertake a research project addressing an environmental health issue of your choice. You'll be involved in all aspects of research, from defining a topic and methodology to interpreting results and reporting on your findings.

  • Employability

    Lead the way

    A unique program 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

    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.

  • Employability

    Build a professional reputation

    Graduate with a respected qualification that will put you ahead of your peers and open the door to more career opportunities. You will have highly-sought after skills that will prepare you for management positions across a range of industries.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years 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 9

Admissions criteria


To enrol in the program, a person must-

  • hold an approved degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline; OR
  • have both-
    • a degree (or equivalent) in a different discipline; and
    • completed 12 months full-time equivalent work experience in an environmental health-related setting, as approved by the executive dean; OR
  • hold a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences from the university (or equivalent).

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of 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 Master of 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 Master of 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 Master of 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 $22,720
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Environmental Health Sciences at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

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 Master of Environmental Health Sciences can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Environmental Health Sciences is 5704. 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 Master of 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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