Master of  Environmental Health Sciences

Program code: 5704
CRICOS code: 098321F


Gatton, Herston, Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence, St Lucia


2 Years full-time


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 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 33rd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2019 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 what Environmental Health Sciences is and where it 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.

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
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, Herston, Pharmacy Aust Cntr Excellence, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


An approved degree; or

A degree (or equivalent) in a different discipline and a minimum of 12 months full-time (or equivalent) work experience in an environmental health-related setting, as approved by the Executive Dean; or

A Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences from this university (or equivalent).

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 Master of 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


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, 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 $34,768
Indicative fee 2020

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

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


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

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All international student applications for the Master of 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 Master of Environmental Health Sciences is 5704. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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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 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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