This course prepares you for a diverse career in the expanding area of occupational health and safety. You will learn how to create, maintain and manage a safe and healthy workplace, and develop professional skills in critical thinking, information literacy and technology.
Your first year is interprofessional and taken with other health sciences students.
In your second and third years, you’ll learn how to identify and manage risks and hazards, participate effectively in decision-making processes, and improve health and safety to prevent injuries and illness in the workplace.
You will complete a 100-hour placement in your second year and a 150-hour placement in your third year to develop important practical skills and to experience real work environments.
Double degree options
You can study Health and Safety as part of a double degree with a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion).
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
What jobs can the Health, Safety and Environment lead to?
- Health and Safety Advisor
- Health and Safety Specialist
- Health and Safety Coordinator
- Health, Safety and Environment Officer
- Health and Safety Manager
- Health and Safety Superintendent
- Oil and gas production
- Construction and infrastructure
What you'll learn
- apply and integrate knowledge and practice of environmental and occupational health to enhance the safety and well-being of populations
- apply logical and rational processes to critically analyse issues relevant to Environmental and Occupational Health and think creatively in the generation of solutions to problems
- access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information and evidence from the range of resources applicable to practice
- communicate effectively with a range of people including community groups, workers, employers, statutory authorities and their representatives and other professionals
- use scientific methods and technologies with an understanding of their advantages and limitations
- demonstrate ability for self-directed and lifelong learning through self-accepted responsibility
- recognise and apply international standards and perspectives within environmental and occupational settings
- demonstrate an appreciation of cultural diversity including the impact of cultural and social factors
- demonstrate professionalism and capacity for leadership and be able to work independently, collaboratively and ethically