Environmental Health Sciences programs at UQ

Coupled with population growth, globalisation, and climate change, the potential for emerging or re-emerging environmental health risks and threats to human health puts governments, industry and communities under pressure to adapt and apply sustainable solutions. UQ’s suite of programs in Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) will teach courses relevant to environmental health practice.

The programs are a collaboration between UQ’s School of Public Health and the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences, an internationally renowned research centre incorporating the former National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox). These programs aim to equip public health professionals with knowledge and skills to address complex environmental health challenges. Such challenges require graduates to be skilled in developing anticipatory and integrated responses, which in turn rely on an understanding of the interrelationship among risk factors related to a broad range of hazards and contexts, skills in coordination across sectors and jurisdictions, as well as risk communication with communities, the private sector and government agencies.

Develop your knowledge and skills in:

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

You'll complete:

  • core courses in environmental health risk assessment and risk communication;
  • electives that can be selected from across UQ allowing you to choose a unique program of study to develop your own specialist knowledge; and
  • Students will benefit from a program that is evidence-based and comprehensive, and reflects UQ's strong links with organisations such as enHealth, Australian Aid, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and Australian and international ministries of health.

Our programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences (GCEHS) – 8 units
  • Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences (GDEHS) – 16 units
  • Master of Environmental Health Sciences (MEHS) – 32 units

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