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CG57 - Bachelor of Environmental Health

About Environmental Health

Environmental Health is the study of recognising, evaluating and controlling environmental factors affecting public health. Examples of topics in this complex field include:

  • environmental effects on human health;
  • food safety;
  • potable and recreational water quality;
  • communicable disease management;
  • disaster management;
  • indoor air quality;
  • vector-borne disease control; and
  • waste management.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Professionals working in this field have traditionally gone by many titles, including health inspector, health surveyor and environmental health officer (EHO). The profession is a longstanding one, with most workers being employed by local and state governments. Environmental Health Officers develop, regulate, enforce and monitor laws and regulations governing public health, building and environmental management, in order to promote good health, hygiene and environmental practices. There is currently a significant shortage of qualified environmental health professionals in Australia, particularly within local government, and so employment prospects are excellent. Many students find employment before the completion of their studies. Environmental health professionals are also employed in private industry, the military, academia, research & development and as consultants.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time  
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG(Internal First Year only); ROK(Internal First year only); External
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

Domestic students - QTAC

QTAC codes: 858602 Rockhampton; 858605 External; 818602 Bundaberg

Entry Requirements

Domestic students - Prerequisites: nil; Recommended study - English and either Biology, Chemistry or Physics at Senior level

Professional Accreditation

Environmental Health Australia  (Provisional Accreditation)

Residential School

see residential school information below:


Practicum/Work placement

240 hours of workplace placement

Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BEH 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

The purpose of this program is to produce graduates who are competent environmental health professionals ready to be employed as workplace leaders in decision making and management. Graduates will be able to facilitate, educate, problem solve, and promote environmental health in relation to individuals, families, the community and environment.

Throughout this program students participate in field visits with practical opportunities to apply their learning to given situations. In their final year, students complete a 240 hour practicum in the workplace in conjunction with an experienced environmental health practitioner. This presents students with valuable learning and application opportunities before the completion of their studies. During this time, students continue to work through course material externally and assessment is linked to the placement.

Program Structure

Students must complete 24 courses/144 units of credit, which include:

  • 20 core courses; and
  • a second plan consisting of 4 courses (see courses tab for co-plan list).

Those who complete an appropriate co-plan will have specialist knowledge in one of the following areas:

  • Building Surveying;
  • Engineering Technology Management;
  • Environmental Studies:
  • Health Promotion;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies;
  • Management;
  • Occupational Health and Safety; or
  • Professional Communication (Public Relations).

Courses Offered

Transitional information for continuing CG57 students
IMPORTANT - If you are a continuing CG57 student, please click here for transitional arrangements.
Program Structure

Students must complete 24 courses/144 units of credit, which include:

  • 20 core courses; and
  • a second plan consisting of 4 courses (see co-plans listed below).
Year 1
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
ENVH11001 Health and the Environment
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science *
OCHS11025 Introductory Health and Safety Risk Management
SCIE11022 Introductory Science *
Term 2
BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology *
ESSC11002 Measurement and Evaluation in Health Science
PSYC11009 Social Foundations of Psychology
Term 3
SCIE11018 Introduction to Forensic Science
Year 2
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
ENVH12002 Environmental Health Law
ENVR11011 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
MBIO19012 Microbiology *
Term 2
ENVH12001 Food Safety *
ENVR11012 Applications of Environmental Science *
MBIO19013 Applications of Microbiology
Year 3
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
EVST19023 Water Resource Management *
HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology
HMSC12026 Teaching, Learning and Health Promotion
OCHS13016 Occupational Health, Hygiene and Toxicology
Term 2
ENVH13001 Environmental Health Practicum
ENVH13002 Environmental Health Risk Management

Note: (*) indicates a compulsory residential school in Rockhampton for Distance Education students.

HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology may also be offered in Term 3.  Please check the Handbook Entry.

Second Plan/Co-Plans

These co-plans have been selected to provide students with guidance in selecting a group of subjects that may assist in their career progression.  These co-plans are approved, but they are optional.  If a suitable combination of subjects is not available, please contact your Program Advisor via eForm to discuss customising a suite of courses to suit your needs or call the Student Contact Centre on 13 27 86 to get your Program Advisor to contact you.

A combination of courses other than these approved co-plans specified below will not show as a specialisation on your degree.

Occupational Health and Safety

Co-plan description: Recommended for those students looking for a career within occupational health and safety, a career with very high wages and in very high demand.  Opportunities exist for graduates in management/consultancy and practice of workplace health and safety including ergonomics, industrial safety officer, occupational hygienist and risk management.  Students who complete this co-plan will be eligible to graduate with a certificate in OHS.  Graduates may also qualify for the Workplace Health and Safety Officer Certificate awarded by the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations and the Workplace Rehabilitation Coordinator Certificate accredited by Q-Comp.

Course Code Course Name
Students must complete the following:
OCHS12001 Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
OCHS12005 Risk Management and Safety Technology CQ26
OCHS12015 Law and Management of Occupational Health and Safety CQ26
and choose one of the following:
OCHS13011 Occupational Rehabilitation and Compensation
OCHS13008 Human Factors CQ26
Environmental Studies

Co-plan description: Provides students with theoretical and practical skills for employment in fields related to ecologically sustainable development.  The co-plan develops practical skills to solve environmental problems and provides an appreciation of the roles of environmental planning, environmental law and advocacy and lays the foundations for students to effectively communicate with environmental stakeholders.  An increasing number of positions are becoming available in the areas of Safety, Health and the Environment with large industries including mining.

Course Code Course Name
Advanced - any four courses from the following:
ECON19031 Environmental Economics
EVST19007 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
EVST19008 Environmental Management
EVST19020 Environmental Management Systems
EVST19021 Thinking Systemically & Sustainably
EVST19022 Climate Change: Global Challenges and Opportunities
GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems
LAWS11046 Law and the Environment
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Co-plan description: Environmental health is an important health issue in Indigenous communities. This co-plan is recommended for those students with an interest in working with Indigenous Australians.

Course Code Course Name
INDG11013 Introductory Aboriginal & Islander History
INDG19015 Aboriginal Cultures and Country
INDG19016 Contemporary Indigenous Issues
INDG19018 Indigenous Australians and Popular Culture
Health Promotion
Co-plan description: Provides students with skills and knowledge to prepare graduates to fulfil a crucial role in the community in health promotion and education.  BEH graduates with a focus on health promotion may be employed as health promotion/education program managers, health promotion coordinator/officer, or health educators within industry.
Course Code Course Name
Students must complete the following:
HLTH11027 Foundations of Health
HLTH11028 Community Needs Assessment
HLTH11029 Health Promotion Concepts
HLTH12028 Health Promotion Strategies
Building Surveying

Co-plan description: Provides students with skills and knowledge to prepare graduates to enforce, advise and interpret laws and regulations controlling residential and low-rise commercial buildings and work for local government, state and federal authorities including licensing and code boards and private certifiers. Students intending to work in New South Wales, where EHOs are often involved in building-related activities should consider this co-plan.

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