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CQ26 - Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety

About Occupational Health and Safety

CQU’s health and recreation studies enables you to learn more about sport and exercise science, human fitness, family and community health, lifestyle management, occupational health and safety and personal health. Core studies provide a comprehensive understanding of health and the factors that influence it.

Occupational health and safety studies develops your expertise in the identification and anticipation of occupational health and safety hazards in the workplace and enables a systematic approach for their assessment and control across the major discipline areas of occupational hygiene, human factors and safety science/risk management.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Opportunities exist for graduates in management/consultancy and practice of workplace health and safety.  For example, ergonomics, industrial safety officer, occupational hygienist and risk management. Employment is found in primary industry, rural safety, manufacturing, mining, services industry, employer associations, the defence force, health industry and government authorities.

Graduates may also qualify for the Workplace Health and Safety Officer Certificate awarded by the Department of Industrial Relations and the Workplace Rehabilitation Coordinator Certificate accredited by Workcover. Industry experts have been consulted throughout the developmental stages, to ensure graduates possess the knowledge, attributes and skills that are deemed to be most important by future employers.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG(Year 1 only); ROK; External
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Arts, Health and Sciences
How to Apply QTAC
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation Graduates may qualify as Workplace Health and Safety Officers (core plus services) in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Industrial Relations (Qld) and Workplace Rehabilitation Coordinators accredited by Workcover.
Residential School see residential school information below
Practicum/Work placement 160 hours of work placement
Exit Awards Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety
Interim Awards Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety
Post Nominal BOHS 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

This program is a professional degree based on the study of Occupational Health and Safety. It presents students with the opportunity to undertake a plan and apply their discipline of study to specifically designated career path options. It has been designed to prepare professionals in Occupational Health and Safety with specifically applied knowledge, attitudes, skills, and initiatives in the areas of:

  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Workplace Rehabilitation
  • Ergonomics
  • Safety Science, and
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management

Those who complete an appropriate plan will have specialist knowledge in:

  • Vocational Education & Training
  • Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Health & Human Performance Studies
  • Health Promotion
  • Engineering Technology Management
  • Environmental Studies

In addition the option remains for students to select from a wide array of electives to suit personal needs and interests.

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

Throughout this program students participate in worksite visits with practical opportunities to apply their learning to given situations. In the final term, students are placed in industry to work in conjunction with a health and safety practitioner, for 120 hours. 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 the Industry Practicum work is linked to the placement.

Career options

Workplace health and safety officer/ consultant. Graduates can be employed in such diverse industries as:

  • Private industry
  • Rural Safety
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Services Industry
  • Employer Association
  • Defence Forces
  • Health
  • Local/State/Federal Government

Graduates may also qualify for the Workplace Health and Safety Officer Certificate awarded by the Department of Industrial Relations and the Workplace Rehabilitation Coordinator Certificate accredited by Workcover. Industry experts have been consulted throughout the developmental stages, to ensure graduates possess the knowledge, attributes and skills that are deemed to be most important by future employers.


Program Structure


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

  • 18 core courses
  • a second plan consisting of 6 courses, (please confirm with your Program Advisor).

Recommended study schedule

The following schedule is designed for full-time students who usually enrol in four courses per term or 24 units of credit. Part-time students should therefore modify this schedule to suit their own needs The normal study load for part-time students is two courses per term or 12 units of credit per term.

Courses Offered

Year 1 - T1
Course Code Course Name
SCIE11019 Introductory Bioscience *
HMSC11006 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health
HMSC11034 Foundations of Health and Human Performance *
OCHS11025 Introductory Health and Safety Risk Management
Year 1 - T2
Course Code Course Name
HMSC11004 Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Human Performance
BIOH11004 Human Physiology *
HMSC11005 Human Anatomy
PSYC11009 Social Foundation of Psychology
Year 2 - T1
Course Code Course Name
OCHS12001 Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
OCHS12002 Fundamentals of OHS Practice *
HMSC12026 Teaching, Learning and Health Promotion
  • Second plan
Year 2 - T2
Course Code Course Name
OCHS12015 Law and Management of Occupational Health and Safety CQ26
OCHS12005 Risk Management and Safety Technology CQ26
OCHS13011 Occupational Rehabilitation and Compensation *
  • Second plan
Year 3 - T1
Course Code Course Name
OCHS13008 Human Factors CQ26
OCHS13016 Occupational Health, Hygiene and Toxicology
  • Second Plan
  • Second Plan
Year 3 - T2
Course Code Course Name
OCHS13010 Applied Worksite Analysis *
OCHS13007 Industry Practicum
  • Second Plan
  • Second Plan

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