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Improving human health through understanding environmental influences

Do you have an investigative mind? Keen to offer advice, educate, consult and contribute to ensure your community gets to live, work and play in a safe and healthy environment?

When you study Environmental Health within the Health Sciences at Griffith University, you'll learn how to deal with environmental health issues such as food safety, water pollution, infectious disease outbreaks and hazardous waste.

With this qualification, you can choose from a range of careers including local and state government Environmental Health Officers  (EHO), who are skilled professionals in high demand both here and overseas.

What tops the 20 hardest positions to fill in Australia? Environmental Health Officer, as reported in The Sydney Morning Herald on 12 Dec 2017.

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Study environmental health at Griffith

Students can study Environmental Health as a career-oriented major* within Griffith's Bachelor of Health Science.

The Environmental Health major has been designed to deliver a balanced combination of scientific and professional knowledge with plenty of on-the-ground experience for you to become a well-rounded environmental health practitioner. It's a very hands-on major where interesting and relevant site visits provide first-hand exposure to many of the environmental health issues that you would encounter in your work.

The courses in this major will ensure you have a thorough understanding of how, when and where to apply the legislation to protect public health and the environment, as well as working in partnership with government ministries such as Health, Agriculture and Environment, local municipalities, businesses, community groups, emergency management agencies and individual members of the community.

You'll develop valuable skills in risk assessment and management and learn about areas such as food and water safety, waste management, communicable diseases, disaster response, and climate change, to name a few. An industry placement ensures that you'll gain practical experience and build relationships with prospective employers.

*The Environmental Health major is accredited by Environmental Health Australia.

Studying the Bachelor of Health Science, graduates with the Environmental Health major walk into a career area that is highly undersupplied. They use their investigative skills in food safety, water pollution, infectious disease outbreaks and more.

Mike Kwan

Griffith Environmental Health graduate

His qualification in Environmental Health has allowed Mike to work around the world, including roles with the London Borough of Brent Council, in private industry (Exxon Mobil in Papua New Guinea) and back in Australia with local government (Pine Rivers and Gold Coast). He is currently with Queensland Health's Food Safety Standards and Regulation Unit.

'With the broad science foundations obtained during my environmental health studies at Griffith, I'm better able to explain in layman's terms the scientific rationale behind legislative requirements, particularly as they apply to a business or person. I find providing that extra insight and improved understanding leads to better and lasting outcomes.'

Mike Kwan

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Career outcomes

Excellent career paths within the professional field of environmental health.

The most common is that of environmental health officer (EHO) which is typically a diverse role in many organisations. Graduates find opportunities with federal, state or local authorities, the defence forces, consulting firms, and the mining sector.

With an internationally recognised qualification, you'll also be prepared for work overseas with airlines, aid agencies and in tourism with resort chains and ocean cruise operators.

Your responsibilities could include:

  • health promotion
  • food hygiene and safety management
  • regulation of accommodation standards
  • communicable diseases management
  • running immunisation clinics
  • quarantine management
  • disaster and emergency management
  • air, water and noise pollution
  • safeguarding the public from toxic substances resulting from chemical incidents
  • environmental health risk assessment

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April 20, 2018

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Monday 5 February — Friday 21 December

Ongoing Q&A sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Monday 26 February — Saturday 23 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 26 February 2018 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Saturday 9 to Saturday 23 June.

Tuesday 1 May — Tuesday 1 May

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Lismore

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Wednesday 2 May — Thursday 3 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Gold Coast Careers Festival to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Thursday 3 May — Sunday 6 May

VCE and Careers Expo - Melbourne

Visit the Griffith University stand at the VCE and Careers Expo in Melbourne to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Wednesday 9 May — Wednesday 9 May

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Townsville

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM . Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Thursday 10 May — Thursday 10 May

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Cairns

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Friday 11 May — Saturday 12 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Monday 14 May — Sunday 22 April

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - Gold Coast campus

What you need to know to maximise your chances of gaining a place to study Griffith's Doctor of Medicine.  

Tuesday 15 May — Sunday 22 April

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Toowoomba

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Tuesday 15 May — Sunday 22 April

Mature Student Open Evening - South Bank campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students. Find out more

Tuesday 15 May — Sunday 22 April

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - South Bank campus

What you need to know to maximise your chances of gaining a place to study Griffith's Doctor of Medicine.  

Thursday 17 May — Sunday 22 April

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students. Find out more

Monday 21 May — Friday 25 May

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Tuesday 22 May — Sunday 22 April

Parent and Student Advice Night - Nathan campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university. Find out more

Thursday 24 May — Sunday 22 April

Parent and Student Advice Night - Gold Coast campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university. Find out more

Tuesday 29 May — Sunday 22 April

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Mackay

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Wednesday 30 May — Sunday 22 April

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Rockhampton

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Tuesday 19 June — Sunday 22 April

Discover Griffith - Nathan campus

Join us at our Nathan campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You'll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and pathways to Griffith.  

Thursday 21 June — Sunday 22 April

Discover Griffith - Gold Coast campus

Join us at our Gold Coast campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You'll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and pathways to Griffith.  

Monday 9 July — Saturday 20 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 9 July . Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 6 to Saturday 20 October.

Saturday 21 July — Sunday 22 July

TSXPO (Tertiary Studies Expo)

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Tertiary Studies Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Tuesday 24 July — Sunday 22 April

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers and Employment Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Monday 6 August — Sunday 22 April

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Sunday 12 August — Sunday 12 August

OPEN DAY - Nathan, Gold Coast and South Bank campuses

Discover what's possible at Griffith at Open Day. Visit our Gold Coast, Nathan or South Bank campus to attend information sessions and activities, chat with academics about your preferred degree, find out about services and support, and tour our campuses. Find out more

Monday 17 September — Friday 28 September

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more