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Health, Safety and Environment

Our course is one of the most varied and challenging of courses you can undertake with many career options available. Our program offers exciting opportunities, including the chance to join our program on a full scholarship.

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About the course

The Bachelor of Science (Health, Safety and Environment) is a new course that combines two previous Curtin programs, the Bachelor of Science (Environmental Health) and the Bachelor of Science (Health and Safety). This new course is designed to broaden the employment opportunities for students in the rapidly expanding area of health, safety and environment. There is currently an extremely high demand for graduates, who are receiving well above average salaries.

Concern regarding quality of life and the integrity and sustainability of the environment and workplaces has led to a demand for professionally trained personnel to create and maintain environments and workplaces that promote good health.

About workplace health and safety

Health and safety is concerned with workplace safety and the injuries and diseases that have a major impact on the work environment. There are many physical, chemical, biological, psychosocial or organisational hazards that can cause injury, death or disease in the workplace.

The International Labour Organisation estimates that more than 2 million people die from work-related causes every year. Internationally, there are two new cases each minute, bringing more harm to the global community than from road accidents, war, violence and HIV/AIDS combined.

In Australia, the annual cost of associated ill health is between $15-37 billion every year. Health and Safety professionals work first to prevent then minimise the incidence and impact of workplace hazards.

About environmental health

Environmental health is concerned with managing those factors in the environment that may exert a harmful effect on community and population health. It comprises those aspects of human health, including quality of life, that are determined by physical, chemical, biological, social and psychological factors in the environment. Concern regarding quality of life and the integrity and sustainability of the environment has led to a demand for professionally trained personnel to create and maintain environments that promote good public health.

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities are excellent, with the majority of graduates gaining positions before graduating and over 90 per cent employed within six months.

Recent graduates have been employed in a very diverse range of occupations and workplaces: health, safety and environment professionals in industry including construction, mining, oil and gas; scientific officers and health and safety officers in both government and private practice (WA Department of Health; Tobacco Control and Liquor Licensing; WA Department of Environment and Conservation; Swan River Trust; Worksafe); vocational rehabilitation and worker’s compensation practitioners; federal government (customs and quarantine); food auditors in private industry; occupational hygienists.

“I found [the SoPH] course was hands-on and diverse. On any given week we could be learning about basic microbiology, noise pollution, law, waste management, event safety, food science and health promotion, just to name a few.”

Kelly Fewster, Health, Safety and Environment graduate