Health, Safety and Environment

Specialise in identifying and managing workplace risks to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Occupational health and safety professionals make a significant contribution to industry efficiency through the prevention of injury, occupational diseases and adverse environmental impacts.

Employment prospects are excellent, with graduates often earning above average salaries. Graduates gain employment in a variety of industries including mining, oil, gas, manufacturing and construction. There is also demand for graduates in corporate, government, health and academic sectors. 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

Occupational health and safety professionals work to ensure the development of safer and healthier workplaces. They make a significant contribution to industry efficiency through the prevention of injury, occupational diseases and adverse environmental impacts. Employment prospects are excellent, with graduates often earning above average salaries. Graduates gain employment in a variety of industries including mining, oil, gas, manufacturing and construction. There is also demand for graduates in corporate, government, health and academic sectors.

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

Occupational health and safety graduates can gain employment in a variety of industries including mining, oil, gas, manufacturing and construction. There is also demand for graduates in corporate, government, health and academic sectors. With the stringent legislative requirements for health and safety in the workplace, and the increase in resources and commodity prices expected to continue, future demand for tertiary qualified occupational health and safety professionals is expected to be high.

“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