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Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hygiene

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Award granted Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hygiene

Two years part-time

Deakin course codeS626

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

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Course overview

The course comprises an articulated program of units at the graduate certificate and graduate diploma level. Occupational hygiene is concerned with the recognition, evaluation and control of environmental factors associated with the workplace that may cause illness, impaired health and wellbeing, or significant discomfort and inefficiency amongst workers or members of the public. Environmental factors can be chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic and psychosocial in nature. Evaluating the influence of these environmental factors on human beings involves measurement of exposure and dose, use of environmental and biological monitoring techniques and assessment of the physiological response to the dose, reference to exposure standards and use of toxicological principles. Suitable control methods are then selected to reduce exposure to any adverse environmental factors.

An occupational hygienist usually holds a degree in chemistry, physics, engineering, biology (with some chemistry) or related physical and biological sciences and through special studies can recognise occupational factors that cause illness or inefficiency and understand their effect on human beings; evaluate the magnitude of these factors and of the response of an exposed population's response to them; and prescribe methods to eliminate, control or reduce the influence of the adverse factors.


Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

Students must complete 8 credit points, including four coursework units, project units and a practice unit. The practice unit covers areas of advanced occupational hygiene practice, and commences with a one week period of attendance at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) for practical work and project-planning seminars. The project consists of two units (SEN701 and SEN702) of 1 credit point each comprising a single project in an approved area of occupational hygiene. If possible, the project should be carried out at the student's place of employment.

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Course structure

Year 1
Trimester 1

SLE718 Chemical Hazards  

SLE719 Toxicology and Biohazards  

Trimester 2

SLE723 Physical Hazards  

SLE724 Human Factors  

Year 2

Trimester 1

SLE731 Occupational Hygiene Practice  

SLE733 Occupational Hygiene Project A  

Trimester 2

SLE720 Risk Assessment and Control  

SLE734 Occupational Hygiene Project B  


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