The Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) focuses on the practice of occupational health within national and international frameworks. It explores issues such as the physical, social and mental impacts of the occupational environment on health.
Students have the opportunity to develop a safety systems approach concentrating on hazard identification, risk assessment and devising control measures incorporating safety management principles. The legal underpinning of OHS requirements at the workplace are also covered.
Note: This course is offered as a 1 and 1.5 year pathway with relevant prior qualification.
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Occupational Health and Safety at Western
This program is designed for professionals working in a variety of health science settings, including both government and non-government organisations.
Strategies for the management of occupational health are examined, together with methods of monitoring and evaluating occupational health programs.
You will receive practical skills in community development and health promotion programs, and also complete a culminating research and practice experience in the evaluation of a contemporary issue in health science. Western Sydney University offers a wide variety of options, with flexible delivery, taught by experts in the field.
Flexible entry and exit points are available.
Fees and delivery
Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $27,320*
Delivery: On campus
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As a health science graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Occupational health and safety
- Occupational and environmental hygiene
- Health services management
- Health planning
- International health
- Research studies
Quality Improvement Officer
Quality Improvement Officers can be involved in the strategic planning and supervision of quality and safety activities at major metropolitan hospitals or for an area health service.
Community Engagement / Event Coordinators
Community Engagement / Event Coordinators increase knowledge and awareness of positive health behaviours within the population through primary prevention information.
Health Promotion Research Officer
A research officer develops health promotion research; ensuring ethical standards are upheld within research; the collection and analysis of data to evaluate the effectiveness of an program; and the dissemination of findings to the general public and professional audiences.
Public Health Planner
In this role you will plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services. You may manage an entire facility such as a hospital, or specialise in managing a specific clinical area or medical practice. You will ensure the facility runs smoothly so that other staff and medical professionals can provide optimum care to patients.
Health Promotion Officer
Health Promotion Officers identify and address priority health and wellbeing issues and deliver population health interventions. They develop and implement health promotion programs and evaluate their effectiveness.
Project Officers work specifically on designated health related projects. Their tasks involve the conceptualisation, design, implementation and evaluation of the project. They can also be involved in evaluating and formulating operational improvements for a health district.
Practice Managers coordinate and manage the day to day operations of a health care practice (such as a community or medical).
A Diversional Therapist works with people of all ages and abilities. They design and facilitate individualised recreation and leisure programs that support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals.
Recreation Officers develop, support and coordinate sport and recreation programs and services for the benefit of communities.
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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.