EHP Qualifications

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How Do I Become an EHO?

To become an Environmental Health Officer, you usually have to study environmental health, environmental science, public health or environmental management at university. These areas of study may be undertaken within a science, health science, social science or natural science degree.

To be admitted into these courses, you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites, and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

The first step is to find an accredited course. There are several applicable courses available with “Environmental” or “Public Health” in the title, but that does not mean they will give you the right qualifications to work as an Environmental Health Officer in Australia.

Below is a list of currently accredited courses. These vary from undergraduate to postgraduate courses, full time and part-time, on-campus and off-campus. There are many to choose from to suit your location and needs.

If you wish to work in Victoria, the right to work is covered under the Public Health & Wellbeing ACT 2008. Please click on the button for a list of the qualifications accepted under the Act to work in Victoria.     Working In Victoria

 

 

Duties & Tasks of an EHO

Duties & Tasks of an Environmental Health Officer
Environmental health officers:

  • Investigate complaints about food safety and ensure shops, restaurants and food processors follow health regulations
  • Monitor and control water, air and noise pollution and collect water samples for analysis
  • Initiate and conduct environmental health impact or risk assessments
  • Design and conduct health education programs or public information campaigns
  • Prepare policy documents and guidelines relating to environmental health matters
  • Manage immunisation campaigns
  • Manage programs to control disease-causing pests such as mosquitoes
  • Investigate and manage public health incidents such as disease outbreaks
  • Manage programs to maintain public health and environmental issues associated with major public events
  • Respond to disasters and emergencies where public health is at risk
  • Assess building development applications and inspect houses and public buildings to ensure they comply with environmental or health and safety standards
  • Inspect and license premises that may present infectious disease risks to the community (such as tattoo parlours and acupuncturists, where skin penetration and body piercing occurs), and inspect hairdressing and beauty salons
  • Maintain records, prepare statistics, write reports and give evidence in court cases where health or environmental regulations have been violated.

Personal requirements for an Environmental Health Officer

  • Good communication skills
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Tactful and courteous
  • Able to be firm and impartial when making decisions
  • Resourceful
  • Able to take initiative
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Able to work independently or as a part of a team

Tasks

  • Advises on and enforce relevant legislation.
  • Train employees in personal protective equipment and safe working procedures.
  • Identify hazards, assess and control risks in the workplace.
  • Develop, implement and monitor programs minimising workplace and environmental pollution involving chemical and physical hazards.
  • Work to minimise air, sea, water and noise pollution to improve health outcomes.
  • Inspect and audit workplaces, processes, plant, chemical and physical hazards for legislative compliance.
  • Prepare and implement plans and strategies for the safe, economical and suitable disposal of commercial, industrial, medical and household wastes.
  • Implement prevention programs and strategies for communicable diseases, food safety, wastewater treatment and disposal systems, recreation and domestic water quality and any contaminated or hazardous substances.

Overseas Qualifications

Completed your qualification overseas?

International Environmental Health Qualifications

If you hold an international environmental health qualification that is not listed in the Victorian Government Gazette, your qualification must be assessed before you can work as an environmental health officer in Victoria.

The Chief Health Officer can assess international environmental health qualifications to determine if they are substantially equivalent to those listed in the Victoria Government Gazette.

For an assessment, you will need to provide details and proof of your qualification, including an academic transcript. Once your qualification has been assessed, you will receive a letter from the Chief Health Officer advising you of the outcome of the assessment.

Please email environmental.healthunit@dhhs.vic.gov.au or call 1300 761 874 for further information or to request an assessment of your qualification.

Finding A EHP Job

The main employers are local government and councils. Environmental Health Officers are also employed by the Australian Defence Force, state and territory health and environment departments and area health services, as well as major food corporations, international airlines and overseas aid organisations. There are growing opportunities elsewhere in the private sector. Employment can also be found at the Red Cross, and to a lesser extent Water authorities, and the Environment Protection Authority.

These positions are advertised on Local and State/Commonwealth Government jobsite pages, Defence Force Recruiting, Seek and other job websites and are also advertised by Recruitment agencies.

EHPA also provides a free Job Listing service for employers. JOB LISTING SUBMIT A JOB LISTING

EHO Courses

Undergraduate courses

State / Territory University Course Accreditation Details
New South Wales Western Sydney University Bachelor of Natural Science (Environment and Health) Full Accreditation
Queensland Central Queensland University Bachelor of Public Health (Environmental Health) Full Accreditation
Queensland Griffith University Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) Full Accreditation
Queensland University of the Sunshine Coast Bachelor of Health Science (Applied Environmental Health) Full Accreditation
Western Australia Edith Cowan University Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) Full Accreditation
Western Australia Edith Cowan University Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety) Provisional Accreditation

Postgraduate courses

State University Course Accreditation Details
Queensland Queensland University of Technology Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Full Accreditation
South Australia Flinders University Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Practice Full Accreditation
Western Australia Curtin University Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Full Accreditation
Victoria Swinburne University of Technology Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health Practice Provisional Accreditation

Master courses

State University Course Accreditation Details
South Australia Flinders University Master of Environmental Health Full Accreditation

Discontinued accredited courses

State University Course
New South Wales University of Western Sydney Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health)
Queensland Griffith University Bachelor of Science (Environmental Health)
Bachelor of Public Health (Environmental Health)
Queensland University of the Sunshine Coast Bachelor of Science (Environment and Health) (Graduates from 2010)
Bachelor of Environmental Health Science (Graduates from 2010 to 2018)
Queensland Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health)
South Australia Flinders University Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health)
Victoria Swinburne University Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health)

Victoria
LaTrobe University Bachelor of Public Health (Environmental Health) (Graduates to 2011)
Victoria LaTrobe University Bachelor of Health Sciences (Environmental Health) (Graduates to 2014)

Victoria
LaTrobe University Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health

Western Australia
Curtin University Bachelor of Science (Environmental Health)
Master of Environmental Health
Northern Territory Batchelor University Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health)
Tasmania TAFE Tasmania Diploma of Applied Science (Environmental Health)
Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Environmental Health)
Tasmania University of Tasmania Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health)

 

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