This program is a professional degree based on the study of Occupational Health and Safety. It presents students with the opportunity to undertake a plan and apply their discipline of study to specifically designated career path options. It has been designed to prepare professionals in Occupational Health and Safety with specifically applied knowledge, attitudes, skills, and initiatives in the areas of: * occupational hygiene; * workplace rehabilitation; * ergonomics; * safety science; and * occupational health and safety management. Health and Human Performance Second plans for OCHS Those who complete an appropriate second plan will have specialist knowledge in the following: * Environmental Studies * Human Movement Science * Environmental Health * Management * Human Resources Management * Engineering Technology Management * Health Promotion * Professional Communications (Public Relations) Details of each of these plans may be accessed here (insert hyperlink) In addition the option remains for students to select from a wide array of electives to suit personal needs and interests. The purpose of this program is to produce graduates who are competent health and safety professionals ready to be employed as workplace leaders in health and safety decision making and management. Graduates will be able to facilitate, educate, problem solve, and promote health and safety in the workplace in relation to individuals, families, the community and environment. Throughout this program students participate in worksite visits with practical opportunities to apply their learning to given situations. In the final term, students are placed in industry to work in conjunction with a health and safety practitioner, for 120 hours. This presents students with valuable learning and application opportunities before the completion of their studies. During this time, students continue to work through course material externally and the industry practicum work is linked to the placement.
120 hours of work placement plus residential school attendance
Prerequisites - nil; Recommended study - English and a science subject
Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety
About Occupational Health and Safety
CQUniversity’s Health and Human Performance studies enables you to learn more about sport and exercise science, human fitness, family and community health, lifestyle management, occupational health and safety and personal health. Core studies provide a comprehensive understanding of health and the factors that influence it.
Occupational health and safety studies develops your expertise in the identification and anticipation of occupational health and safety hazards in the workplace and enables a systematic approach for their assessment and control across the major discipline areas of occupational hygiene, human factors and safety science/risk management.
Opportunities exist for graduates in management/consultancy and practice of workplace health and safety. For example, ergonomics, industrial safety officer, occupational hygienist and risk management. Employment is found in primary industry, rural safety, manufacturing, mining, services industry, employer associations, the defence force, health industry and government authorities.
Graduates may also qualify for the Workplace Health and Safety Officer Certificate awarded by the Department of Industrial Relations and the Workplace Rehabilitation Coordinator Certificate accredited by WorkCover. Industry experts have been consulted throughout the developmental stages, to ensure graduates possess the knowledge, attributes and skills that are deemed to be most important by future employers.
Students must complete 24 courses/144 units of credit, which include:
18 core courses; and
* a second plan consisting of 6 courses (click here to view)
Recommended study schedule
The following schedule is designed for full-time students who usually enrol in 4 courses per term or 24 units of credit. Part-time students should therefore modify this schedule to suit their own needs. The normal study load for part-time students is 2 courses per term or 12 units of credit per term.
Course Code Course Name
HMSC11006 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health
HMSC11034 Study Skills for Health and Human Performance *
OCHS11025 Introductory Health and Safety Risk Management
SCIE11019 Introductory Bioscience *
BIOH11004 Human Physiology *
HMSC11004 Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Human Performance
HMSC11005 Human Anatomy *
PSYC11009 Social Foundations of Psychology
Course Code Course Name
HMSC12026 Teaching, Learning and Health Promotion
OCHS12001 Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
OCHS12002 Fundamentals of OHS Practice *
OCHS12005 Risk Management and Safety Technology CQ26
OCHS12015 Law and Management of Occupational Health and Safety CQ26
OCHS13011 Occupational Rehabilitation and Compensation
Course Code Course Name
OCHS13008 Human Factors CQ26
OCHS13016 Occupational Health, Hygiene and Toxicology
OCHS13007 Industry Practicum
OCHS13010 Applied Worksite Analysis *
* Courses marked (*) have compulsory residential school. See the residential school timetable for details. Compulsory residential schools are held in Rockhampton and are conducted for these courses taken by external students.
* The OCHS13007 course is available in Term 1 and 2.
* Students who wish to undertake a Rehabilitation Coordinator role in Queensland there is an opportunity to take the Queensland Competency (Q-Comp) invidulated exam within OCHS13011 (Queensland legislation and technical application). Successful completion of the exam allows students to apply for a Q-Comp Workplace Rehabilitation Coordinator Certificate. Please see the course profile for more information.