Graduate Certificate in Health Impact Assessment

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  • Objectives
    This multidisciplinary course is designed to provide you with specialised, advanced training in the development and implementation of health impact assessment. You will develop a broad understanding of environmental epidemiology, statistical and research methods to support your studies into environmental health risk assessment and environmental impact assessment studies.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree or equivalent in a field relating to the health, environment and planning sectors.
  • Academic title
    Graduate Certificate in Health Impact Assessment
  • Course description
    Graduate Certificate in Health Impact Assessment


    Course CRICOS Code: 062557E
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 0.5 Years


    The Graduate Certificate in Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a multidisciplinary course designed to provide specialised, advanced training for graduates with a responsibility for, or an interest in, the development and implementation of health impact assessment. HIA is a key component of informed decision-making processes by governments around the world. The Australian Federal Government introduced Health Impact Assessment Guidelines in September, 2001. There is currently no course with a specific focus on HIA in Western Australia. Present and future markets will come from undergraduate students and professionals in the health, environment, planning and economic sectors.

    Course Entry Requirements/Requisites

    "Applicants usually require the equivalent of a bachelor degree or advanced diploma but , in certain cases , relevant work experience may be recognised ".

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning will be assessed on an individual basis by the course co-ordinator. There are not formalised VET articulation agreements.

    Duration and Availability

    This course is six months full-time or equivalent part-time study. It is available fully on-line or externally. When the course is offered to international students it will be conducted for cohorts around 20 students and will be presented in a lecture/workshop/classroom format. Curtin units are available in semesters one and two and Murdoch units are available in semester one only.

    Course Organisation

    Four core units are required for completion of this course. Optional units are available if students are given RPL for any of the core units.

    Career Opportunities

    Health impact assessment is an emerging area with no other formal qualifications available. Potential career opportunities include positions in the health, environment, planning and economic sectors. The growing use of health impact assessment in development projects will impact on demand for professionals with health impact assessment skills in both government and private sectors. There is a growing interest in the area of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the Asia Pacific region and there is potential to attract students because we have the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Impact Assessment at Curtin University. The Department of Health has recently established a health impact assessment section that is developing strategies to implement HIA procedures in Western Australia.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Further Information

    Upon completion of this degree students may be eligible to gain entry and receive RPL for all 4 units in the non-accredited stream of the Master of Environmental Health.

    Course Structure                                                                         Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1 Semester 1

    305042     v.1           Environmental Health Impact Studies 590          4.0     25.0
    308422     v.1 *        Environmental Health Risk Assessment 682       4.0     25.0
    311167     v.1           Principles of Environmental
                                    Impact Assessment ENV 520 (Murdoch)                         25.0
    311168     v.1 +       Techniques for Environmental
                                    Impact Assessment ENV 522 (Murdoch)                         25.0

    *              Students who are eligible for exemption from this unit can choose 308419 Environmental Health Management 683.
    +              Students who are eligible for exemption from this unit can choose 311169 Environmental Policy Making for 21st Century ENV 516.

    Year      Location                 Period           Internal        Fully Online#
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 Y
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2           Y                 Y

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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