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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) concerns the application of scientific principles to understand the nature of risks to the safety of people in workplaces.
It is a multidisciplinary profession with applications in all industries and commerce. Both community expectation and government legislation demand an increasingly higher level of protection for employees and the community from risks that threaten their safety and health. As such, there is also an increasing demand in society for professionals with experience and qualifications in OHS.
Duration is 3 years part-time - this includes the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (two years part-time) and Master of Occupational Health and Safety (1 year).
The Master degree is a personal research activity in the third year after completion of the Graduate Diploma. The objective is to ensure that you are able to reflect critically on the OHS theory and practice gained in the two years of the Graduate Diploma, through planning and execution of a substantial workplace based project.
RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Many assignments are designed to put theory into workplace practice providing an education that is directly applicable to your role as an OHS professional.
Graduates find work within industry, government, service organisations, consulting or in workers' compensation insurance companies.
Professionals are called health and safety executives (HSE), OHS managers, risk managers, OHS coordinators or safety officers.
Positions with environmental responsibilities are known as EHS or SHE (safety, health and environment) managers.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The Safety Institute of Australia, the body representing OHS professionals and practitioners, recognises the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and the Master of Occupational Health and Safety as meeting the educational requirements for professional membership.
Graduates are able to become a SIA member, and with three years of appropriate experience can become a Chartered Professional Member (CPMSIA).
The Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and the Masters OHS are accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board. Accreditation is current to 2017.
An accredited qualification such as the RMIT Graduate Diploma is the minimum requirement for professional certification as an OHS professional as well as SIA professional membership.
Program and course information
Understanding the risks
Provide optimum levels of protection for employees and the community at large.