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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.
The Master in OHS builds on your learning from the Graduate Diploma in OHS and provides you with the opportunity to undertake:
- a substantial research activity, allowing you to reflect on OHS theory and practice
- specialist occupational hygiene courses in addition to an occupational hygiene research project - this minor is suitable for students wanting to become occupational hygiene specialists
- courses from the RMIT MBA program in addition to an OHS management implementation project - this option is suitable for students looking to move into OHS management roles
The program is run face-to-face in block mode supported by real time online tutorials.
Generally, courses are held over one week (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), before the beginning of the traditional academic semester, e.g. during mid-Feb, and mid-July. Online tutorials are usually held during one evening per fortnight per course.
The Master degree includes an individual research project in the final semester to ensure that you can reflect critically on the OHS theory and practice.
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, the service sector, consulting or in workers' compensation insurance companies.
Generalist practitioners are called health and safety executives (HSE), OHS managers, risk managers, OHS coordinators or safety officers.
Graduates with the Occupational Hygiene minor would be called occupational or industrial hygienists or occupational hygiene managers.
Positions with additional environmental responsibilities are known as EHS or SHE (safety, health and environment) managers.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The Master and Graduate Diploma in OHS are accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.
Application has been made for accreditation of the Occupational Hygiene minor with the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.
An accredited qualification in the minimum education requirement for professional certification as an OHS professional and/or Occupational Hygienist.
Graduates are eligible for professional membership with the Safety Institute of Australia, the body representing OHS professionals and practitioners, and the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.
With appropriate experience graduates can become a Chartered Professional Member (CPMSIA) or Certified Occupational Hygienists.
Program and course information
Understanding the risks
Provide optimum levels of protection for employees and the community at large.