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Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

Approved Abbreviation: GDipOccupHlth&Safety

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4779.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 0101798

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2020 or later.

The Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety provides students with an opportunity to develop advanced skills in leadership for quality and safety in healthcare provision. It also explores the socioeconomic, behavioural, biological and societal determinants of health and disease, providing a sound knowledge in epidemiology and the use of healthcare data for decision-making. It provides an entry point to the Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) for those who wish to continue on their professional development journey with further studies.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.


An undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant health-related discipline


A graduate diploma or graduate certificate in any discipline and two years full-time equivalent work experience in a relevant health-related discipline

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office. International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete the following units

Domain Units

401076Introduction to Epidemiology
401372The Social Determinants of Health
401363Health Systems and Policy
401365Healthcare Data for Decision-Making

Focus Units

401361Advanced Health Service Management
400777Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care
102180Translation from Theory and Research to Policy
401373Workplace Safety and Risk Management

Further information on recommended progression is available on the Postgraduate Health Science progression page.

Postgraduate Health Science Progression

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