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Master of Health (Workplace Health and Safety)

Advance your workplace health and safety leadership skills, using evidence based practice, with a Master of Health (Workplace Health and Safety) from the Victorian Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (VIOSH).
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(240 credit points = 2.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

Course is "Part -time" only over 48 months.

This course aims to assist Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) professionals further develop implement and evaluate WHS interventions by utilising strong evidence based practice.  Coursework from the Graduate Diploma of Health (Workplace Health and Safety) is delivered throughout first year whilst second year focuses on further developing your research skills.Throughout the completion of your research project you will work closely with an academic supervisor to critically evaluate a WHS intervention within the context of a workplace.The flexibility of this course will allow you to continue working whilst adequately interacting with your supervisory team. This course is only offered part-time (duration is 4 years). It is also available as a graduate certificate and graduate diploma option.Please note on campus blocks are compulsory for some subjects within this course. Please view individual subjects within the sample structure tab (below) for further information. 

  • OH&S Manager
  • OH&S professional
  • Dangerous goods safety officer
  • Hazardous materials safety officer
  • Health and safety coordinator
  • Health and safety manager
  • IT help desk - OHS officer
  • Industrial hygienist
  • National health and safety advisor
  • National safety manager
  • OHS advisor
  • OHS auditor
  • OHS coordinator
  • OHS trainer
  • OHS training and assessment officer
  • Occupational hygienist
  • Quality and OHS officer
  • Safety manager
  • Senior health and safety advisor
  • Senior health and safety manager
  • Work health and safety coordinator

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 2

Semester 1

HEALT6001, 30 credit points
HEALT6002, 30 credit points

Semester 2

HEALT7002, 30 credit points
HEALT7003, 30 credit points

A supervisory team will be appointed to provide support for candidates undertaking the thesis component of the Masters course. The frequency of supervisory meetings and the mode of those meeting and face-face, video conferencing, email and will be negotiated at the beginning of a students candidature.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission Criteria HE Study:
Completion of a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (Workplace Health and Safety) from Federation University (or equivalent); OR other university qualifications and appropriate industrial experience and demonstrated academic standard to meet the requirements.

Extra requirements

Applicants must supply a current resume with their application.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HN9

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$4,445 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Students who have successfully completed HM4.WH Graduate Diploma of Workplace Health and Saftey may be eligible to apply for entry into the Course with 120 Credit Points

Enables the student to become accredited with the Safety Institute of Australia as an accredited OH&S professional. This course is accredited by the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA). Graduands of this course are deemed to have met the OHS qualification content requirement for certification, at either OHS professional or Chartered OHS professional levels.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Course co-ordinator

Stephen Weber