Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health
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This course is for you if you wish to work as a professional in the rapidly growing field of OHS, and gain specialist knowledge of ergonomics. It is suitable for you if you’re already working in the field and need to upgrade your qualifications to meet new OHS professional practice requirements. You can also study this course if you’re not already working in OHS and ergonomics.
Our Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health will help you develop the diverse range of skills needed in Australian and international workplaces. Areas of study include OHS principles and legislation, public health, health promotion and prevention, green and sustainable ergonomics, and designing for a diverse workforce.
You’ll be introduced to the development, goals and status of the national prevention agenda in Australia, and reflect on the status of this agenda in other countries.
This course reflects the specialist expertise of our staff at the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors. The Centre is a national and international leader in research aimed at developing more effective workplace methods for preventing musculoskeletal injuries (Australia's largest OHS problem).
You can study this course part-time over three years. The course is offered wholly online, enabling you to combine study with other commitments.
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of a relevant AQF Level 8 Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent) e.g. biological or behavioural sciences, health or allied health profession, industrial engineering.
In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook initiative, the current demand for tertiary-level qualified occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals is set for continued strong growth in coming years. Government regulators such as WorkSafe Victoria emphasise the need for employers to use qualified OHS professionals. When you graduate you can work in a range of industries including mining, logistics, healthcare, and in the private and public sector. Other options include consulting in ergonomics and occupational health and safety. Our curriculum and assignments are designed to help you develop the diverse range of skills needed in workplaces in Australia and internationally. Areas of study include occupational health and safety (OHS) principles and legislation, public health, health promotion and prevention, green and sustainable ergonomics, and designing for a diverse workforce. You’ll graduate with a thorough understanding of the key requirements to achieve effective work performance and good occupational health and safety outcomes. You’ll have the qualifications to advance your career in this growth area.
The Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health is accredited by the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB). Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. Graduates of the Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health may apply for membership with the Safety Institute of Australia and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Fees and costs
$24,600 per 120 credit points. Please note there are limited CSP places.
Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.
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