Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health

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Make a real difference to people and their communities

If you have a genuine interest in the health and wellbeing of people and want to make real changes in the community, the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health is for you.

What is it like?

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health will arm you with the knowledge and skills you need to help protect others. You will confidently be able to:

  • identify environmental hazards and harmful influences on human health
  • investigate and assess problems to provide realistic solutions
  • integrate health sciences to develop interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving
  • analyse information and data and compare it with known criteria to assess the impact on human health
  • develop and implement plans to prevent or minimise any adverse effects on the community, or on individuals
  • work and communicate with many types of people in a diverse range of environments and organisations.

At Massey, we have a lot of experience in helping people like you to achieve their goals, so help is always at hand.

A good fit if you:

  • Hold a relevant degree (or equivalent) in applied science, health science, nursing, science or technology
  • Enjoy communicating with people or communities with varying backgrounds
  • Want a job with a wide variety of work, where no two days are the same
  • Enjoy using your initiative to devise workable solutions to problems that really make a difference
  • Are interested in analysing and critiquing trends, patterns, information and data
  • Want to play an integral role in improving the health, safety and wellbeing of the nation by looking for interconnections between people, their health and the environment
Neil Corlett
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health
Senior Instructor Combat Health SupportEnvironmental Health Officer – Logistic Operations School, New Zealand Army

“I found the programme thoroughly engaging and enjoyable…”

I was after some more applied skill-sets to stimulate more opportunity to get out of the office.

The environmental health arena is vast in its spectrum of applicability, in New Zealand as well as overseas in less developed nations. My qualification will be useful regardless of my future role – in or out of uniform.

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health programme was very applied – there were plenty of examples and fieldwork to ensure students had hands-on experience with the methods and techniques for environmental sampling and analysis.

This was balanced nicely with the theoretical concepts underpinning the science of environmental health. The mix of distance education and block courses was excellent for maintaining a work/study/life balance and for studying at my own pace, while also enabling social networking with potential future colleagues.

The lecturers were very experienced and had a passion for both the subject and teaching. This meant they were accessible and approachable with regard to learning support and advice for project work.

There is a range of jobs available to people experienced in environmental health, in areas such as health and safety, public health, human resources and occupational/industrial hygiene.

My role involves developing training and providing instruction to officers and soldiers on health planning considerations for military operations. Previously, I was employed as the Preventive Health Platoon Commander, in charge of one of the army’s premier force health protection units.


With a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health, you’ll be ready for a wide range of careers. Typically, they include a mix of indoor and outdoor work. Most jobs in environmental health involve working with people to promote a healthier environment in which to live.

Two key occupations are health protection officers (HPOs) with district health boards, and environmental health officers (EHOs) with local councils.

Here are just some examples of the types and fields of work that await you:

Central government

  • Ministry of Primary Industries
  • Ministry of Health
  • Environmental Protection Authority
  • Technical advisors
  • Policy analysts
  • Programme managers

Local government

  • Health protection officers or environmental health officers
  • Involved in public health advice, food safety/Food Act compliance
  • Building inspection
  • Liquor licensing work
  • Resource consenting
  • Disaster management and emergency planning
  • Waste management
  • Water quality management

Private sector

  • Consultancies and industry
  • Food quality assurance
  • Workplace and environmental safety
  • Waste management
  • Food safety auditing
  • Environmental quality assurance

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