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The University of Wollongong has provided post graduate education in occupational health and safety since 2000. Following a UOW review of the previous Master of Science (OHS) and Master of Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice), the WHS academic program was totally revamped and a new Post Graduate Diploma and Master of Work Health and Safety was launched at the beginning of 2015.

After an exhaustive process where the delivery of the new program to date and the planned roll- out of the program into 2016 were examined the UOW post graduate programs were awarded accreditation by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.

Offered through a blend of online and on-campus sessions, the Post Graduate component of the program provides generalist OHS education. Those who take on the extra study for the Masters develop skills in OHS research applicable to the workplace and have the opportunity to take a specialist unit in either occupational hygiene or ergonomics.

Pam Pryor, Registrar of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board commented that the program has the potential to make a strong contribution to OHS education in Australia.

She went on to say that “it is not our usual practice to accredit programs that are still in the implementation phase but the commitment demonstrated by the university and the staff convinced us that the program should be accredited. As with all accredited programs there will ongoing monitoring.”

This media release is also available as a PDF.

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