Bachelor of Public Health

General

Program Description

Overview

  • Choose an elective area of studies such as community nutrition, Indigenous health, family and gender issues, health management, and general studies in psychology.
  • Complete 180 hours of professional placements, both in Australia and overseas, to gain real experience and industry contacts.
  • Prepare yourself for a career in health education and promotion, policy development, epidemiology, risk management, and disease prevention.

Why choose this course?

This course offers the flexibility to concentrate your studies in areas that align with career opportunities. You will choose five elective units from areas that include community nutrition, Indigenous health, family and gender issues, health management and general studies in psychology. You may choose to tailor the program for further study and a career as a registered environmental health officer or occupational health and safety officer.

During this course, you will complete 180 hours of professional placement. This provides an opportunity for you to work alongside industry professionals and contribute to real projects. These may be completed in metropolitan and regional areas in Queensland, or overseas. Recently, our students have been placed with non-government organizations such as Cancer Council and the Heart Foundation, preventative health government departments, community and advocacy groups, and internationally with our partners in Vietnam, Cambodia, and India.

An understanding of the biological, social, cultural, economic and physical factors that underpin the health of a community can be applied to many health disciplines. You will be taught by professionals with backgrounds in medicine, nursing, research, policy development, and health service management. Our graduates are strategic thinkers who can apply their knowledge to develop innovative solutions that create improved health and quality of life for everyone.

What to expect

Public health professionals understand how factors such as gender, socioeconomic status and access to education can affect health. They apply this knowledge to develop and deliver health programs, services, and policies that improve the health and wellbeing of entire populations. They may specialize in preventing the spread of disease, promoting health services, developing policies and practices that deliver fair and equitable health systems, creating safer work environments, investigating sustainable environmental practices, advocating for minority groups, or encouraging communities to adopt healthy lifestyle choices.

Double degrees

You can widen your career possibilities even further by pairing this degree with one in a complimentary area such as nursing, human services or professional communication.

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Career outcomes

Many graduates work in local, state or national health departments. Their role may focus on health education and promotion, policy development, epidemiology, risk management, and disease prevention. Graduates may also work in non-government and community organizations or as project officers in international health agencies.

By completing further studies such as a graduate diploma or masters degree, you can specialize in disease control; health promotion; health, safety, and the environment; or health management.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Public Health Association of Australia and the Australian Health Promotion Association.

Possible careers

  • Administrator
  • Community Health Officer
  • Community Worker
  • Epidemiologist
  • Government Officer
  • Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Home Economist
  • Information Officer
  • Manager
  • Policy Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Public Health Officer
  • Public Health Program Manager

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Last updated September 2019

About the School

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a real-world focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest-growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Our graduates in ... Read More

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a real-world focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest-growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of these awarded in the past six years. Read less
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