Public Health is the art and science of promoting healthy people, places and policies. Public Health improves the health and quality of life of a population, by working to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote health through scientifically analysing populations and generating solutions to problems.
This degree will provide you with an understanding of the key issues affecting the health of populations. You will develop skills in obtaining, reviewing and analysing health information; planning and managing a health program or project, and in improving the health of populations.
High achieving students can undertake an Honours year at the conclusion of the degree to further develop and apply their research skills. Professional Recognition Graduates can apply to be a full member of the Public Health Association of Australia.
What you will study
During the UOW Bachelor of Public Health, you will learn the basics of the health sector and develop an understanding of the problems involving health, illness, treatment and welfare. There is an emphasis on the scientific basis of public health, together with social policy and communication aspects. The following majors are available:
Food and Society
Course Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:
Identify and explain the broad determinants of illness, health and wellbeing, and apply principles of social equity and fairness in all aspects of public health practice.
Understand the primacy of conducting high-quality research and the process for undertaking a scientific enquiry.
Access, critically appraise and apply the best available evidence to address public health issues, and distinguish the costs and benefits of public health interventions.
Integrate knowledge of relevant public policy and health care systems into practice.
Engage in the political processes to advocate for health, social justice and equity.
Demonstrate professional skills, including problem-solving, effective communication, teamwork, reflective practice and a commitment to ongoing learning and professional development.
Intellectually debate the role of food as a social influence on health outcomes and competently assess the quality of food systems and environments.
Confidently obtain, analyse, interpret and communicate population data from health surveillance systems and screening programs.
Develop, implement and evaluate public health programs to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases among populations.
The Bachelor of Public Health requires the successful completion of 144 credit points of subjects, including:
72 credit points of core subjects;
48 credit points from one of the Public Health majors;
24 credit points of elective subjects selected from the General Schedule. No more than 12 credit points of elective subjects shall be completed at 100 level.
Students must select a major at the end of the first session of full-time study.
No more than 60 credit points of 100-level subjects will count towards the degree.
Social Determinants of Health
Public Health Achievements and Challenges
Essential Academic Skills
Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
Global Health Perspectives on Infectious Diseases
Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Introduction to Epidemiology
* Only for students undertaking the Social Epidemiology major. All other students should complete HAS 251 in Year 2 Spring session.
Promoting the Public's Health
Quantitative Research Design and Analysis
HAS 251 **
Introduction to Epidemiology
** Only for students undertaking Food and Society, or Health Promotion as a major.
Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists
Social Sciences Project
Social Determinants of Indigenous Health
*** High achieving students interested in undertaking a limited international work placement of three to four weeks in a public health-related field during either the Summer or Winter recess periods have the option to complete HAS 380 in place of HAS 347. To be eligible to undertake HAS 380 students must have a minimum credit grade in all 200 level subjects required for the core and major. Students who wish to be eligible to apply for an OS-Help loan should undertake HAS 380 in Autumn session of the final year of the degree.
Majors are available in the following areas:
Food and Society
Students are required to complete 24 credit points of electives from the General Schedule. Subjects from the Sciences or Social Sciences are recommended for this degree. No more than 12 credit points of elective subjects shall be completed at 100 level.
A Dean's Scholar degree is available for high achieving students. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Public Health (Dean's Scholar).
Students who have achieved a high level of academic performance in the first three years of the Bachelor of Public Health may apply to complete an additional fourth year at an honours level. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Public Health (Honours).
Accreditation & professional recognition
Graduates can apply to be a full member of the Public Health Association of Australia.
Why choose this course
UOW is home to public health researchers who are leaders in their field in Australia and internationally. Our academics will supervise and encourage you to build your own Public Health career in whatever avenue you choose. At UOW you will have the opportunity to develop your practical public health skills and professional networks, making you a career-ready UOW graduate.
Community or Registered Nurse
Health Promotion Officer
Industry Health Worker
Allied Health Professional
A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy.
For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.
Credit for Prior Learning
If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.
English Requirements for international students
The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:
Overall Score: 6.5
Overall Score: 86
UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)
Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.