Public health practitioners address social and environmental factors which prevent disease and prolong the lifespan of the greater public. You’ll work with individuals, groups, communities and organisations across public and private sectors.
In the Health Science (Public Health) degree from University of South Australia you’ll learn diverse approaches including policy development; data analysis and reporting; media and advocacy; public events; community-based education and interventions to create positive change. These methods may be used to tackle global health issues such as COVID-19, heart disease, cancer and mental health.
What you'll need
Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.
What you'll learn
You’ll become equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute as a dynamic and forward-thinking generalist public health practitioner.
Your studies will teach you to engage with communities to promote wellbeing through locally-relevant information and activities. You’ll learn epidemiological techniques to identify patterns in population health, such as prevalence of mental health, novel associations between risk factors and diseases such as diabetes or cancer.
During your first year you’ll understand core areas of practice and in your second year you’ll get to apply that knowledge. In the final year, there will be an emphasis on becoming a public health practitioner and entering the workforce, and career development.
Throughout the degree, you’ll focus on equitable access to health programs and services for priority population groups such as the homeless, Aboriginal people and migrants.
Graduates meet a broad range of industry-relevant public health competencies across six key areas including:
- Health monitoring and surveillance
- Disease prevention and control
- Health protection
- Health promotion
- Health policy, planning and management
- Evidence-based professional population health practice.
You’ll study either one minor or choose from four elective courses. Your minor can be made up from UniSA’s wide list of majors and minors, allowing you to develop a unique combination of knowledge and skills. The four elective courses can be selected from a specific list of courses related to the degree.
The curriculum is aligned to the Australian Public Health Competency Framework and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework. This provides you with transferable skills which can be applied across all levels of government as well as in a variety of organisations like the Australian Red Cross, the Heart Foundation, the Royal Society for the Blind, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
Careers in health are on the rise. In fact, the Australian Government National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan is a $1.3 billion investment aimed at driving a new era of better health care and fuel growth in new firms and industries through research.1
UniSA graduates are eligible for membership with the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and other relevant professional bodies.
Public health practitioners can work in varies roles in Australia and overseas, including:
- Public Health Research Officer: Source, analyse and report on research data and information to inform public health policies or health promotion programs; collaborate with other researchers to develop research methods and interview techniques; possess extensive knowledge of local population and health trends; contribute to the delivery of research planning, policy, reporting and quality management processes in an organisation.
- Health Promotion Officer: Plan and develop policies, strategies and projects which promote health locally, regionally or nationally; grow health awareness among individuals, groups and organisations; run community training courses and workshops; write and produce leaflets, posters, videos and brochures to aid health promotion in different environments; and ensure work is underpinned by up-to-date knowledge of health promotion theory.
- Epidemiologist / Data Analyst: Research, monitor and analyse infectious diseases; collect and analyse health data using a variety of statistical software; educate policy makers, healthcare workers and the community to contain or prevent disease outbreaks.
- Wellness and Lifestyle Coordinator: Design, evaluate and execute lifestyle programs; contribute to the social and emotional life of populations; establish relationships and networks to promote a healthier life.
- Community Development Officer: Deliver innovative programs and community engagement plans; identify and leverage funding opportunities; develop consultation activities; engage with stakeholders to deliver activities aimed at improving community health outcomes.
- Women’s Health Officer: Address the social, political and environmental causes of gender inequities impacting the health and wellbeing of women through research and advocacy for systemic change; deliver training and education programs on women’s health issues and gender awareness; raise awareness of health and wellbeing issues experienced by women.
- Aboriginal Health Officer: Deliver high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care services in urban, regional, rural and remote locations across Australia; educate and train non-Aboriginal organisations; advocate for culturally respectful and needs based approaches to improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Clinical Trials Coordinator: Conduct and implement clinical trials through site set up, ongoing liaison and data monitoring for quality control, project management and monitoring of participants.
- Health Policy Analyst: Research, report and manage healthcare policies and programs, with a focus on evaluating and improving current policies that consider the health of the public.
- Public Health Manager: Maintain healthcare standards, manage finances, coordinate treatment programs, and provide an efficient healthcare operation.
- Health Systems and Services
- Aboriginal Health: Culture, Community and Country
- Physiology Essentials 100
- Health Promotion Concepts
- Human Anatomy 100
- Marketing for Health and Wellbeing
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
There is no closing date for submitting your application.
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- Meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent
- Qualify for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), and achieved a competitive Selection
- Rank (ATAR), or
- Complete secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE, or
- Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points
- Higher education study
- Complete or partly complete a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution, or
- Complete at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) courses at undergraduate level or above
- CRICOS CODE 0100073
International32600 AUD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 32600 AUD per year during 36 months.
Domestic: Commonwealth Supported
Living costs for Adelaide
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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