Explore diverse areas such as health promotion, health law and ethics, human biology, epidemiology, as well as global, national and Aboriginal health issues.
Develop skills in planning, managing and evaluating health care policy, projects, programs and services.
Create an industry-standard portfolio of work that you can present to future employers.
Learn from academics who come with many years of experience in public health and the health sector.
Study course content that has been specifically mapped to align with the Foundation Competencies for Public Health Graduates in Australia.
Study a 100% online public health degree designed specifically for online learning. With the University of South Australia Online you can take full control over your study, access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.
This degree goes beyond the treatment of individuals and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of populations. Public health encompasses areas as wide-ranging as a chronic disease, the science of ageing, mental health, disaster response, refugee health, injury prevention, and tobacco control.
Your course content is informed by current evidence and leading-edge research in the field. Our curriculum has been designed to align with the Australian Public Health Competency Framework to ensure you graduate with highly sought-after knowledge and skills in the industry.
You’ll explore social and environmental factors that lead to illness or poor health in order to prevent disease, prolong life and improve the health and wellbeing of populations and communities. Along with addressing determinants of poor health, you’ll cultivate the skills to promote and maintain health and wellbeing in populations over a person’s lifespan.
Graduates will enter the workforce with the skills to plan, implement, evaluate and monitor public health functions and activities in a variety of settings. Your public health degree opens up a wide range of employment opportunities within grass-roots community agencies, all levels of government, as well as international aid organisations such as the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, UNIAID and the Red Cross.
What you'll learn
Courses within your first year will develop your foundational knowledge in core areas of public health practice. Your second year focuses on applying your knowledge to simulated real-world scenarios and case studies. In your final year, you’ll gain critical employment skills to develop your career as a leading-edge public health practitioner.
Your public health degree applies a multidisciplinary approach, exploring areas such as health promotion, health law and ethics, human biology, epidemiology, as well as Aboriginal, national and global health issues. Throughout your degree, you’ll learn about policy development, data analysis and reporting, media and advocacy, public events, and community-based education and interventions, and how these strategies can be used to improve the health of populations.
Practical, real-world learning is at the heart of your degree. As a student, you’re encouraged to think just as a public health practitioner would. You’ll evaluate current health services, programs or policies and develop recommendations that take into account Australia’s policy environment and political landscape. In your research project, you’ll also use epidemiological data to investigate how the environment impacts health and specific population groups.
Why a Bachelor of Public Health
As a public health practitioner, you have the potential to truly make a difference in the world around you. From vaccines that prevent disease, laws that reduce the impacts of tobacco and drug use and prenatal services for babies and parents – the impact of public health is far-reaching.
The teaching and learning activities and assessments in your degree have been designed to emulate activities public health practitioners are required to perform in their jobs on a regular basis. Your assessments will contribute to an industry-standard portfolio of work that you can present to future employers.
You’ll be taught by passionate academics and researchers who have decades of experience in public health. We’ve also consulted industry representatives to ensure our course curriculum embeds the skills employers in the public health sector look for.
As a graduate, you’ll meet the six areas of practice outlined in the national competency framework, which has been produced by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia (CAPHIA). These competencies are a minimum prerequisite that can be expected of any Australian public health graduate in the industry. These areas include:
Health Monitoring and Surveillance
Disease Prevention and Control
Health Policy, Planning and Management
Evidence-based Professional Population Health Practice