This major is available at Herston only

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What will I study

To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health including: epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

Courses include:

  • Major Diseases and their Control – a snapshot of the major non-communicable - diseases affecting the human population.
     
  • Environmental Health – biological, chemical and physical hazards, and how to assess and control the risks they pose.
     
  • Global Health and Infectious Disease – a broad introduction to major global health problems with an emphasis on infectious disease in resource poor countries.
     
  • Understanding Health Behaviours – an overview of behavioural risk factors for major chronic diseases at a population level.
     
  • Health Services Planning and Evaluation – how do we assess health need and develop health services that will address those needs
     
  • Nutrition in the Lifespan – nutritional and dietary requirements of humans for different periods of their lifespan and for specific physiological states.
     
  • Health Systems and Policy – provides a critical examination of the major health challenges facing our health system and the policy responses aiming to address those challenges.
     
  • Legal and Ethical Principles in Health – contemporary issues and approaches in law & ethics for health professionals.
     
  • Influencing Health Behaviours – an overview of an evidence-based approach to the development, implementation and evaluation of health behaviour interventions.

Year 1 to 3 Courses

Year 1

Semester 1

 

PUBH1103 Health Systems & Policy

St Lucia

 

 

Semester 2

 

PUBH1102 Introduction to Public Health

St Lucia

Year 2

Semester 1

 

HLTH3000 Legal & Ethical Principles in Health

Herston

PUBH2008 Major Diseases & their Control

Herston

 

 

Semester 2

 

NUTR2003 Nutrition in the Lifespan

Herston

PUBH2004 Understanding Health Behaviours

St Lucia

PUBH2007 Health Research Methods

Herston

Year 3

Semester 1

 

PUBH3002 Health Policy in Practice

Herston

PUBH3005 Influencing Health Behaviours

Herston

PUBH3009 Environmental Health

Herston

 

 

Semester 2

 

PUBH3001 Health Services Planning and Evaluation

Herston

PUBH3010 Global Health & Infectious Disease

Herston

HLTH3007 Research Project

Herston

 

Public health is an excellent choice if you are keen to pursue a clinical career in areas like medicine or allied health. It gives future clinicians a broad understanding of health and disease and allows you to consider the systems in which you will work. 

A public health major can also lead you to a career in:

  • public health; 
  • working with government; and 
  • non-profit or private health based organisations. 

The major also provides an excellent pathway into the Masters of Public Health or you can pursue public health research via honours and postdoctoral research.

 

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First Years - St Lucia

First Year Guide 2017 for St Lucia Students

First Years - Gatton

First Year Guide 2017 for Gatton Students

First Years - Gatton (External)

First Year Guide 2017 for External Gatton Students