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:
- Population and Environment
- Health Promotion
- Health Communication and Marketing Studies
- Indigenous Health
- Health Administration
Health & Medicine, Public Health, Social Sciences
3 years (6 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent.
Information on Fees, Assumed Knowledge and Key Dates
Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.
The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:
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.
Session Fee: $14,424
Full Course Fee: $86,544
Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.
Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.
Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English
UOW Early Admission is how your high marks in Years 11 and 12 can earn you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate, an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate, in Australia only. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.
Below is the indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree. These are the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.
At least three ATAR Category A subjects with a minimum of 70% in standard subjects and/or 65% in Extension subjects.
Indicative Criteria Dean's Scholar
At least three ATAR Category A subjects with a minimum of 85% in standard subjects and/or 80% in Extension subjects.
Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:
- Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
- A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
- A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
- Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
- A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
- TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
- Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.
Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:
- University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
- Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.
Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.
27 February 2017
Key dates are:
- Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 30 September.
- Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 20 January 2017.
- International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.
Orientation: 21 - 23 February
Session: 27 February - 22 June
(Current year structure - subject to change)
Course Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from the Bachelor of Public Health will be able to:
- Identify and explain the broad determinants of illness, health and wellbeing.
- Discuss major local, national, and global health challenges.
- Distinguish the interconnectedness among the physical, social, policy and environmental aspects of population health.
- Recognise social and cultural diversity 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 robust scientific enquiry.
- Confidently obtain, review and analyse population health data.
- Access, critically appraise and apply the best available evidence to address public health issue.
- Develop, implement and evaluate public health programs.
- Communicate health information to a wide range of audiences through diverse media.
- Demonstrate professional skills, including problem-solving, team work, reflective practice and ongoing learning and professional development.
- Conceptualise key issues and concepts related to a selected major.
To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Public Health a student must complete a total of at least 144 credit points.
Students must select a major study normally at the end of the first session of full-time study.
Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.
Majors are available in the following areas:
- Health Administration
- Health Communication & Marketing Studies
- Health Promotion
- Indigenous Health
- Population and Environment
Depending on the major selected, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Public Health may be eligible to complete one of the following minors subject to availability of places in the minor study subjects:
High achieving students may be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Public Health (Honours) which is designed as an additional fourth year of study to provide students with the opportunity to undertake research in an area of public health.
For further information refer to the separate entry for 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.
- Biomedical Researcher
- Community or Registered Nurse
- Exercise Scientist/Physiologist
- General Practitioner
- Health Administrator
- Health Promotion Officer
- Health Worker
- Industry Health Worker
- Laboratory Technician
- Sports Administrator
- Rehabilitation Specialist
- Sports Rehabilitator
- Sports Scientist
- Scientific Researcher
- Allied Health Professional