Bachelor of Public Health (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

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

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.

As a Dean's Scholar you will make a scholarly contribution to your field of study and to UOW. You will have access to an academic mentor, extended library privileges, invitations to attend School workshops and seminars, and networking events. There's also the opportunity for casual employment in the UOW Faculty of Social Sciences, community research, or projects supervised by leading practitioners or scholars for 15 hours per year.

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:

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Public Health, Social Sciences

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

367

ATAR-SR

90.0

IB Score

28-29

Duration

3 years (6 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

086231G

UAC Code

757653

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

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.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 90.0 or an IB of 28-29. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

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.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

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.


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.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$15,312 (2019)

$91,872 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close
Applications are not accepted for this course; eligible candidates will be identified by an internal selection process.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

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 demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Identify and explain the broad determinants of illness, health and wellbeing, and apply principles of social equity ad fairness in all aspects of public health practice.
2 Understand the primacy of conducting high quality research and the process for undertaking scientific enquiry.
3 Access, critically appraise and apply the best available evidence to address public health issues, and distinguish the costs and benefits of public health interventions.
4 Integrate knowledge of relevant public policy and health care systems into practice.
5 Engage in the political processes to advocate for health, social justice and equity.
6 Demonstrate professional skills, including problem-solving, effective communication, team work, reflective practice and a commitment to ongoing learning and professional development.
7 Intellectually debate the role of food as a social influence on health outcomes and competently assess the quality of food systems and environments.
8 Confidently obtain, analyse, interpret and communicate population data from health surveillance systems and screening programs.
9 Develop, implement and evaluate public health programs to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases among populations.
10 Identify and develop leadership potential for tackling population health problems.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Public Health (Dean's Scholar) requires the successful completion of 144 credit points of subjects, including:

  1. 78 credit points of core subjects;
  2. 48 credit points from one of the Public Health majors; 
  3. 18 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. 

Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.

Students must maintain a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 80% in each year of enrolment, from and including Year 2, to remain enrolled in the Dean's Scholar Program.

Core Subjects

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1
Autumn session
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6
HAS 125 Public Health Achievements and Challenges 6
HAS 111 Essential Academic Skills 6
HAS 115 Chronic Disease Prevention and Control 6
Spring session
HAS 135 Global Health Perspectives on Infectious Diseases 6
HAS 234 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 6
HAS 233 Leadership, Scholarship and Social Change 6
HAS 251 * Introduction to Epidemiology 6
* Only for students undertaking the Social Epidemiology major.  All other students should complete HAS 251 in Year 2 Spring session.
Year 2
Autumn session
HAS 231 Promoting the Public's Health 6
Spring session
HAS 205 Quantitative Research Design and Analysis 6
HAS 251 * Introduction to Epidemiology 6
* Only for students undertaking Food and Society, or Health Promotion as a major.
Year 3
Autumn session
GEOG336 Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists 6
Spring session
HAS 347 ** Social Sciences Project 6
HAS 350 Social Determinants of Indigenous Health 6
**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. 

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Majors

Majors are available in the following areas:

Electives 

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.

Honours

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 Honours level.  For further information refer to the Bachelor of Public Health (Honours).

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

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.

Career opportunities
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Community or Registered Nurse
  • Counsellor
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor
  • Exercise Scientist/Physiologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Worker
  • Industry Health Worker
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Rehabilitator
  • Sports Scientist
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Allied Health Professional
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