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Why study at UOW

Help people - millions at a time - through a Public Health course at UOW.

Societies all over the world face huge disease burdens, including chronic disease and lifestyle related conditions such as obesity and diabetes. The prevention of these illnesses, injuries and disabilities is the core business of public health. Your public health degree will allow you to work with communities and populations to improve health outcomes and contribute to a sustainable community.

Apply now to start making an impact on your world.

First in Australia

The 2019 Good Universities Guide rated UOW as the top university in Australia for learning resources in Health Services and Support.

The Federal Government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2018 as second among all universities in New South Wales and the ACT for Health Services and Support.


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Studying a Bachelor of Public Health, majoring in Health Promotion, has provided Indi with an outlet for her love of sport. She wants to encourage young Indigenous people to participate in sport and physical activity.

Why study Public Health

  • Public Health is about improving the health of a whole community.

  • With three majors in the undergraduate program, you can choose to study what you really love.

  • All majors offer specialist knowledge and skills that are central to a range of diverse public health positions. Options include Food and Society, Health Promotion, and Epidemiology.
  • Your degree includes professional experience and opportunities to incorporate workplace-based training so that you can develop your business and professional skills. 
  • Learn from the best: our staff are active practitioners and researchers in their area of specialisation and are dedicated to enriching your learning through their experiences. 
  • Your teachers are very accessible and are interested in supporting your learning needs and future career aspirations. 
  • Graduates can apply to be a full member of the Public Health Association of Australia. 

  • Put your skills to good health: use your established skills to make an impact on the health and wellbeing of a community.

  • You can study the Master of Public Health in 12 months or the Master of Public Health Advanced in 18 months, with recognised prior learning. 
  • Choose from one of three specialisations to focus your studies on: Health Promotion, Public Health Nutrition, and Social Marketing for Health.

  • UOW offers flexible course delivery with a combination of online and intensive face-to-face learning from industry experts, so you can easily balance study with full-time work.

  • We have Commonwealth supported places available.

  • Graduates of the Master of Public Health may apply for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.

  • Our size means that we are truly student-centred, striving to provide our students with individual attention, available staff, dedicated research supervisors and a personal approach.

  • UOW is home to public health researchers who are international leaders in their field. The multidisciplinary approach to learning and teaching at UOW enables a valuable interdisciplinary experience and academic input from public health, statistics, epidemiology, medicine, health promotion, nutrition, law and health services.

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Overview of careers

There are many avenues of career progression in public health, including in government health departments, health and medical research, community health promotion, environmental health, public service, disease prevention and research. The range of specialty areas is equally broad, and can include nutrition and physical activity promotion, tobacco control, injury prevention, and even infectious disease control and much more.

  • Health promotion officer
  • Indigenous health officer
  • Environmental health officer
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Public health program coordinator
  • Public health project manager
  • Public health research officer
  • Epidemiologist 

UOW is in the top 1% for graduates as rated by global employers: UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking in the 151-200 band in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

Holly Jones testimonial Public Health

Public Health provides the opportunity to make improvements in many people’s health and potentially reach people before they require clinical services. The course delivery was flexible, which meant I could balance my study requirements around full-time work and personal responsibilities. Now I have been able to apply the skills and knowledge I learned in my studies in my job, which has given me greater confidence in my work. 

Holly Jones
Master of Public Health Advanced 2014
Assistant Director, Food and Nutrition Policy,
Australian Government Department of Health 

Heather Yeatman PH Testimonial

Research is currently underway at UOW into the many facets that contribute to good nutrition both prior to and during pregnancy. If diet and exercise were not a priority before falling pregnant, those next nine months (well, 10 actually, but who’s counting?) are the ideal time to reconsider. Read more about this research here

Healthy Mums, Healthy Bubs?
Good nutrition provides babies with the best start in life – but is it happening?

Public Health Testimonial Kate Linsley

I aim to pursue a career where I am able to use my knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life for individuals in disadvantaged circumstances. For example, those who are suffering health issues, reside in unsanitary housing, are not educated about the importance of hygiene, minority groups etc. I am passionate about using my education to better the lives of others in a less fortunate position.

Kate Linsley
Bachelor of Social Science (Dean's Scholar)
Major in Public Health, Minor in Psychology 

Lyn Phillipson testimonial image

Dr Lyn Phillipson began her career as a physiotherapist working in aged and dementia care. Driven by a passion for community empowerment, she returned to study over a decade later, culminating in her PhD research which explored factors influencing the use of respite services by carers of people with dementia. Read more about her work here 

Lyn Phillipson
School of Health and Society, UOW 

Public Health Testimonial Nicole Gonzaga

I am passionate about educating people to make wiser and healthier decisions about their health. I want to create initiatives and educational training programs to provide knowledge to people who want to create healthier lives and lifestyles - I love how this will combine organisation, management, communications, psychology and education.

Nicole Gonzaga
Bachelor of Public Health (Epidemiology)