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Bachelor of Public Health - 158JA

Course Code: 158JA
Course Version: 4
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Public Health
UAC Code: 365233
CRICOS Code: 071072G
Lowest Selection Rank: 60.25
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Start your journey towards a career in health

If your career goal is to improve the health of the population, either within Australia or internationally, and you’re keen to gain knowledge and skills in public health, then this course is a great choice. A highly flexible multidisciplinary degree, you can broaden your qualification even further by complementing your public health studies with other areas, such as sports science, psychology, counselling, marketing, management, international studies, human nutrition, community studies and biology. The full-time or part-time course provides an effective overview and foundation of public health for a variety of disciplines, such as physiotherapy, nutrition, dietetics, exercise science, Indigenous health, occupational therapy, nursing and medicine.

You’ll be taught by a diverse team of academics with professional experience across the public health spectrum and exceptional teaching expertise. They’ll help you explore the breadth of the public health arena with the view to choosing a career path that’s right for you. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to work in a range of local, national and international settings, including public and private sectors, government health departments, population health units, community health centres, divisions of general practice, non-governmental health organisations, advocacy groups and health agencies. If you’d prefer to take part in further study, this course is excellent grounding for the postgraduate Public Health course offered by UC’s Faculty of Health.

Study a Bachelor of Public Health at UC and you will:

  • deepen and broaden your knowledge of public health
  • demonstrate high-level understanding of public health principles and practices
  • understand key issues affecting the health of populations
  • learn how to obtain, review and analyse health information
  • plan, manage and evaluate public health programs or projects
  • specialise in a variety of health fields.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is integral to this course, with students able to choose between undertaking an internship placement in a public health area of interest or a research project. If you select the work experience option, you’ll complete 80 hours of professional placement. Previous Public Health students have undertaken internships with organisations including Queanbeyan Health Service, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Belconnen Community Service, IRT Group, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Healthy Schools Network ACT, the Australian Breastfeeding Association, the Heart Foundation ACT, the Physical Activity Foundation, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health and the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Health.

If you decide to complete a research project, you’ll be encouraged to link your area of study to professional practice, investigating a real-world healthcare issue in a public health field which interests you. You’ll develop valuable skills in project management, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, effective communication, problem solving and critical thinking.

If you’d like to study overseas, faculty-led internships to a variety of countries can be applied for, which can count as credit towards your degree.

Career opportunities

  • Public health officer
  • Community health officer
  • Health policy officer
  • Health project officer
  • Health program officer
  • Health educator
  • Epidemiological officer
  • Healthy lifestyle project officer
  • Public health communications officer
  • Policy officer
  • Advocacy officer

Course-specific information

If you’d like to take part in further study, this course is excellent grounding for the postgraduate Public Health course offered by UC’s Faculty of Health.

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email health.student@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Public Health B PubHealth

Alternate Exit Awards

Associate Degree of Health Studies Diploma of Health Studies

Additional Placement Requirements

This course requires students to meet compulsory placement requirements prior to undertaking professional placement (Work-Integrated Learning) in a clinical or professional setting. For information on what these requirements are and how to meet these requirements, please visit www.canberra.edu.au/placement

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $27,200
2020 CSP $28,200

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Graduate Employment

Graduates can work as community health officers, policy officers, program evaluators, public health promoters and educators, project officers and consultants. Graduates can work in both public and private sectors including state and federal health departments, population health units, community health centres, divisions of general practice, non-governmental health organisations, advocacy groups and international health agencies.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
1. Graduates will be able to demonstrate high-level understanding of public health principles and practices. 1. Communication
Graduates will be able to: a) express knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, both orally and in written form, with confidence and clarity; b) present arguments and ideas effectively; c) actively listen and respond to the ideas of other people; d) negotiate effectively; and e) create and present new ideas.
4. Problem solving
Graduates will be able to identify problems and analyse the main features of problems relevant to their professional field.
10. Personal attributes
Graduates will have confidence to challenge existing ideas.
2. Graduates will be able to analyse, evaluate and present public health information from a range of sources. 2. Information literacy and numeracy
Graduates will be able to locate, identify, collate, analyse, manipulate, evaluate, interpret and present information and numerical data.
3. Information and communication technology
Graduates will be able to select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present information.
4. Problem solving
Graduates will be able to: a. identify problems and analyse the main features of problems relevant to their professional field; b. implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems; c. anticipate and define new problems.
7. Professional ethics
Graduates will act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of their profession and their obligations to society.
8. Social responsibility
Graduates will understand economic, political, social, and environmental systems with an international perspective.
10. Personal attributes
Graduates will be independent thinkers and agents for change.
3. Graduates will be able to plan, manage and evaluate public health programs or projects. 1. Communication
Graduates will be able to: a) express knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, both orally and in written form, with confidence and clarity; b) present arguments and ideas effectively; c) actively listen and respond to the ideas of other people; d) negotiate effectively; and e) create and present new ideas.
4. Problem solving
Graduates will be able to: a. identify problems and analyse the main features of problems relevant to their professional field; b. apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking; c. implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems; and d. anticipate and define new problems.
5. Working with others
Graduates will be able to: a. work with others as part of a group; b. take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks; c. be aware of the different roles and responsibilities of group members; d. evaluate group performance; e. take initiative and demonstrate leadership; and f. respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender.
6. Effective workplace skills
Graduates will: a. demonstrate entrepreneurial skills including creativity, initiative, adaptability, leadership, resourcefulness; b. have the ability to initiate new ideas, implement decisions and cope with uncertainty; and c. be able to function in a multi-cultural or global environment.
7. Professional ethics
Graduates will: a. act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of their profession and their obligations to society; and b. appreciate the social and cultural context of their profession.
8. Social responsibility
Graduates will: a. work toward improvement in society; b. understand economic, political, social, and environmental systems with an international perspective; c. act in environmentally sustainable ways; and d. accept service to the community as the primary purpose for professional life.
10. Personal attributes
Graduates will be confident in themselves and their own skills and knowledge.
4. Graduates will be able to specialise into a variety of health fields. 4. Problem solving
Graduates will be able to identify and resolve new problems in new fields.
9. Lifelong learning
Graduates will: a. be independent self-directed learners with the capacity and motivation for lifelong learning; b. be aware of how they best learn; c. possess self-knowledge and the ability to assess their own performance critically and accurately; and d. have an understanding of how to apply their knowledge and abilities to many different contexts and fields.
10. Personal attributes
Graduates will show commitment to ongoing self-development.
5. Graduates will be able to work collaboratively as part of a team. 5. Working with others
Graduates will be able to: a. work with others as part of a group; b. take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks; c. be aware of the different roles and responsibilities of group members; d. evaluate group performance; e. take initiative and demonstrate leadership; and f. respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender.
10. Personal attributes
Graduates will value and respect differing views.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

Honours

None.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for this course for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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