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Public Health

We offer a Bachelor of Public Health that provides foundation studies in health. If you want to understand key issues affecting the health of populations, be able to plan and manage health programs or projects and are interested in a career in public health, health policy and planning, and health services, then studying or researching Public Health is for you.

The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and sport industry workforce.
If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person interested in studying a health or sport course, please contact Rachel Harrigan or phone 6201 2608.

Bachelor of Public Health

The Bachelor of Public Health provides foundation studies in health for those interested in a career in public health, health policy and planning, and health services.

The study program integrates the core public health disciplines with a choice of concentration areas suited to student interests and career intentions, or as required for postgraduate areas of specialist health practice. For example, students may choose to concentrate in nutrition, in psychology, in management, in community education, in marketing, or in sustainability.

Guest lectures are a feature of the coursework. See two examples on UC YouTube featuring Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing, Jane Halton and Professorial Fellow at UC, Michelle Grattan.

With introduction by Professor Tony Capon, a pair of second year students in Public Health gave a presentation on Climate Change and its health impacts in 2012.

Bachelor of Public Health (Honours)

From the start of 2014 it will be possible for successful students to complete an Honours year by research in Public Health. The "umbrella" program is the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). The Honours program includes a Research Colloquium, a Research thesis written with the guidance of an academic supervisor and coursework in research methods. The research and thesis component will be closely related to your field of study and supervised by a research-active academic in the Faculty of Health. The valuable coursework included in the year long program will be undertaken in a multi-disciplinary environment with students in Business, Government, Law and other fields.

Research And Employment Opportunities

The Honours year is designed to extend the research skills of students who have demonstrated merit in their undergraduate course. It aims to allow students to progress to higher degrees by research and prepare them for employment. Students from anywhere in the University (and from outside the University) who meet the entry requirements can apply for the Bachelor of Philosophy Honours program and this guarantees that Public Health students will be exposed to research methods and topics from wide ranging fields of study.

Masters of Ecological Public Health

The Masters in Ecological Public Health prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of fields by drawing on a broad range of courses across public health, environmental health, land use and urban planning, sociology, community development, health promotion and international development. Students may come from a range of backgrounds and the degree can be tailored to meet the interest and needs of students. This interdisciplinary degree has a focus on the ecological model of public health that emphasises and analyses the important interactions between the social, biological, economic and environmental determinants of human health in an ecological framework. The program equips students with skills and knowledge in assessment and management of health hazards and in the development of health promoting and sustaining environments and prepares students to bridge between professions to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary public and environmental health problems.

Public Health Research that Counts

Study and research opportunities with the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health (CeRAPH) will offer broad experience in finding solutions to public health problems. The Centre also focuses on advances in research methods, actively bringing a wide range of disciplinary expertise to bear on the problems it is trying to solve. Current disciplines include epidemiology, psychology, biostatistics, economics, geographic information systems, ecology, policy analysis, sociology and mathematical modelling.

Strong relationships with policy partners and external academic colleagues are fostered. The Centre has a growing reputation for conducting research that leads to compelling insights and policy solutions that really work.


Academic Staff

  • Dr Maggie Jamieson - Health and disenfranchised populations,Health equity,Health reform and methodologically systematic review, Mixed method research
  • Prof. Colin Butler - Sustainability,Human health,Human rights

Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.

Academic Staff