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Bachelor of Public Health - 158JA

Course Code: 158JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
UC - TAFE Queensland, South Bank
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Public Health
CRICOS Code: 071072G
Selection Rank: 60
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

Are you interested in working in Australia's public health system – one of the most efficient and effective schemes in the world? Our Bachelor of Public Health is the entry point for you.  The degree provides a foundation in health studies for a number of disciplines such as physiotherapy, nutrition, dietetics, exercise science, occupational therapy, nursing and medicine. You can broaden your qualification even further by complementing your public health studies with other areas such as sports science, psychology, marketing, management, international studies, human nutrition and biology.

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 into a variety of health fields.

Career opportunities

  • community health officer
  • policy officer
  • program evaluator
  • public health promoter and educator
  • project officer
  • health consultant

Course specific information

Upon graduation you will have a broad range of employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors. These 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.

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

None.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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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

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree 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.


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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - TAFE Queensland, South Bank-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - TAFE Queensland, South Bank-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - TAFE Queensland, South Bank-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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