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Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health in communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

The Public Health major provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

Highlights

2 in Australia for public health

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

27 in the world for public health

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Public health researcher
  • Health promotion officer
  • Environmental health officer
  • Policy and research officer
  • Economic consultant
  • Health costing consultant

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Understanding Health Behaviours
  • Nutrition in the Lifespan
  • Community & Public Health Nutrition

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In Semester 2, 2021, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options for students who can't attend in person. Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

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