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Public Health

Public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases. Thus, public health is concerned with the total system and not only the eradication of a particular disease. The three main public health functions are:

  • The assessment and monitoring of the health of communities and populations at risk to identify health problems and priorities.
  • The formulation of public policies designed to solve identified local and national health problems and priorities.
  • To assure that all populations have access to appropriate and cost-effective care, including health promotion and disease prevention services. (World Health Organisation 2016



Public health professionals monitor and diagnose the health concerns of entire communities and promote healthy practices and behaviours to ensure that populations stay healthy. One way to illustrate the breadth of public health is to look at some notable public health campaigns:

  • Vaccination and control of infectious diseases
  • Motor-vehicle safety
  • Safer workplaces
  • Safer and healthier foods
  • Safe drinking water
  • Healthier mothers and babies and access to family planning
  • Decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard (World Health Organisation 2016)


The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students wishing to study part time or entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should contact the course co-ordinator to discuss creating an individual study plan.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
HSC101 Australian Health Care Systems CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A SE HSC111 Ethics in Health Care CO
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry SE HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology CO
Year 2
SBI105 The Life of Cells SE HSC205 Health Care Policy CO
HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management SE
HSC201 Health Promotion CO PMO201 Project Management SE
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion SE
Year 3
NUR210 Health Sociology CO HEA230 Cultural Competence in Healthcare CO
SWK301 Working with & Developing Communities CO NUR342 Evidenced Based Health Research and Practice CO
HSC319 Health Science Project A CO HSC329 Health Science Project B CO
PSY209 Social-Cultural Psychology CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO