2019 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Public Health | 2019

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Public Health



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Social Sciences

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757650


The Bachelor of Public Health is an ideal first degree for students interested in a career that enhances the health and quality of life of a population and the environments they live in. Globally, the most common health issues and their causes are largely preventable, and Public Health as a discipline has huge potential to address these problems. Public health professionals do this through building population skills and knowledge, creating supportive environments and policies, delivering health programs and services, and undertaking research on patterns of disease and best-practice interventions. Students will explore health issues from multiple perspectives including social, environmental, physical, cultural and political. A range of professional skills will be developed in obtaining, reviewing and analysing health information; persuasively communicating health information and challenges; planning and managing a health program or project; working with and strengthening communities; and advocating to improve the health of populations.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Identify and explain the broad determinants of illness, health and wellbeing, and apply principles of social equity and fairness in all aspects of public health practice.
2 Understand the primacy of conducing high quality research and the process for undertaking scientific enquiry.
3 Access, critically appraise and apply the best available evidence to address public health issues, and distinguish the costs and benefits of public health interventions.
4 Integrate knowledge of relevant public policy and health care systems into practice.
5 Engage in the political processes to advocate for health, social justice and equity.
6 Demonstrate professional skills, including problem-solving, effective communication, team work, reflective practice and a commitment to ongoing learning and professional development.
7 Intellectually debate the role of food as a social influence on health outcomes and competently assess the quality of food systems and environments.
8 Confidently obtain, analyse, interpret and communicate population data from health surveillance systems and screening programs.
9 Develop, implement and evaluate public health programs to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases among populations.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Public Health requires the successful completion of 144 credit points of subjects, including: 

  1. 72 credit points of core subjects;
  2. 48 credit points from one of the Public Health majors;
  3. 24 credit points of elective subjects selected from the General Schedule.  No more than 12 credit points of elective subjects shall be completed at 100 level.

Students must select a major at the end of the first session of full-time study. 

No more than 60 credit points of 100-level subjects will count towards the degree. 

Core subjects

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn session
HAS 130Social Determinants of Health6Autumn
HAS 125Public Health Achievements and Challenges6Autumn
HAS 111Essential Academic Skills6Autumn
HAS 115Chronic Disease Prevention and Control6Autumn
Spring session
HAS 135Global Health Perspectives on Infectious Diseases6Spring
HAS 234Research Methods in the Social Sciences6Spring
HAS 251 *Introduction to Epidemiology6Spring
* Only for students undertaking the Social Epidemiology major. All other students should complete HAS 251 in Year 2 Spring session.
Year 2
Autumn session
HAS 231Promoting the Public's Health6Autumn
Spring session
HAS 205Quantitative Research Design and Analysis6Spring
HAS 251 **Introduction to Epidemiology6Spring
** Only for students undertaking Food and Society, or Health Promotion as a major.
Year 3
Autumn session
GEOG336Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists6Autumn
Spring session
HAS 347 ***Social Sciences Project6Spring
HAS 350Social Determinants of Indigenous Health6Spring
*** High achieving students interested in undertaking a limited international work placement of three to four weeks in a public health related field during either the Summer or Winter recess periods have the option to complete HAS 380 in place of HAS 347. To be eligible to undertake HAS 380 students must have a minimum credit grade in all 200 level subjects required for the core and major. Students who wish to be eligible to apply for an OS-Help loan should undertake HAS 380 in Autumn session of the final year of the degree.

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.


Majors are available in the following areas:


Students are required to complete 24 credit points of electives from the General Schedule. Subjects from the Sciences or Social Sciences are recommended for this degree.  No more than 12 credit points of elective subjects shall be completed at 100 level.

Dean's Scholar

A Dean's Scholar degree is available for high achieving students. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Public Health (Dean's Scholar)


Students who have achieved a high level of academic performance in the first three years of the Bachelor of Public Health, may apply to complete an additional fourth year at honours level. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Public Health (Honours)

Other Information

For further information email: ssc@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 27 October, 2018