Study public health

Our public health programs help you make a real difference to local and international communities through extensive study area options and opportunities for industry placement, networking and mentorships.

Why public health at QUT?

  • Design your own public health degree with a range of study areas and university-wide electives to choose from.
  • Professional placements in Australia and overseas offer valuable insight into the industry and prepare you for graduate positions.
  • We are the only Queensland provider of a degree in the emerging area of health information management.
  • Learn from professionals with experience that includes senior management roles, policy and service development, hospitals and health services, consultancy and research.

What is public health at QUT?

Public health professionals are skilled in developing and delivering health initiatives that focus on improving the health and wellbeing of whole populations, locally and on a global scale. Health information managers support these efforts through the provision of quality health information.

Our courses and research areas reflect these areas of strength and expertise:

  • emergency and disaster management
  • environmental health
  • epidemiology and biostatistics
  • health information management
  • health promotion
  • health service management
  • indigenous health
  • occupational health and safety.

Choose your area of specialisation

The undergraduate public health degree offers the flexibility to design a study program in areas that interest you. It's a great opportunity to explore aspects of public health and develop your own unique mix of knowledge and skills. If you're studying a Bachelor of Public Health you can also study units from other areas at the university including justice, business, media and communication, psychology and nutrition.

The undergraduate health information management degree includes study in medical science, management and eHealth. You'll learn in cross-disciplinary settings with students in health and other degrees at QUT. A degree in health information management offers opportunities to work in a variety of health settings.

Our postgraduate programs offer a range of major study areas suitable for professionals from a variety of health practice backgrounds who want to develop knowledge and skills for executive leadership roles, or entry roles in environmental health, occupational health and safety, and other health areas

Get industry experience

Undergraduate students can complete professional placements in metropolitan and regional areas in Queensland, or travel overseas to learn more about international healthcare systems. We work closely with leading universities and research centres around the world, and recently our students have travelled to Vietnam, India and Cambodia.

If you study a Bachelor of Health Information Management you'll visit professionals working in local hospitals, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations, which offers an insight into the profession and valuable networking opportunities. Industry placements during second and third years prepare you for your transition into the workplace.

Take the next step in your career

We offer a suite of short course and postgraduate degree programs that have been designed for:

  • professionals interested in a career in public health
  • mid-career professionals seeking advancement
  • clinicians looking to broaden their range of expertise.

A career in research

Our research responds to the demand for better public health services, the promotion of better health and wellbeing, improved disease and illness prevention, and policy development to achieve fairer, more inclusive societies.

Our researchers are drivers of change and have been recognised by industry bodies for their innovation. Articles about our recent research include:

The majority of our research is conducted through our Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). Encompassing prevention, intervention and translation, IHBI is focused on ensuring that better health becomes a reality in our lifetime. Our researchers work in multidisciplinary teams across multiple sites, including hospitals.

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