Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
079451J
Location:
  • Melbourne
Duration:

Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2018 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (59.20)

Description

Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health by improving social and political systems. It includes environmental, economic, technical, educational and legislative measures.
The Bachelor of Applied Public Health will give you the skills to improve population health, whether it’s to a handful of people or across several continents.
You will learn how to:

  • apply a rigorous evidence-based approach to understand disease determinants
  • plan effective solutions through policy, legislation and advocacy
  • develop and manage public health programs for populations, communities and individuals

Graduates can enter a wide range of public health careers, such as:

  • public health officer
  • community development worker
  • epidemiologist
  • policy analyst
  • program evaluator
  • health educator
  • project officer and consumer advocate

within a variety of organisations such as:

  • government health departments
  • population health units
  • community health centres
  • non-governmental health organisations (NGOs)
  • advocacy groups
  • international health agencies.

The Bachelor of Applied Public Health will give you up to 300 hours of valuable professional placements, concentrated in the third year of the course. Some placements will be available during summer recess, and there are opportunities for interstate or international experience.

Course duration

Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 PUBH100
Foundations in Public Health
BIOL121
Human biological science 1
HLSC120
Indigenous health and culture
PUBH101
Communication and interpersonal skills
Year 1 - Semester 2 PSYC104
Research Design and
Statistics 1
PUBH1XX Epidemiology PUBH103
Epidemiology
(Pre: PUBH100)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 PUBH200
Globalisation, environment and health (Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102)
BIOL122
Human biological science 2
(Pre: BIOL121)
PUBH202
Public health research methods
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102)
PSYC206
Research design and statistics 2
(Pre: PSYC104)
Year 2 - Semester 2 PUBH205
Public health emergency response
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH103)
Elective PUBH204
Public health economics and policy
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
PUBH222
Public health community engagement
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
Year 3 - Semester 1 PUBH300
Public health law and ethics
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
PUBH304
Public health entrepreneurship
(Pre: PHBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
PUBH302
Applied public health 1
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
Year 3 - Semester 2 PUBH303
Communication in public health
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
PUBH310
Community and public health nutrition
(Pre: PUBH200, PUBH205)
EXSC382
Programs and Practices in Health Promotion
PUBH305
Applied public health 2 (Pre: PUBH302)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $8305 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2018

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 89.10 92.50
Median ATAR to receive an offer 63.70 68.33
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 53.15 59.20

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
7 21.21%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 7 21.21%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 16 48.48%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students <5 N/P
All students 33 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Applying for admission

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Direct Applications

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

Melbourne

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

Graduates can work in roles including public health officer, community development worker, epidemiologist, policy analyst, program evaluator, health educator, project officer and consumer advocate. Such roles exist in both the public and private sectors including state and federal health departments, population health units, community health centres, and divisions of general practice, local government, non-governmental health organisations (NGOs), advocacy groups and international health agencies.

Professional experience

The course incorporates up to 300 hours of professional placements, concentrated in the third year of the course. Some placements will be available during summer recess, and there are opportunities for interstate or international experience.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website  to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests.

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

Pathways to further study

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees with specialties in public health and global health.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health by improving social and political systems. It includes environmental, economic, technical, educational and legislative measures.
The Bachelor of Applied Public Health will give you the skills to improve population health, whether it’s to a handful of people or across several continents.
You will learn how to:

  • apply a rigorous evidence-based approach to understand disease determinants
  • plan effective solutions through policy, legislation and advocacy
  • develop and manage public health programs for populations, communities and individuals

Graduates can enter a wide range of public health careers, such as:

  • public health officer
  • community development worker
  • epidemiologist
  • policy analyst
  • program evaluator
  • health educator
  • project officer and consumer advocate

within a variety of organisations such as:

  • government health departments
  • population health units
  • community health centres
  • non-governmental health organisations (NGOs)
  • advocacy groups
  • international health agencies.

The Bachelor of Applied Public Health will give you up to 300 hours of valuable professional placements, concentrated in the third year of the course. Some placements will be available during summer recess, and there are opportunities for interstate or international experience.

Course duration

Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 PUBH100
Foundations in Public Health
BIOL121
Human biological science 1
HLSC120
Indigenous health and culture
PUBH101
Communication and interpersonal skills
Year 1 - Semester 2 PSYC104
Research Design and
Statistics 1
PUBH1XX Epidemiology PUBH103
Epidemiology
(Pre: PUBH100)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 PUBH200
Globalisation, environment and health (Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102)
BIOL122
Human biological science 2
(Pre: BIOL121)
PUBH202
Public health research methods
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102)
PSYC206
Research design and statistics 2
(Pre: PSYC104)
Year 2 - Semester 2 PUBH205
Public health emergency response
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH103)
Elective PUBH204
Public health economics and policy
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
PUBH222
Public health community engagement
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
Year 3 - Semester 1 PUBH300
Public health law and ethics
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
PUBH304
Public health entrepreneurship
(Pre: PHBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
PUBH302
Applied public health 1
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
Year 3 - Semester 2 PUBH303
Communication in public health
(Pre: PUBH100, PUBH102, PUBH1xx)
PUBH310
Community and public health nutrition
(Pre: PUBH200, PUBH205)
EXSC382
Programs and Practices in Health Promotion
PUBH305
Applied public health 2 (Pre: PUBH302)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2867.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $22936.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $68808.00 (2019)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Equivalent to Australian High School completion plus academic IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in all tests).

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Career paths

Graduates can work in roles including public health officer, community development worker, epidemiologist, policy analyst, program evaluator, health educator, project officer and consumer advocate. Such roles exist in both the public and private sectors including state and federal health departments, population health units, community health centres, and divisions of general practice, local government, non-governmental health organisations (NGOs), advocacy groups and international health agencies.

Professional experience

The course incorporates up to 300 hours of professional placements, concentrated in the third year of the course. Some placements will be available during summer recess, and there are opportunities for interstate or international experience.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website  to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests.

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

Pathways to further study

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees with specialties in public health and global health.

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