Public Health is the study of the principles and practices of protecting, promoting, maintaining and restoring the health of the community.
The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the goals of public health including the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, premature death and disease-induced discomfort and disability in the population. It also involves developing an understanding of environmental factors affecting health.
Courses in Public Health develop skills in:
- advising on measures to reduce injury and disease
- educating the community on health risks, safety procedures and techniques
- evaluating, observing and recognising factors which may cause illness in the workplace and the community
This field comprises the following detailed fields:
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Environmental Health
- Indigenous Health
- Health Promotion
- Community Health
- Public Health, n.e.c.
Thinking about a job in this field?
Check out the courses available in this field at various Australian universities and alternative study pathway options. If you'd like to speak with someone, discuss with your Career Advisor at school, or contact the Indigenous Education Unit at any of the Australian Universities, and they’ll be able to offer advice on available local information and student support services.