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Potential careers

Our Public Health courses result in nationally and internationally recognised qualifications providing the basis for a variety of careers.

Opportunities exist locally or globally – see what some of our previous graduates have done and where they have worked under our Graduate’s Stories section.

Biostatistician Biostatisticians develop and apply statistical methods to scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine, epidemiology, and public health.

Biostatisticians work in a wide range of industries, including contract research, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medicine, health care, clinical trials, health education, software development, and other specialized science and medical fields. Jobs can be found in hospitals, research centres, universities, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, or in other organizations that support statistical research in the health sciences. With a solid background in the recommended subject areas, future biostatisticians can look forward to promising and gainful employment.

Environmental Health Professionals Environmental Health Professionals are concerned with protecting the health and well being of the community and our environment.

Environmental health is an interesting and challenging career. Environmental Health professionals are concerned with protecting the health and well being of the community and our environment. Graduates may pursue a career in environmental public health as an Environmental Health Officer with Local, State and Federal Government agencies. The scope of work and responsibilities of a graduate in the management of environmental hazards is very broad and may differ from one employer to another. Employment opportunities for graduates also exist with health agencies in overseas countries.

Epidemiologist Epidemiologists study the frequency and distribution of diseases within human populations and environments.

In an epidemiological study, the investigators try to determine if any factor is associated with the health effect. Therefore, epidemiologists try to compare groups of people who are alike except for the risk factor under evaluation. Since epidemiology is concerned with the patterns of disease occurrence and the factors that influence these patterns, epidemiology is fundamental in all health-related areas, including the practice of public health and preventive medicine.

Epidemiologists often work on developing or refining methods of measuring and evaluating disease occurrences; develop and recommend public health policy; and study or research chronic diseases, infectious diseases, disease outbreaks, injuries, occupations, and environments, among other functions.

Food Scientist or Technologist The Food science and technology degrees provide excellent prospects for employment within Australia and overseas in a number of areas

Graduates have an understanding of the diverse nature of food systems, in-depth knowledge of food processing techniques together with a strong understanding of food usage, storage and management. Some of possible careers are Food Technologist, Scientific Officer, Product development Officer or Manager, Quality Assurance or Control Officer, Production Manager, Technical Controller, Food Microbiologist, Research & Development Officer, Sales and Marketing Officer or Manager. For more information on possible careers in food science and technology in Australia please visit the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology website at http://www.aifst.asn.au/.

Health Information Manager The Health Information Management degree provides excellent prospects for employment within Australia and overseas in a number of areas.

Health information is pivotal to clinical care, and is used as a base for health care planning, management and legal decisions, clinical research and epidemiology, and for evaluating the standards and quality of health care. It is for this reason Health Information Managers need to have a strong clinical understanding in addition to extensive training in information technology and systems, data and database management and staff management. Employment opportunities includes roles such as:

  • Project Manager, Systems Analyst, Business Analysis and Health Information Consultant for the development of a new system to capture health information,
  • Health Information Service Manager, Clinical Classification Officer, Systems Manager and Freedom of Information Officer for the management of health information,
  • Data Manager, Data Mining Analyst, Casemix Analyst, Quality & Safety Coordinator, Policy Officer, Clinical Governance Officer, Clinical Researcher or Epidemiologist/Statistician for the analysis of health information.

Health Promotion Professional Health Promotion Professionals have the knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs in various settings including clinics, schools, worksites and the community

Employment can be found in programs at the Health Department of Western Australia in areas such as Injury Control, Disease Control, Women’s Cancer, Alcohol & Other Drugs and QUIT. In addition graduates are employed in non-government organisations such as the National Heart Foundation, Asthma Foundation, Cancer Foundation and Divisions of General Practice or health related research.

Nutritionist Nutritionists advise individuals and the community about food choices for a healthy and nutritious diet.

Nutritionists do this by using their extensive knowledge of the nutritive value of foods, the important nutrients required by the body at different stages of development, and the role of nutrients and diet in health and the prevention of disease. Nutritionists can be involved in the research and development of new food products and they may also do research into the role of nutrients and dietary patterns in health and disease.

Occupational Health and Safety Professional Occupational Health and Safety Professionals use their skills to assess the likelihood of harm to employees as a means to prevent injury and illness.

Health and safety is fundamental to the success of an organisation. An OHS Professional integrates effective hazard control and management systems into the organisation, enabling best use of resources. This is a challenging and highly rewarding career found in most industries and government.