Public Health

Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organised efforts of society. In the field of public health you will learn about the range of social, environmental, biological and individual determinants of health and how they can be changed to improve the health of individuals and the entire population.

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What is Public Health?

Health – as defined by the World Health Organisation is “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity“. It is also one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction. Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organised efforts of society.

In the field of Public Health you will learn about the range of social, environmental, biological and individual determinants of Health and how they can be changed to improve the health of individuals and the entire population. You will also learn about the appropriate measurement and monitoring of health and of strategies to lead change in a complex and diverse discipline.

Our course is flexible…

The course is designed to accommodate students from varying backgrounds. Students study a combination of multidisciplinary core units and public health units which examine environmental health, health promotion, nutrition, occupational health and safety, epidemiology and biostatistics, health administration and evaluation. Those students who have studied and completed some of these units or their equivalent in previous courses may select appropriate options in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

The course provides individuals currently working in the health field with advanced course work in public health that is specifically designed to broaden their knowledge, competence and skills. The course attracts students who are health professionals including doctors, health educators, health administrators, nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dentists, podiatrists, psychologists, dieticians, radiographers, audiologists, speech therapists, environmental health scientists and educators.