Bachelor of Applied Public Health

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

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. Students 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 students 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 Fee:

International: $70,872

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.


240 credit points.

Subjects you can Study:

Public health

Study Pathways:

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.

Further information:

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.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 6 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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