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Study Public Health and prepare for a career in critical sectors such as health promotion, policy making, research and disease prevention.

Choose an undergraduate or postgraduate degree developed and delivered by industry leaders and help shape a better future for indigenous, local and global health settings.

Charles Darwin University and Menzies School of Health Research partner to deliver postgraduate Public Health and health research courses.

Choose CDU for public health courses

  • Join a community of more than 6,500 health and nursing students

    Studying with CDU online or on campus across Australia

  • #5 in Australia for postgraduate teaching quality in health services and support

    According to the Good Universities Guide 2024

  • #7 Australian university for undergraduate employment outcomes

    According to The Good Universities Guide 2024 CDU ranks as a leader for undergraduate employment outcomes

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Why study a public health degree?

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If you have an interest in helping other people, like to solve problems, want to make an impact—locally, nationally or even globally—a public health degree could be perfect for you.

Australia has a long history of successful public health campaigns, like the 'Life. Be in it.' campaign in the 1970s to encourage Australians to be more active or 'Slip! Slop! Slap!' to target the prevalence of skin cancer in the 1980s. While these are highly memorable examples of what public health professionals can do, the career opportunities in this field are incredibly diverse.

Take water fluoridation to prevent tooth decay, mandatory seat belt use, or plain packaging on tobacco products—it took a combined effort from a host of public health professionals to see these health measures and legislation put into place, from researchers and clinicians all the way to policy makers and politicians.

By studying the Bachelor of Public Health at CDU, you'll gain skills and knowledge in epidemiology, marketing, project management, anatomy and physiology, ethics, social research methods and more.


Study your public health degree online

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Study your public health degree online or on campus at Charles Darwin University. Choose between part-time and full-time learning to suit you. 

As an online public health student, you'll have access to:

  • Round-the-clock academic and technical support
  • The same 1:1 support from lecturers as your on-campus peers
  • CDU's world-class online learning platform, Learnline.

Learnline is where you will access your study materials on demand, engage with your fellow students and lecturers, participate in online discussions and tutorials, and live-stream or catch up on your public health lectures in your own time. 

Learn more about CDU’s online study experience.

Your career in public health

Many public health graduates continue their studies with a postgraduate course

As part of your final year in the Bachelor of Public Health, you will be supported by CDU lecturers to complete your own community health project with health agencies. You'll be performing real-world public health tasks and creating professional and industry connections before you even graduate.

Once you do graduate, you'll find career opportunities in the public health space are incredibly varied. From clinical research roles to communications roles and from local community organisations to the World Health Organization (WHO), you can forge a career path based on your interests and talents within the field. 

With a CDU Bachelor of Public Health, you will be equipped to find roles in health promotion, policy making, disease prevention and research. You'll gain highly valuable transferable skills including critical thinking and problem-solving, research and analysis, marketing and communication, and an understanding of the sociological perspectives that can prevent and improve public health and other areas. Many graduates also continue their study journey with a Menzies postgraduate public health course.

Study your way with confidence

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    Study pathways

    At CDU, there's a study pathway for everyone.

    Explore our course and student types, admission requirements and pathways to study so you can apply with confidence.

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    How to apply for postgraduate courses

    Take the next step in your career and apply for a postgraduate course at CDU.

    Find out how to apply for postgraduate courses at CDU, as well as information about application fees and how to accept your offer.

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    Flexible study options

    Whatever your motivation is, we can guide you in the right direction. With on-campus, online, part-time and full-time study options, you'll have the flexibility and support to do it your way.

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