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Career outcomes

Our public health graduates have pursued careers in:

  • epidemiology
  • health education
  • policy analysis
  • population health units
  • consumer advocacy
  • project management
  • program development
  • community development 
  • public health policy development
  • international health agencies
  • non-governmental organisations
  • community health organisations

Our clinical education graduates have pursued careers in:

  • academic lecturing
  • healthcare education
  • simulation technician
  • simulation centre management
  • simulation pedagogy research
  • clinical education outcomes research
  • military and emergency services educator
  • work-integrated learning pedagogy research

Our health management graduates have pursued careers in:

  • international healthcare
  • nurse unit management
  • health services management
  • health policy development
  • public health management
  • social welfare management
  • healthcare executive leadership
  • humanitarian organisation leadership
  • private healthcare facility management
Study at ACU Public Health and Administration

About public health and administration

Learn the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting wellbeing. As a public health graduate, you’ll have the skills to develop, plan and manage solutions that improve population health. You may choose to become a clinical educator, cultivating clinical learning in fast-paced health care workplaces, or improve health care organisation’s culture and practices. You’ll also have the opportunity to investigate improving social and political systems, including environmental, economic, technical, educational and legislative measures. In health administration you’ll study the mechanics of service delivery, governance, resourcing and learn to deliver operational excellence.

Adaptability and agility

Study with us to build the skills required to become a health care leader in a diverse range of professional settings and prepare for the challenges and opportunities of this rapidly evolving sector.

Leading the way

You’ll acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to take the lead in strategic development and quality improvement within local, national and global health care contexts.

Social justice

Develop your commitment to social justice by engaging with health care initiatives that truly support those in need. You’ll learn to give a voice to critical issues in global health and deliver better health outcomes to people around the world.

Study health overseas

During your course, you’ll have the opportunity to study public health overseas. Our short-term international study experiences can take you to Timor Leste, Vanuatu, the USA, Singapore, Chile and many more destinations, where you’ll study at a partner university or put your skills into practice at local health clinics. Plus, you can choose to study at our Rome Campus.

Meet our students

Student profile SAMUEL ROBINSON

Samuel Robinson

Public health student

“I enjoyed the practical experience during my student placements. It’s one thing learning the skills in a classroom or a textbook, but it’s another thing to put them into practice in the real world and interact with real people and their problems. Suddenly it’s not just a Word document on my laptop.

During my practical experience, I was exposed to just how powerful health promotion is in the prevention of health issues. I hope to make an impact by improving awareness and education about the modifiable risk factors of preventable, non-communicable diseases.”

Staff profile Dr Alison Hughes, Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator (Public Health)

Dr Alison Hughes

Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator (Public Health) – School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Dr Alison Hughes is an educator who is passionate about public health and, through this lens is committed to ensuring better health outcomes for the population. Alongside her strong interest in and commitment to public health, she has been teaching public health for over 20 years at postgraduate and undergraduate levels at universities in Australia and China. Dr Hughes’ areas of interest and teaching specialisations cover health policy and law, foundations of public health, international health, and the Australian health system. To complement her teaching role, she also brings extensive practical experience based on previous employment as a health programs manager, policy analyst, health services consultant, and researcher in diverse health organisations.

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