CC59 - Bachelor of Public Health (Specialisation)

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

Public health refers to a collection of disciplines that share a common aim - to prevent disease, promote health and improve wellbeing among the population as a whole rather than focusing on individuals. Some of the most important advances in health internationally over the last century have been public health interventions - including the eradication of smallpox, improvements in workplace safety, reduced morbidity from cholera and decreased trends in tobacco smoking. Students of the Bachelor of Public Health will develop an understanding of evidence-based strategies to address existing, evolving and re-emerging health risks and achieve higher standards of health and wellbeing. A strong emphasis on participation, prevention and partnership with the community is threaded throughout the curriculum. Each of these concepts is explored and developed within the core public health units, resulting in graduates who internalise and integrate the notions of theory, research and practice as the basis of their work. You will also be able to confidently articulate your own vision of a socio-ecological model of public health, develop and maintain community and industry partnerships in promoting public health and participate in the political process to advocate for health, social justice and equity through contributions to public policy and decision-making. You will choose to major in either health promotion or environmental health. Students majoring in health promotion will learn to initiate, manage and evaluate a health promotion project by applying relevant theoretical knowledge and strategies. Graduates will have the capacity to practise as an entry-level health promotion practitioner in accordance with Australian and International health promotion competencies. Students majoring in environmental health will learn to assess, monitor and evaluate environmental health issues and facilitate conflict resolution between agencies, regulated parties and the community through the application of law, provision of information and problem solving. Graduates will be recognised to practise as an entry-level environmental health practitioner in accordance with the enHealth Skills and Knowledge Matrix. All students will gain crucial lifelong learning and transferable generic skills, such as critical thinking, teamwork and problem solving, applicable to a range of employment opportunities and life situations. The Bachelor of Public Health will also enable you to gain entry into a variety of postgraduate and vocationally oriented courses offered by CQUniversity or other institutions. You can tailor your own course to enhance your employability or satisfy a personal interest by taking a minor unit of study in health promotion (for environmental health majors), environmental health (for health promotion majors), Indigenous studies, occupational health and safety, nutrition, environmental science, built environment, exercise science or management and human resources. Alternatively, you can elect to take four units selected from any the University has to offer, provided any pre-requisites are met.

Career Information

A number of changes within health promotion and environmental health positions have occurred recently meaning that, future graduates will need to diversify into new roles rather than relying on traditional appointments.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Public Health (Environmental Health) will be qualified to work as Environmental Health Officers in Local, State and Federal Government, in public health roles in the armed forces, international aid organisations, other non-profit organisations and in the food industry. Graduates who have selected an appropriate minor may also find employment in government environmental protection appointments as well as environmental management or occupational health and safety roles in private industry.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Public Health (Health Promotion) will be qualified to work as Health Promotion Officers in Local, State and Federal Government, and may also find employment in a range of non-government organisations, such as the Cancer Council and Heart Foundation or other areas relevant to their chosen minor.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BPubHlth
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Rockhampton - 851791
  • QLD - Townsville - 801791
  • QLD - Distance - 851795
  • QLD - Cairns - 821791
  • QLD - Bundaberg - 811791
  • VIC - Distance - 1700110511 
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 2 - 2018

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 2 - 2017

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2017

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 2 - 2016

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Distance

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

No entry requirements.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

Senior English and a Science subject OR Associate Degree in Public Health OR relevant VET Certificate or Diploma.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CC44 - Associate Degree in Public Health (specialisation)
Professional Accreditation


Learned Society Accreditiation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Students are required to attend residential school for a number of units in the course: Compulsory for all students: SCIE11022 Introductory Science; PBHL12001 Communicable Diseases and Public Health, Environmental Health Majors: ENVR11012 Applications of Env Sc MBIO19012 Microbiology; ENVH12001 Food Safety; ENVH13002 Env Health Risk Management
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Practicum/Work Placement

PBHL13003 - Placement in professional environment relevant to chosen major. Developing experience relevant to professional- specific activities/tasks. Planning and conducting a research project or health promotion program in the workplace.
PBHL13004 - Placement in professional environment relevant to chosen major. Developing experience relevant to professional- specific activities/tasks. Planning and conducting a research project or health promotion program in the workplace.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 77
2017 67
2016 72
2015 67
Core Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Environmental Health Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Integrate socio-ecological systems thinking into professional public health practice
  • 2. Initiate and maintain professional public health partnerships in industry and communities
  • 3. Integrate theory and research into everyday public health practice
  • 4. Engage in the political process to advocate for health, social justice and equity
  • 5. Assess, monitor, and evaluate environmental health issues in a professional and ethical manner
  • 6. Facilitate conflict resolution between agencies, regulated parties and the community
  • 7. Demonstrate an ability to practise as an entry level environmental health professional in accordance with the enHealth Skills and Knowledge Matrix.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Health Promotion Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Integrate socio-ecological systems thinking into professional public health practice
  • 2. Initiate and maintain professional public health partnerships in industry and communities
  • 3. Integrate theory and research into everyday public health practice
  • 4. Engage in the political process to advocate for health, social justice and equity
  • 5. Initiate, manage and evaluate a health promotion project in an ethical manner as an entry level health promotion practitioner
  • 6. Evaluate and apply relevant health promotion theoretical knowledge to health promotion projects and situations
  • 7. Practise in accordance with Australian and International health promotion competencies.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Built Environment Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Environmental Health Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Environmental Science Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Exercise Science Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Health Promotion Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Indigenous Studies Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Management and Human Resources Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Nutrition Science Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Occupational Health and Safety Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives
Number of units: 12 Total credit points: 72


Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH11027 Foundations of Health
ENVH11001 Health and the Environment
SCIE11022 Introductory Science
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PBHL11002 Public Health and Chronic Disease
PBHL11001 Public Health Data and Measurement
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PBHL12001 Communicable Diseases and Public Health
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PBHL12002 Public Health Interventions
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology
PBHL13001 Public Health and Environmental Sustainability
PBHL13003 Public Health in Practice A
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PBHL13002 Public Health Disaster Management
PBHL13004 Public Health in Practice B
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives

Environmental Health Major

Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

The environmental health profession in New South Wales often includes significant duties relating to building surveying. Students considering working in this jurisdiction should consider the Built Environment minor when planning their study.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENVR11011 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENVR11012 Applications of Environmental Science
AINV11003 Introduction to Investigative Methods
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENVH12002 Environmental Health Law
MBIO19012 Microbiology
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENVH12001 Food Safety
ENVH12003 Environmental Toxicology
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENVH13002 Environmental Health Risk Management
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives

Health Promotion Major

Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48


Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH11031 Healthy Lifestyles
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH11029 Health Promotion Concepts
INDG11006 Foundations of Indigenous Learning
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH12030 Drugs in Society
HLTH12032 Community Assets and Needs Assessment
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning
GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems
Year 3 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH13035 Health in all Policies
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives

Built Environment Minor

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives

Environmental Health Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for ENVH12001 Food Safety and ENVH13002 Environmental Health Risk Management.

Students majoring in Environmental Health are not eligible to complete this minor.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENVH12001 Food Safety
ENVH12002 Environmental Health Law
ENVH12003 Environmental Toxicology
ENVH13002 Environmental Health Risk Management
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives

Health Promotion Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24


Students majoring in Health Promotion are not eligible to complete this minor.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH12032 Community Assets and Needs Assessment
HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning
HLTH13035 Health in all Policies
Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
HLTH11029 Health Promotion Concepts
HLTH11031 Healthy Lifestyles
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives

Nutrition Science Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24


Environmental Health majors should choose HLTH11031.

Health Promotion Majors should choose ENVH12001.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NUTR12001 Human Nutrition
NUTR13001 Public Health Nutrition
NUTR12002 Nutrition in Practice
Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
HLTH11031 Healthy Lifestyles
ENVH12001 Food Safety
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete electives
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24


Students can select from one Minor or choose any four units offered by the University, provided prerequisites are met.

More Details
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