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 students the skills to improve population health, whether it's to a handful of people or across several continents. They 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: $66,792

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; Prerequisites: NSW: 2 units of HSC English, QLD: English (4, SA), VIC: Units 3 & 4 study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English. International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. A Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours) is available for students who have completed a relevant bachelor degree and attained a GPA of 5.75.


240 credit points consisting of 120 cp from core Public Health units; 60 cp from Inter-professional units; 20 cp from Health Promotion units; 20 cp from Research Statistics units and 20 cp from Core Curriculum units. 80 credit points consisting of 30 cp from Coursework units and 50 cp from Thesis units for Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours).

Subjects you can Study:

Public health

Study Pathways:

The Bachelor of Applied Public Health is an entry-level qualification, and graduates from such programs often pursue postgraduate study and training to enable specialisation and advanced practice.

Further information:

Students will undertake Public Health units at the North Sydney Campus, however Exercise Science and Psychology units will be undertaken at the Strathfield Campus. Students will not be required to travel between campuses on the same day.

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

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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