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School of Public Health

Welcome to the School of Public Health

The School of Public Health aims to prevent disease and promote health in populations through outstanding, internationally recognised research and teaching.

Study with us at the School of Public Health and you’ll be part of a leading research, teaching and service organisation making a significant, positive impact on your community.

Focusing on primary disease prevention and optimal, evidence-based chronic-disease management, our work has a genuine influence on health policies and practices—and will prepare you to do the same.

We practise public health through our engagement as a community of leading scientists, educators and students to advance innovative ideas to change individual behaviours, public policies, and health care practices.
Associate Professor Caroline Laurence, Head of School

Challenge yourself in four key areas

Our school is organised into four academic units, which reflect our core teaching and research areas. These are: epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental and occupational health sciences; health economics and policy; and social and behavioural health sciences.

Across these units, we offer a wide range of postgraduate degrees. Our postgraduate degrees cover the areas of public health, health economics and policy, biostatistics, and counselling and psychotherapy. We also offer research-focused master’s degrees, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Note also that if you’re studying the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences you can major in Public Health.

Learn more about studying with us.


Be surrounded by transformative public health research

Here at the School of Public Health you’ll work side-by-side with world-leading researchers making discoveries in fields including: the global burden of disease; early influences on health and women’s health; global health; and assessing value across health care.

Learn more about our public health research.


Upskill with professional development short courses

Are you a working health professional looking to gain specialised public health knowledge and skills with immediate, practical application to your workplace? The school runs a number of high-quality short courses each year.

Find out more about our short courses.


Learn from highly experienced lecturers

While studying at the School of Public Health, you’ll be guided by numerous leaders in their fields. All our top researchers teach, and our top teachers research.

This includes areas such as: child health and development; life-course epidemiology; genetic epidemiology; health technology assessment; economic modelling; health impacts of climate change; Indigenous health; community engagement; and the use of deliberative methods in health research.

Additionally, our core academic staff work closely with colleagues in government, non-government organisations, and industry, many of whom hold academic titles within the school. These titleholders help ensure our teaching, research and community engagement remain grounded in the identification, analysis and resolution of real world problems.

Find out more about our staff.

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