Study Experience

Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned professional, the School of Public Health offers world-class degrees to help you develop your career in health.

Studying with the School of Public Health will give you the knowledge and skills to tackle the major health challenges facing the world today.

What’s more, you’ll enjoy individualised, hands-on student learning experiences, including practicums, internships and placements, enabling you to gain real world experience and graduate career-ready.

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Undergraduate degrees in Public Health

Why not study a Public Health major within the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences? Doing so will enable you to take an informed, population-wide perspective to the task of measuring and improving health—enormously beneficial for many different health sciences careers, ranging from clinical or public health practice to research.

You’ll develop practical skills in epidemiology and health promotion and prevention, and gain an understanding of how social, cultural and economic factors influence contemporary health problems in Australia and internationally. Study abroad opportunities are also available within the Public Health major.

For more information, download our health undergraduate program guide.

Postgraduate degrees in Public Health

Are you looking to advance your career, change direction, improve your employment prospects or investigate an area of personal interest? Our school offers a range of quality graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and masters postgraduate coursework degrees in: public health; biostatistics; and counselling and psychotherapy.

Or perhaps you’d like to gain a deeper insight into a specific public health area of personal interest with a postgraduate research degree? Choose from the Master of Clinical ScienceMaster of Philosophy (Public Health) or Doctor of Philosophy.

Find out more about all our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

State-of-the-art facilities

Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building

The School of Public Health is located within the $246 million AHMS building. Conveniently situated in the heart of Adelaide's BioMed City precinct adjacent the Royal Adelaide Hospital and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the AHMS brings together more than 1700 students and 600 health researchers in a vibrant and innovative environment of learning and discovery.

Learn more about the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building

Scholarship opportunities

The University offers a number of scholarships to potential and currently enrolled undergraduate and postgraduate students, and there are also many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations.

Our Research Travel Scholarships enable talented students—and that could be you—to study abroad at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. It’s an experience that could open the way for you to engage in cross or in-discipline collaboration with top researchers the world over. Additionally, the Philip Ryan Doctoral Travel Grant supports PhD students to present papers at conferences.

The Neville Derrington Hicks PhD Scholarship in Public Health Policy supports the next generation of excellence in public health policy by assisting eligible students with costs or expenses associated with their project, including living, professional development, conference, travel or publication.

At the School of Public Health, we’re also able to offer research projects for students who have a primary interest in public health by way of vacation scholarships.

Study overseas

As a School of Public Health student, you’ll have the opportunity to study overseas through a range of programs, including student exchange, study tours and summer and winter schools. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa.

Study the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences and at Level 2 and 3 you can choose from specialised study tours that count as elective credit in some majors (such as Public Health), or opt for a Student Exchange with one of the University’s partner institutions from around the globe. For more information about studying overseas as a health and medical sciences or public health student, contact fhmsglobal@adelaide.edu.au.

Student clubs

University isn’t all work and no play. Joining a student club is a great way to pursue other interests and meet new people. From sports and hobbies to politics and culture; the University of Adelaide has a wide range of student clubs for you to consider. As a public health student, you may find the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Association of particular interest.

Are you a current student?

If you’re already studying at the university, you’ll find a whole range of useful information on our Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Centre page. It includes clinical placement requirements, study plans, information about joining our peer mentoring program and more.