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Health and Medical Sciences | Public Health

Study health and medical sciences or public health at Adelaide and you will gain the knowledge and skills to tackle the major health challenges facing the world today.

Whether you’re just starting out or have already completed an undergraduate degree, if you have an interest in preventing disease, promoting health and prolonging life then our degrees can help you achieve your goals.

Our undergraduate degrees offer a unique selection of courses drawing from all health sciences disciplines. Your capabilities will be extensive, readily transferable, and highly sought-after, ideally preparing you for a wide variety of health careers. Build on your experience with our diverse offering of postgraduate degrees that cover all areas of public health, health economics and policy, biostatistics and translational health sciences.

Have you considered furthering your career by studying Public Health?

From fighting new and emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola and Zika, to tackling major chronic diseases such as obesity or diabetes; the challenges facing public health in the 21st century are complex and require the collaborative efforts of professionals in many different fields.

Completing the Master of Public Health at the University of Adelaide has brought me recognition as an expert in public safety within the Metropolitan Fire Service. My studies have given me methods to analyse problems, and the confidence to seek better solutions.
Mick Smith, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, MFS Adelaide

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.

Through the School of Public Health, we offer a diverse range of postgraduate coursework and research degrees, as well as short courses in public health, biostatistics, health economics and policy, and translational health sciences. We can prepare you to step up into a leading role in the promotion of health, with career opportunities for graduates that include public health officers, ministerial advisors, non-government organisation workers, education, analysis, community officers and project and research officers.

Interested in studying Health and Medical Sciences at Adelaide?

Are you thinking of studying the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences? This degree is ideal for students who are interested in the human body and public health issues. You will have the opportunity to major in areas such as clinical trials, medical sciences, neurosciences, addiction and mental health, nutritional health, public health, and reproductive and childhood health.

You will acquire knowledge and skills suitable to a range of careers, including in medical research, nutrition science, health policy, community health, diagnostics and pathology laboratory work, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Read our 2018 Undergraduate Health Program Guide.

Health and Medical Sciences | Public Health degrees

Undergraduate degrees

Postgraduate coursework degrees

Postgraduate research degrees

Short courses

How to apply

Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees

Applications to all University of Adelaide undergraduate and most postgraduate coursework programs are made online through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). The specific requirements for each degree are available on Degree Finder – make sure you read these thoroughly before applying.

Are you an international student? See our step-by-step international students application guide for more information about how to apply.

Higher degrees by research

A key component of a successful postgraduate research experience is finding the best supervisor to help you achieve your investigative goals. Depending on your area of interest, there are several avenues for you to explore potential postgraduate research topics and locate a supervisor. For an overview of all research within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, visit our Research website and explore our areas of research.

Once you're ready to apply, Adelaide Graduate Centre administers both domestic and international postgraduate research applications. If you have any queries, contact

Short courses

Application requirements vary for each course. See the School of Public Health website for details.

Study overseas

How does a few weeks’ study in Vietnam sound? Or Austria, China or Japan? How about a semester in Denmark, the US or the Netherlands? At the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences we can offer you a wide range of exciting opportunities to study overseas within your degree. Depending on your program, Global Learning experiences available to you could include short study tours, semester exchanges, clinical placements and volunteer opportunities.

As a health and medical sciences or public health student, you’ll have the opportunity to study overseas. For example, 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