Teacher's Prospects edition
Students seeking a career in Health or Medicine may consider the Population Health major as part of their undergraduate degree.
From immunisation clinics to screening for cancer, from healthy food choices to bike paths, population health is all around us - protecting our health by safeguarding the places where we live, work, and play.
An exciting aspect about a career in population health is that it is constantly changing - it continually presents new challenges and allows graduates to work at the cutting edge of the nation's public health issues.
Population health plays an important role in protecting people's health and well-being as well as improving the conditions and behaviours that affect the health of each and every one of us. It helps fight against deadly contagious diseases and promotes healthier lifestyles.
Population health efforts also allow us to save lives and improve the health of people around the world. From remote villages to bustling cities, issues such as the global spread of disease, lack of health resources in developing communities and the social impact of health trends in developed countries are tackled.
Students may choose to study the Population Health major as a single degree-specific major within the Bachelor of Science, or add as second major with a Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Design or Science major to complement their studies and enhance their career opportunities. There are a variety of combinations to choose from, but popular majors to study in conjunction with Population Health include:
- Anatomy and Human Biology
- Anthropology and Sociology
- Economics (single major)
- Exercise and Health
- Human Geography and Planning
- Law and Society
- Pharmacology; and
- Social and Applied Psychology
Upon completing their degree, graduates will be well-qualified for a variety of careers in population health such as: Health Promotion Officer; Health Policy Advisor; Epidemiologist; Health Researcher; Health Project Officer; Health Scientist; Health Communication Specialist; Health Administrator; and - when combined with Economics - Health Economist.
Postgraduate studies will also lead to more specialised qualifications. The Bachelor of Science Population Health major is an excellent basis for further study through the Doctor of Medicine (DMD), Doctor of Medical Science, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) or Master of Nursing Science postgraduate courses.
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