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Introduction to Public health

Get ready for a change-making career in the public health sector. Through Open Universities Australia, you can compare and enrol in online public health courses from across the country.

Help our most vulnerable and disadvantaged access quality healthcare. Prevent disease outbreaks. Develop wellbeing programs for the greater good. Play a vital role in the future of our healthcare system.

Whether you’re looking to switch careers or pursue a long-held interest in public health, we’re here to guide you there.

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Online public health subjects and short courses

University of South Australia


Health and Society

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 01 Apr 2024, 16 Sep 2024

University of Notre Dame Australia


Exercise and Healthy Living

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 19 Feb 2024

La Trobe University


Healthcare In Australia

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 04 Mar 2024

University of Adelaide


Health and Illness in Populations

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 20 May 2024, 02 Sep 2024

Online public health degrees

Curtin University

Take your first step towards a career in health—including nursing

Start building your foundational knowledge of human health and healthcare. Explore human bodies. Get to know health practice. For graduates of this online health course, the pathway to health careers and further studies is open wide.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of Southern Queensland


Master of Public Health

University of South Australia


Bachelor of Health Science

Take the lead in health administration or policy

This generalist health science degree will give you the knowledge you need to work in non-clinical healthcare roles. You'll learn crucial project management and research skills, while also exploring anatomy, psychology, health promotion and more.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Griffith University


Master of Public Health

Get set to take your public health career to the next level

Further your career in research, management or public health practice. Examine the key  determinants of health, including the social, biological, economic and environmental factors. Focus on international health and choose from a range of electives.

100% online

Approx. 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent

Discover 141 ways to study public health with leading Australian universities.

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What do you learn in a public health course?

Choose an undergraduate qualification to learn about the major areas of public health practice, which will qualify you for a career in local and international healthcare. Choose a postgraduate qualification to build on your existing knowledge and pursue leadership or research roles.

Major areas of focus across degrees in public health include:

  • Health challenges across different community groups
  • Health advocacy and promotion
  • Disease control and prevention
  • Research and data gathering methods
  • Public health law, ethics and policy
  • Health leadership

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