Undergraduate

Population Health

Studying Population Health will allow you to examine patterns of health and disease in society, the application of medical research and evidence based medicine to populations and to consider what we can do to improve the health of the community.
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Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

Career Pathways

"The field of population health changes constantly, presenting new challenges and allowing you to work at the cutting edge of the nation's public health issues to make a real difference.

The Population Health major will give you a strong foundation in health science with skills in scientific investigation, critical thinking and problem solving. Knowledge and skills in population health, leadership, research, health promotion, epidemiology and disease prevention are coupled with personal and professional development.

As a Population Health graduate, you'll find careers in:

health promotion
health program and evaluation
epidemiology and disease control
health consulting
health planning and policy
health informatics
health economics
clinical trials research
health advocacy
health administration
cancer research and many more



Employers include private companies, not-for-profit organisations such as the Cancer Council, hospitals, government organisations, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies, universities and other research agencies.



This major also provides you with a strong foundation for future clinical studies in the postgraduate courses of medicine, dentistry and podiatry. In addition, you can obtain higher degree qualifications by research or coursework and professional degree qualifications in social work.
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"The field of population health changes constantly, presenting new challenges and allowing you to work at the cutting edge of the nation's public health issues to make a real difference.

The Population Health major will give you a strong foundation in health science with skills in scientific investigation, critical thinking and problem solving. Knowledge and skills in population health, leadership, research, health promotion, epidemiology and disease prevention are coupled with personal and professional development.

As a Population Health graduate, you'll find careers in:

health promotion
health program and evaluation
epidemiology and disease control
health consulting
health planning and policy
health informatics
health economics
clinical trials research
health advocacy
health administration
cancer research and many more



Employers include private companies, not-for-profit organisations such as the Cancer Council, hospitals, government organisations, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies, universities and other research agencies.



This major also provides you with a strong foundation for future clinical studies in the postgraduate courses of medicine, dentistry and podiatry. In addition, you can obtain higher degree qualifications by research or coursework and professional degree qualifications in social work.
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Further Study

Honours and other pathways

Population Health major graduates are highly employable, however if you wish to undertake further study there are several pathways to consider. 

In Honours in Population Health you will complete a research project under supervision and undertake relevant research training units. Honours in Population Health prepares you for careers in the health industry that require superior research skills and advanced problem solving and communication skills. View our Research Booklet which lists all 2019 projects.  

 
Further Study

Population Health major graduates are highly employable, however if you wish to undertake further study there are several pathways to consider. 

In Honours in Population Health you will complete a research project under supervision and undertake relevant research training units. Honours in Population Health prepares you for careers in the health industry that require superior research skills and advanced problem solving and communication skills. View our Research Booklet which lists all 2019 projects. 

You can also undertake a coursework Graduate Certificate in Population Health StudiesMaster of Public Health or Master of Health Science

Interested in research? You could also complete a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) on a research project you are passionate about. 

The Population Health major offers an excellent foundation for the Doctor of MedicineDoctor of Dental Medicine and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine courses. You may also wish to proceed into a postgraduate qualification course such as the Master of Social Work

Six areas of Population Health career directions

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Population Health

Further study

Master of Public Health

Join our graduates in making a difference to the health of local, national and international communities through the Master of Public Health. This flexible degree provides you with a range of skills including epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, and a broader social context in which public health programs are planned, delivered and evaluated. Start your journey here.
Further study

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2019
$8,934.00
Typical Fee Range - 2019
$6,566.00 - $10,958.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2018
$113,400.00
Total Course Fee - 2019
$113,400.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

To be eligible for school-leaver entry to UWA you are required to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education and obtain the minimum ATAR to gain a place in your chosen degree.

Mathematics requirement

This major requires a certain level of Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you may be able to take additional Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.

WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Applications ATAR

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Six areas of Population Health career directions

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Population Health

Course details

In Population Health you examine the patterns of health and disease in society, apply medical research and evidence based medicine to populations to improve the health of the community.

About The Course

In your first year, you will be introduced to evidence based medicine and study health issues locally and globally. You will also consider the social, environmental, biological and historical factors that influence health in a population.
Population Health

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth
  • Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-PPHLH
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BBiomedSc), 4 years (BBiomedSc[Hons])
Population Health
Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth
  • Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-PPHLH
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BBiomedSc), 4 years (BBiomedSc[Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWBPH
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Faculty
  • Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences

Course Structure

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This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

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The Health Student Society

The Health Student Society (HSS) is a student-run, not-for-profit organisation for students completing health-related majors at UWA.

HSS represents and supports its members during their degrees and provides social networking opportunities. Social and academic functions, are a great way to make friends and interact with staff. HSS continually looks to enhance the university experience and raise the profile of graduates to prospective employees. Joining HSS or becoming a committee member is a fantastic way to challenge yourself and have fun at the same time.

School of Population and Global Health

At the School of Population and Global Health we are dedicated to making the world a healthier place to live, our research, advocacy and health promotion within the School of Population Health and Global Health is aimed at improving social and environmental conditions and behaviours.