Public Health, Testamur Major (T021)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: T021

Previous Code:  MT4003.1

Bachelor of Health Science

Available to students in other Western Sydney University programs?  No

Public health is the science of disease prevention, prolonging life and improving health for individuals and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease prevention, conducting population health assessment and measurement, improving environmental health, engaging the community and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases. Public Health graduates work in a variety of settings, including national and state health departments, community organisations and the global health sector. The Public Health major builds a student’s knowledge of the biological, social, cultural, economic and physical factors that underpin the health of a population and how to promote health for all. Students will also develop and use skills in epidemiology and biostatistics, surveillance and prevention, and public health policy. The major includes 140 hours of professional practice placement. This Testamur Major will be identified on the Student’s Testamur following completion of the course.

Location

Campus Mode Advice
Campbelltown Campus Internal Dr Caterina Tannous
Online Dr Caterina Tannous
Sydney City Campus Internal Dr Andrey Zheluk

Master of Data Science

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Analysis of public health data allows us to track diseases and examine the effect of interventions. This Field of Study teaches students the fundamentals of biostatistics and epidemiology and branches out into aspects of social health, health policy, disaster planning, and communicable diseases.

Location

Campus Mode Advice
Online Stewart Alford
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal Stewart Alford

Inherent Requirements

The Inherent requirement for the Master of Health Sciences will apply to this Field of Study: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_master_of_public_health_and_master_of_health_science

Major Structure

Select the link for your program below to see details of the major

Bachelor of Health Science

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
HLTH 1013 Professional Competencies in Health 10
BIOS 1035 Anatomy and Physiology in Health 10
PUBH 1012 Public Health 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 1007 Communication in Health 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
BIOS 1036 Human Development and Disease across the lifespan 10
HLTH 2022 Biostatistics in Health 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
PUBH 2020 Epidemiology for Public Health 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
PUBH 3025 Health Policy and Advocacy 10
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
PUBH 3024 Harm Minimisation and Prevention 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
PUBH 3028 Transforming Health 10
PUBH 3027 Public Health in a Changing World 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
MEDI 3007 Professional Health Placement 10
Select three electives 30
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
COMM 1007 Communication in Health 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
HLTH 1013 Professional Competencies in Health 10
HLTH 2022 Biostatistics in Health 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
BIOS 1035 Anatomy and Physiology in Health 10
PUBH 1012 Public Health 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
PUBH 3025 Health Policy and Advocacy 10
PUBH 3024 Harm Minimisation and Prevention 10
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
BIOS 1036 Human Development and Disease across the lifespan 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
PUBH 2020 Epidemiology for Public Health 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
MEDI 3007 Professional Health Placement 10
Select three electives 30
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
PUBH 3028 Transforming Health 10
PUBH 3027 Public Health in a Changing World 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science
Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Trimester 1Credit Points
PUBH 1007 Population Health and Society (WSTC) 10
HLTH 0005 The Health Science Professional (WSTC Prep) 10
NATS 0006 Fundamentals of Health Science (WSTC Prep) 10
HLTH 1015 Professional Competencies in Health (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points40
Trimester 2
BEHV 1015 Psychology and Health (WSTC) 10
HLTH 1014 Evidence in Health (WSTC) 10
BIOS 1038 Anatomy and Physiology in Health (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points30
Trimester 3
BIOS 1037 Human Development and Disease across the Lifespan (WSTC) 10
COMM 1008 Communication in Health (WSTC) 10
PUBH 2006 Culture, Diversity and Health (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
Autumn session
PUBH 1012 Public Health 10
PUBH 2020 Epidemiology for Public Health 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
PUBH 3025 Health Policy and Advocacy 10
PUBH 3024 Harm Minimisation and Prevention 10
HLTH 2022 Biostatistics in Health 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
PUBH 3028 Transforming Health 10
PUBH 3027 Public Health in a Changing World 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
MEDI 3007 Professional Health Placement 10
Select three electives 30
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points260

Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science
Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Trimester 2Credit Points
HLTH 1015 Professional Competencies in Health (WSTC) 10
HLTH 0005 The Health Science Professional (WSTC Prep) 10
PUBH 1007 Population Health and Society (WSTC) 10
NATS 0006 Fundamentals of Health Science (WSTC Prep) 10
 Credit Points40
Trimester 3
BIOS 1037 Human Development and Disease across the Lifespan (WSTC) 10
COMM 1008 Communication in Health (WSTC) 10
PUBH 2006 Culture, Diversity and Health (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points30
Trimester 1
BIOS 1038 Anatomy and Physiology in Health (WSTC) 10
HLTH 1014 Evidence in Health (WSTC) 10
BEHV 1015 Psychology and Health (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
Spring session
HLTH 2022 Biostatistics in Health 10
Select three electives 30
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
PUBH 1012 Public Health 10
PUBH 2020 Epidemiology for Public Health 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
MEDI 3007 Professional Health Placement 10
PUBH 3025 Health Policy and Advocacy 10
PUBH 3024 Harm Minimisation and Prevention 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
PUBH 3028 Transforming Health 10
PUBH 3027 Public Health in a Changing World 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points260

Electives

Students must take at least one level 3 subject as an elective

Most electives are 10 credit points.

Students may wish to consider using elective choices to complete another health sciences field of study, such as Majors: Health Promotion, Health Services Management. Minors: Health Promotion, Public Health and Nutrition, Health Informatics, Global Sustainability

Minors

Health Promotion, Minor
Health Practice Management, Minor
Global Sustainability, Minor
Health Informatics, Minor

Majors

Health Services Management, Major

Master of Data Science

Students must complete 40 credit points as follows

Subject Title Credit Points
PUBH 7016Introduction to Epidemiology10
HLTH 7008Introduction to Biostatistics10
PUBH 7010Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases10
Choose one of the following:10
The Social Determinants of Health
Health Systems and Policy
Surveillance and Disaster Planning
Communicable Diseases
Total Credit Points40