School of Population Health

Applied Public Health Practice (PHCM3007)


In this course, students will work through four modules designed to consolidate knowledge and skills of public health and professional practice, to provoke self-reflection on attributes and capabilities, and to encourage forward thinking to career and study opportunities after completion of their undergraduate degree. Each module will run for two weeks from week 2, with an introductory week planned for week 1 and a review and consolidation week in week 10.

Module one, Positioning Yourself in Public Health requires students to use self-assessment tools to identify public health capabilities and career interests and aspirations. The second module Professional Practice and Career Development in Public Health provides students with the opportunity to engage with professional practice in public health, career development opportunities, and transferrable skills for future work. In the third module, Applied Public Health Research, students will be supported to consolidate and further extend applied research skills for public health, including in research design, research ethics, collaborative and inclusive research approaches, and research translation. The final module focuses on Communication for Public Health and will enable students to develop and apply skills in public health advocacy, the use of new media and technologies in public health promotion, and strategies for developing health information, education and communication outputs.

Credit points

This is a core course in the Bachelor of International Public Health (3880) comprising 6 units of credit towards the total required for completion of the study program.

Mode of study

Fully online.


There are no pre-requisite courses that need to be completed before undertaking this course.

Course aim

This course aims to enable students to:

  • Identify, synthesise and further develop knowledge and capabilities acquired during their undergraduate program.
  • Reflect on capabilities and areas for development in relation to career goals and interests.   
  • Evaluate and reflect on professional and public health practice skills including evidence-informed practice, collaboration, communication, problem solving, project management, self-assessment, inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, and reflective practice.
  • Integrate and apply knowledge and skills in public health for application in a real-world setting.  
Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and reflect on attributes and capabilities relevant to public health practice.

  • Apply career development competencies to opportunities in public health and articulate career goals and interests.

  • Synthesise and present evidence for knowledge, skills and attributes developed during the undergraduate program to date.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in evidence-informed practice, communication, inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking and reflective practice in public health. 

  • Create and present a research or advocacy product to address a public health issue of current significance. 

Learning and teaching rationale

Through this course, students will:

  • Learn about professional practice in public health (including collaboration, communication, problem solving and project management skills).
  • Explore the process of career development in this field (including reflecting on current capabilities and career goals, researching and exploring opportunities, planning and setting goals for professional development).
  • Be supported to develop applied research skills in public health (including processes around ethics applications, research design and methodologies).

To enable this, the Applied Public Health Practice course incorporates the following activities:  

  • Online lectures, study guides, activities and other course materials and additional resources will be provided covering essential concepts and tools of professional practice in public health, evidence-based decision- making and applied research and practice in public health.  
  • Student- directed use of self-assessment tools to reflect on current capabilities and how these align with career goals and professional curiosities.  
  • Development of a student-defined learning contract to address gaps in capabilities and identify areas of further capacity development.   
  • Compilation of knowledge, skills and attributes developed over the course of their program so far.

The integration of professional skill building and an exploration of skills and career opportunities will help students move forward into further study or professional careers beyond their current program.


Assessment Task 1 -  Self-assessment and learning contract
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Task 2 - Portfolio or profile development
Weighting: 30%

Assessment Task 3 - Applied Public Health Practice product and report
Weighting: 50%