School of Population Health

Our Teaching

The school provides quality learning that is student-centred and relevant to real-world practice. Our teaching supports students to develop and apply theoretical understandings, conceptual tools, and professional skills and techniques that are relevant to being practitioners or researchers in public health and/or health service management both locally and internationally. Our overall approach to learning and teaching is grounded in inquiry-based learning and the use of authentic cases and examples drawn from the real world. Students gain a strong understanding of a multiplicity of health contexts, challenges and approaches from local and international perspectives.

We understand that to improve health outcomes and address the broader social determinants of health, practitioners and researchers require sophisticated problem-solving capabilities, multidisciplinary ways of working, and the ability to critically interpret research and apply evidence to health-related issues. Our programs have been developed to foster these abilities. Courses are mapped against agreed graduate outcomes and students complete assessments that mirror the processes and products of professional practice. Through our teaching, learning and assessment strategies, we seek to train job-ready professionals whose learning will continue beyond the classroom and into the workplace.

Our programs are known for offering flexible opportunities for full-time or part-time learning, whether on-campus or externally through the use of innovative learning technologies in blended and fully online modes. All courses have a dedicated learning management system where students can access course resources online and communicate with peers and course convenors. We provide multimedia recordings of lectures, interactive learning modules, video clips of real-world scenarios and case studies from the field to create media-rich, engaging learning environments. We facilitate collaborative learning opportunities through the use of wikis, blogs, and group discussion facilities and our webinar applications allow students to connect with peers and course convenors in real-time via audio/video link ups. Throughout our approach is a commitment to enhancing the quality of students’ learning experiences through applying pedagogically sound, technologically innovative and research driven approaches to our postgraduate learning and teaching.

Postgraduate programs

Our postgraduate programs have been designed to meet the diverse learning and professional needs of our students. We recognise that postgraduate education needs to be professional education. Our programs build on students’ initial qualifications and work experience and equip them with the capacity to extend their professional areas of interest and career trajectories. Throughout the course of their postgraduate programs, our students will amass a repertoire of practical skills and develop a network of professional relationships in their field.

Our postgraduate programs offer unique specialisation streams which allow students to become experts in their chosen field, providing a competitive career advantage. Students enrolled in postgraduate programs also have the opportunity to undertake workplace internships with relevant health organisations and build invaluable practical skills, as well as complete a research project comprised of an in-depth study of a contemporary public health, health leadership and management, global health or infectious diseases intelligence issue or topic.

Undergraduate program in International Public Health

The School offers a three-year Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH) for undergraduates interested in tackling complex health issues currently faced by populations across the world. Students develop skills in designing programs to prevent the spread of disease, addressing causes of health inequity and inequality, educating populations about healthy behaviours, and guiding government health policies and programs.  

The BIPH equips students with the knowledge and practical capabilities needed to begin a career in local or international public health, or to transition into a higher degree, including graduate medicine, a master’s program, or PhD.

Medicine Program

The School also contributes to and coordinates a number of courses in the Undergraduate Medicine Program. This program is committed to equipping medical students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide comprehensive, collaborative, coordinated and continuing health care that encompasses a biopsychosocial model of health.

It involves a number of courses and clinical placements in which students gain an involved understanding of population health, disease epidemiology, public health policy, disease prevention, immunisation, social justice, and inequity and inequality, among other topics. Students also have the opportunity to visit and share knowledge with Aboriginal health and community groups and gain experience with Aboriginal service providers.