School of Population and Global Health

Protecting and improving health

Population (or public) health is the art and science of protecting and improving the health of communities, using an evidence-based approach through research, advocacy and health promotion. It plays an important role in health and wellbeing, as well as improving the social and environmental conditions and behaviours that affect us.

At The University of Western Australia, the School of Population and Global Health is a leading research, teaching and service organisation whose work influences health policies and practices. The School comprises Population and Public Health, the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) and The Raine Study.

With a commitment to achieving excellence in teaching and research training, our courses are flexible and industry relevant, giving students the knowledge and skills to address pressing and emerging health issues.

The School is guided by an Advisory Board that includes high profile and influential members from both government and non-government organisations and provides high level external review and advice on the relevance and direction of major teaching, research, research translation and community engagement programs for the School.

Population Health is all around us: the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the immunisations we receive and the environment in which we live. Professor Colleen Fisher, Head of School 

Our Courses

Undergraduate major in Population Health
Studying an Undergraduate major in Population Health allows you to examine the patterns of health and disease in society, and apply medical research and evidence-based medicine to populations to improve the health of the community.
Graduate Certificates
Graduate Certificates comprise 4 units and can be credited towards a 1.5 year Master of Public Health or 2 year Master of Public Health.

Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies
This 6 month course allows you maximum flexibility to select units of interest. 

Graduate Certificate in Communicable Diseases Epidemiology
This 6 month course includes coursework units relevant to careers in responding to infectious diseases from a public health perspective. 

Graduate Certificate in Environment and Health
This 6 month course includes coursework units relevant to careers in environment and health. 
Master of Public Health

The 1.5 year Master of Public Health is ideal for domestic students and can include a dissertation or practicum. 

The 2 year Master of Public Health is ideal for international students and can include a dissertation and practicum.  It provides graduates with a suitable background and generalist qualification for a career in Public Health.

Higher Degrees by Research
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Seasonal School

The School has reputation for teaching excellence and a strong evidence-based approach to epidemiology, health services research, health program evaluation and health promotion. Our Seasonal School offers s range of out-of-semester units for course credit or professional development at several points throughout the year. These are flexible, convenient education opportunities for a broad audience. 

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Scholarly Activity

Public health coursework options for the UWA MD program
The following coursework units are core units within the Master of Public Health (MPH). They cover essential public health knowledge and skills which are integral to a successful career in medicine.  Many current MPH students are practicing doctors looking to broaden their knowledge in public health, who view the MPH as a pathway to a more comprehensive understanding of public health and career progression opportunities.
Students choosing the MPH coursework option will complete the mandatory units 
PUBH4403 Epidemiology 1 and PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health plus choose either:

All units are available online and should be taken in the following sequence:

Students who enrol in the MPH within 5 years of completing can credit these units towards the MPH.  

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Research initiatives

Our Population and Global Health research sets the foundation for high-impact initiatives, solving the challenges of the modern world.

Our people

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UWA Adjunct and Clinical Title Holders

Adjunct appointments provide a mechanism for The University of Western Australia to recognise suitably qualified and experienced individuals who make a significant contribution to the academic activities of their Schools.

There are two categories of adjunct – those who are actively engaged in clinical practice (Clinical titles) and those who are non-clinical (Adjunct titles).

Adjunct Queries

For any queries, please contact the relevant School or UWA Affiliated Centre: 

School of Population and Global Health:
Centre for Child Health Research:
Centre for Medical Research:



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