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Careers and further study
This course opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.
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.
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.
Six areas of Population Health career directions
Master of Public Health
Fees and scholarships
Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students
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
Undergraduate – onshore students
Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.
Cost of living
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
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
Population Health examines patterns of health and disease in society, the applications of medical research and evidence-based medicine to populations and considers what we can do to improve the health of the community. This major will give you a strong foundation in health science with skills in scientific investigation, critical thinking and problem solving.
About the course
In your first year, you'll study health issues locally and globally, and the social, environmental, biological and historical factors that influence health in a population.
- Available 2020/2021
- Perth (Crawley campus)
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- 16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
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Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.
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Your degree options
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.
Health Students' Society
The Health Students' Society (HSS) is a student-run, not-for-profit organisation for undergraduates completing health-related majors at UWA. HSS provides social and education opportunities and encourages students to make the most of their time on campus and of university life. HSS offers a support network for members during their degrees and aims to enhance the university experience and raise the profile of graduates to prospective employees.
"I studied a double undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce at UWA, with majors in population health, genetics and management. In 2012, I completed an Honours project in autism genetics as a collaborative research project between UWA and the Telethon Kids Institute.