Bachelor of Public and Community Health

University of Newcastle


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Did you know the most common global health issues are largely preventable? If being part of the solution excites you, this degree is the place to start. Public health professionals work to improve the health of communities around the world. They develop policies and health promotion programs to address infectious disease, homelessness, poverty, lifestyle behaviours, and to improve the environments we live in. Issues like rising rates of chronic disease, healthcare costs and an increased need for research on disease prevention mean there’s a growing need for skilled public health professionals in the workforce.

Areas of study: Choose from eight interdisciplinary majors including: Environmental health, epidemiology and data sciences, global health, health promotion, health sociology and anthropology, integrated systems and health administration, social justice and health inequity, social marketing.

Career opportunities: Graduates are employed in non-government organisations, primary care organisations, local and state government, Indigenous health and more. Typical roles include: Health educator, health promotion officer, public health officer, public health program manager, environmental health officer, social marketing manager, project officer, health administrator, community health officer, community development worker.

Practical experience: You’ll complete a semester-long work experience program in your final year of study. This means you'll gain valuable practical experience, be able to build professional networks and graduate industry-ready. As part of the program’s Professional Pathways courses, students will undertake a series of a ‘passion projects’ where you have the opportunity to undertake work experience, volunteer work, and explore the areas you’re most interested in. You will be supported by a network of peers, advisory teachers, expert mentors and community along the way.

Fees and charges: Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Family and Community Studies.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Student profile

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.

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Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria