Bachelor of Public Health (Specialisation) - CC59

Become a leader in improving the health of communities and the wider population with the Bachelor of Public Health (Specialisation) at CQUniversity. Develop broad skills and knowledge in public health, whilst developing specialised expertise in the areas of environmental health, health promotion and nutrition. Benefit from the support of experienced public health lecturers and authentic work-integrated learning opportunities including 240 hours of practical placements to build a professional portfolio to graduate work-ready.


On Campus, Online


SR:60 ATAR:60




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


Bundaberg, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville, Online


No prerequisites required


Senior English and Senior Science

Study the Bachelor of Public Health (Specialisation) at CQUniversity to develop broad skills and knowledge in public health, whilst developing specialised expertise in the areas of environmental health, health promotion and nutrition.

Public health refers to a collection of disciplines that share a common aim to prevent disease, promote health and improve wellbeing among the population as a whole rather than focusing on individuals. With a strong emphasis on participation, prevention and partnership with the community, you will develop solid foundations of the socio-ecological model of public health.

During your studies you will have the opportunity to complete practical placements in real-world settings, enabling you to further enhance your employability and put the skills and knowledge you obtain into practice.

Core Units 12 Major Units 8
Electives 4 Minor Units 4


You are required to complete 24 units consisting of 12 core units, one eight-unit major and four electives. You can choose to complete a four-unit minor instead of four electives.

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

You will gain real insights and knowledge from a teaching team with recent and relevant experience in the many facets of public health

Our public health teaching team have industry experience having worked as health promotion officers, environmental health officers and public health nutritionists in Queensland Health, local government, not-for-profits and private industry. Throughout the course, you will hear from guest lecturers such as public health professionals from Queensland Health and Regional Councils, and key leaders in disease and response teams.

Benefit from authentic assessments that simulate professional activities, such as problem-solving, managing disease outbreaks, investigating foodborne disease, conducting needs assessments, and writing funding applications. Your assessments ensure that you graduate with a set of professional skills and have opportunities to practise them in a workplace practicum so that you are job-ready, with a portfolio of relevant work.

In your final year, you will complete a 240-hour work placement where you will have opportunities to apply your knowledge of public health program planning and evaluation, whilst developing an understanding of the professional requirements of working as a public health, health promotion or environmental health specialist. You will be exposed to real projects and public health scenarios that build your experience, enhance your work readiness and allow you to develop valuable industry connections and networks.  

CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Public Health will open the door to diverse careers across Australia and internationally.

Careers in Health Promotion
If you choose to study health promotion you will work with community, industry, business and government to educate people to make healthy choices. You will have the skills, knowledge and experience to work on projects and programs in a range of areas and settings such as infant feeding, maternal health, child health, chronic disease prevention, Aboriginal health, food supply, food security, or overseas development and more.

Careers in Public Health Nutrition
The nutrition major allows you to provide advice and guidance to organisations, private industry, community health groups and government about population-level issues in the field of nutrition. You will have the skills knowledge and experience to work on projects that help to write policy about nutrition in schools, food labelling, regulations relating to allergens and intolerances and work closely with health promotion professionals to improve health issues relating to diet, especially obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Careers in Environmental Health
As an environmental health graduate, you will be able to work in local, state and federal government, in overseas aid, the military (including the army and air force as an environmental health officer) as well as in private industry. You’ll work on projects related to the environmental impacts on human health such as safe drinking water, safe food, clean air, healthy housing, disaster management, areas impacted by changing environments, and settlement planning to improve health, to prevent injury and disease.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2022Bundaberg, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville
Term 2 - 2022Bundaberg, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
Environmental Health8

The environmental health profession in New South Wales often includes significant duties relating to building surveying. Students considering working in this jurisdiction should consider the Built Environment minor when planning their study.

Health Promotion8


Students majoring in Public Health Nutrition are strongly recommended to enrol in the Health Promotion Minor.

Built Environment4

Environmental Health4

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for ENVH12001 Food Safety and ENVH13002 Environmental Health Risk Management.

Environmental Science4

Exercise Science4

Health Promotion4

Indigenous Studies4
Management and Human Resources4

Nutrition Science4

Occupational Health and Safety4

Unit NameCodeDescription
Public Health in Practice BPBHL13004Placement in professional environment relevant to chosen major. Developing experience relevant to professional- specific activities/tasks. Planning and conducting a research project or health promotion program in the workplace.
Public Health in Practice APBHL13003Placement in professional environment relevant to chosen major. Developing experience relevant to professional- specific activities/tasks. Planning and conducting a research project or health promotion program in the workplace.
Students are required to attend residential school for a number of units in the course: Compulsory for all students: SCIE11022 Introductory Science; Environmental Health Majors: PBHL12001 Communicable Diseases and Public Health; MBIO19012 Microbiology; ENVH12001 Food Safety; ENVH13002 Env Health Risk Management

Rank Threshold

 A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0

Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2021.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2021 view our Institute Profile.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

Senior English and a Science subject OR Associate Degree in Public Health OR relevant VET Certificate or Diploma.

Completion of the Bachelor of Public Health (Specialisation) will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in roles such as:Environmental Health Officer

  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Environmental Manager
  • Occupational health and safety roles (upon selection of appropriate minor).

This course is accredited with Environmental Health Australia and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education.

Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.

If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution?

Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.

The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1, 3 and/or 4.

Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.

You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

VictoriaONL: 1700110511 
QueenslandONL: 851795; BDG: 811791; CNS: 821791; TVL: 801791; ROK: 851791
New South WalesONL: 160571
Western AustraliaONL: 150571

If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centreView the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland; South Australia; Northern Territory Apply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
Victoria; Tasmania Apply via VTAC

Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni
Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.
As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:

  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
Apply direct

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