Bachelor of Applied Public Health / Bachelor of Global Studies

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This course is a rewarding double degree for those interested in biological, social and environmental determinants of global health and health inequality. It is designed to provide an informed global perspective to enhance your application of public health principles to address complex community and population issues in Australia and around the world. Enhance global knowledge and skills with a period of study abroad/exchange and learn about other countries, their public health systems and approaches. Graduates will be expected to be capable in leadership, with proven research skills and knowledge of the public health sector and the social, political, cultural, environmental, and economic changes that shape the world. This course offers a unique opportunity to study abroad (ACU has over 60 partner institutions around the world), or gain valuable international workplace experience with one of our internship partners. Students have the opportunity to study a Diploma in Languages alongside their degree to further enhance employment opportunities. The course aims to: prepare graduates to apply best evidence, sound judgment and strategy to public health issues and challenges from local and global environments and contexts; develop skills in project management, communication, population level monitoring, personal leadership and performance accountability to be effective in public health; inspire students through high-quality industry, community and service placements including international opportunities; foster the importance of professional excellence and accountability; prepare graduates for entry into the public health workforce; combine compassion for humanity and a commitment to social justice with a sound theoretical understanding of processes affecting disadvantaged communities and individuals locally and internationally; facilitate an understanding of global influences, problems and opportunities that affect contemporary Australia as well as the rest of the world.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Melbourne (St Patrick's)
Institution CRICOS: 00873F (ACT); 00112C (VIC); 00885B (Qld); 00004G (NSW)

Subjects

  • Applied public health
  • Global studies

Australian Catholic University is a publicly funded, world-ranked university and we warmly welcome students and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs. ACU is home to 33,000 students from 160 countries offering a culturally diverse and enriching learning environment.

Our Locations

Our campuses are located in Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, and Rome, Italy, offering our students opportunities to transfer between campuses and broaden their university experience. 

Our reputation and ranking

We are ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide and the number 1 Catholic university in the Asia Pacific*. ACU is also ranked in the top 100 of Young Universities and in the top 50 of Gen Y Universities worldwide**. Our research is world-class and we pride ourselves on our dedicated and outstanding researchers. All research at ACU has been ranked as being at or above world standard by the Australian Research Council***. In 2018, our research was awarded in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. 

Our Programs

Practical experience

With close links to industry, our programs give students opportunities to undertake work placements, internships or volunteering programs while studying to ensure they are prepared for the world beyond the classroom.

Community engagement is a core part of every student’s experience at ACU and is embedded in our courses.

Affordable 

ACU is one of the most affordable institutions in Australia. With accredited and recognised courses, we offer students an excellent return on investment. 

A range of scholarships is on offer for international students, including the International Student Scholarship which covers 50 per cent of full-time tuition fees. This is awarded each year to 20 commencing undergraduate and postgraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence. 

ACU also offers the ACU Global Excellence Scholarship which is available to students commencing business and IT programs.

Courses

ACU offers over 120 undergraduate and postgraduate courses from Education and Arts, Law and Business, Health Sciences, and Theology and Philosophy. Our English Language Centres and diploma pathway programs are located on campus offering access to all our services and facilities.

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* Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018/2019. Percentage calculated as ACU's world rank as a proportion of the total number of universities in the world: International Handbook of Universities 2018, Palgrave MacMillan
**Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019, where “young universities” are defined to be less than 50 years old and “Generation Y universities” are universities established between 1986 and 1999.
*** https://dataportal.arc.gov.au/ERA/NationalReport/2018/

ACU has extensive experience in the support of international students and our support begins from the moment you arrive in Australia with our airport pick-up service.

We have a dedicated team of international student advisers who can provide information on enrolment, accommodation, finance and general student visa advice.

Career support

The ACU Career Development Service supports students and graduates by providing a comprehensive range of services.

Careers staff are located across all ACU campuses and are involved in careers development learning, from the first year through to graduation and beyond. Graduates of Australian Catholic University can access the careers support offered by the university for two years’ after they complete their studies.

Key services offered include:

• ACU CareerHub which is an online portal providing students with appointment bookings, job opportunities, and event information.

• General as well as course-specific career programs and workshops.

• Direct, skype and phone appointments as well as online career advice.

• Employer connection and events.

• Student Jobs on Campus (SJC) that offers students the opportunity to undertake employment with pay across the ACU campuses while finishing their studies.

 

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