You’ll study in exceptional learning facilities such as our own health clinics and world-class simulation facilities. And you’ll learn from teaching staff that have real-world practical and professional experience.
Due to our practical focus, you’ll benefit from strong links with healthcare partners around Australia, including our partner clinical schools that provide opportunities for clinical placements, community engagement projects and future employment.
Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. As our student, you can complete part of your degree overseas, and you’ll also get access to a range of international community engagement projects.
As a graduate, you could find yourself promoting educational health campaigns to empower the public, helping others overcome mental illness, or influencing vital policy. Potential roles include public health officer, community development worker, epidemiologist, policy analyst, program evaluator, health educator, project officer and consumer advocate.
Explore the range of courses that we offer at acu.edu.au/courses. If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don’t panic. There are various ways to get into ACU. Explore our pathways to get started.
Associate Professor Shawn Somerset leads the ACU national program in public health. He has tertiary qualifications in nutrition and in infectious disease immunology. He has worked in government, industry and university sectors on food and nutrition-related projects in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
His general field of interest relates to how the world is fed, the various controls, barriers and facilitators involved, and how the expanding world population will find food into the future. An overarching theme of this work is based on issues of fairness and equity in access to healthy diets.
“My favourite things about studying at ACU are the small class sizes, one-on-one teacher support, and the overall relaxed atmosphere on campus.
I want to give all young Australians the opportunity to live long and healthy lives by reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity in our country. With my background in exercise science and public health I hope to have the skills and knowledge to help tackle this huge health issue.”
Books, fees, living expenses — costs can be a factor when considering study. But it shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your goals.
Luckily, we offer a range of scholarships to commencing and continuing students recognising everything from rewarding academic achievement to supporting equality. And with nearly 400 scholarships on offer, and the opportunity to apply for as many as you like, it pays to check your eligibility.
If you regularly volunteer in your community — through your school, workplace, community organisation, or cultural or religious group — you could be eligible for our Early Achievers’ Program. If successful, you’ll receive an offer as early as August, and benefit from opportunities to enhance your leadership and volunteering skills while studying with us.