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Bachelor of Public Health

Have a passion for life? Make a difference through your healthcare career.

  • International cross-campus collaborations, placements and internships expose you to a variety of international staff, students and stakeholders, and mean you gain a global perspective on public health.
  • Our courses place health in the current social and managerial context.
  • Monash South Africa graduates are eligible to join the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA).
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Have a passion for life? Make a difference through your healthcare career.

  • International cross-campus collaborations, placements and internships expose you to a variety of international staff, students and stakeholders, and mean you gain a global perspective on public health.
  • Our courses place health in the current social and managerial context.
  • Monash South Africa graduates are eligible to join the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA).

Why study Bachelor of Public Health?

The Bachelor of Public Health is a multidisciplinary, flexible degree that provides students with the opportunity to learn key principles in public health, and health programmes and policy leading to a wide range of careers.

It also provides a pathway to postgraduate (pre-med) clinical programmes (for example medicine, social work, nursing and allied health) as well as to honours and postgraduate studies in public health.

International cross-campus collaborations, placements and internships expose you to a variety of international staff, students and stakeholders, and mean you gain a global perspective on public health. We also take advantage of local opportunities for collaboration between Monash South Africa and partners within the South African community.

In your first year, you'll investigate the biological bases of health and disease, health and social care systems and global health. Fieldwork in your third year provides a broad exposure to the public health sciences that underpin an understanding of health and illness in both individuals and populations.

This programme is offered by Monash South Africa in cooperation with Monash University. Successful completion of this programme leads to a Monash South Africa qualification.

Course details

Career opportunities

Job market growth in the health, local government, and workplace and education sectors continues unabated. There is a strong demand for multi-skilled programme managers and for prevention promotion workers, particularly to work with vulnerable groups and ageing populations.

Government directions for health programmes in most African countries are now geared for jobs in community settings rather than hospitals, to deal with rising rates of chronic conditions and disease, as the shift from hospital to community based programmes continues. Government and non-government organisations are constantly in need of health policy analysts and policy makers especially as health, social and other policy sectors are expected to develop partnerships and cross-sector partnerships and policies (i.e. transport and health, environments and health).

Careers in the public, private, or non-profit sectors might include:

  • Accident, illness and disease prevention and control
  • Biostatistics
  • Community health work
  • Education and teaching
  • Epidemiology
  • Health administration
  • Health awareness, policy and promotion
  • Nutrition, dietetics and exercise
  • Public health management
  • Research

Professional recognition

Monash South Africa Graduates are eligible to join the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA).

This course is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of South Africa.

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