Public Health

Protect and improve the health of communities around the world by preventing disease and promoting wellbeing.

Be part of a remarkable health culture

Study public health at the University of Adelaide and you’ll become part of a rich history of world-class health education and research that stretches back over 135 years. You’ll also join a university ranked in the top 100 worldwide for public health*. Our community of leading scientists, educators and students are working together to advance innovative ideas to change individual behaviours, public policies and health care practices.

Create significant career opportunity

The capabilities you gain from our public health degrees will be extensive, readily transferable and highly sought-after. You'll be well prepared to start—or advance—your career in a wide variety of health areas. You might tackle major chronic illnesses, advocate for better child health outcomes, fight new and emerging infectious diseases, or develop policies and practices to reduce the global burden of disease. Whatever you choose to do, you'll be involved in making a healthier world for all. This includes in:

  • medical research
  • health policy and advocacy
  • health education and outreach services
  • government agencies
  • community health organisations.

Career prospects

Employment growth for the majority of public-health-related roles ranges broadly from stable to very strong. Health is one of Australia's largest and fastest growing industries, with 15% industry growth predicted by 20251. In South Australia, the health and medical industries sector is forecast to more than double by 2030 to reach $5 billion2.

  • Ranked #85 globally for Life Sciences and Medicine*
  • Producing 'above' world standard public health research^
  • Ranked #96 globally for Public, Environmental and Occupational Health*

1lmip.gov.au Occupation Projection (Health Professionals)
2www.growthstate.sa.gov.au
*US News Best Global Universities 2022
^Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018
QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2022

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