Public health Health and medical sciences

Public health Health and medical sciences

Community and health services is the fastest-growing job sector in Australia due to a greater focus on support for people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, and an ageing population.

One in four new jobs created between 2013 and 2018 will be in community services and the health industry. At Macquarie you’ll get the skills you need to make a positive difference in the lives of others.


Public health careersA major challenge for government is the effective and efficient delivery of health, ageing and human services and the formulation of relevant policy and strategies. These challenges extend beyond government to include not-for-profit and private sector service providers.

Over the next 5 years the health care and social assistance industry is expected to grow by over 18% with over 250,000 new jobs created in this sector. (Source: Australian Government, Department of Employment, Australian Jobs 2015)

Studies in public health prepare you for careers in:

  • Health education
  • Health promotion
  • Research and policy development
  • Project management
  • Public health
  • Health and community administration
  • Advocacy and non-government organisations
  • International health and development
  • Public Health Clinical Practice

Examples of titles held by Master of Public Health graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Public Health Specialist;
  • Public Health Intelligence Officer;
  • Health Partnership Programme Manager;
  • Epidemiologist;
  • Health Data Analyst;
  • Project Coordinator;
  • Senior Legal Policy Advisor (Health); and
  • Public Health Advisor.

Potential employers include government, non-governmental organisations, business, public health clinical or community settings, multilateral aid organisations, or other groups concerned with health, human rights, indigenous issues, environmental health, health leadership, and/or development.

Graduates of the Master of Public Health research specialisation interested in pursuing further higher degree research would also be well-equipped to do so, and to move further into a research career.

Professional experience

Our Undergraduate Programs offer PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) programs. These programs are unique to Macquarie and take students out of the lecture theatre to give them the chance to gain relevant workplace experience in a professional or community setting.

Watch the video below to see our students gain practical experience evaluating the Books in Homes' program in Maningrida primary school, in remote Northern Territory

Graduate outcomes

Liz HingLiz Hing
Healthy Living after Cancer Consultant at Cancer Council, NSW

Completed Bachelor of Human Sciences, Public Health: Policy and Promotion.

“The degree is a very broad degree offering many different subject choices. It was the subject choice and the flexibility that appealed to me most.”

“This degree is a fantastic degree to do if you are interested in working in health. It is a broad degree that allows students to explore a variety of possibly future careers. When I started my degree as a mature aged student in 2006 I never dreamed that I would one day have the wonderful career in health I now have.”

“This degree opened my mind and also provided me with many different job prospects at the end of the degree.”

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