Work with multidisciplinary teams to solve public health problems
As a public health professional, you’ll be making Australia a healthier place to live by tackling prevalent and complex challenges at their root cause.
According to the National Health Survey released 12 December 20181, public health issues such as mental and behavioural conditions, obesity and chronic health conditions continue to increase.
With a public health career, you can help fuel research, bring awareness, build policies, create programs and solve complex public health challenges to better the lives of Australians.
A Master of Public Health will equip you to work in a variety of health-related roles. Graduate ready to apply for roles including:
Senior policy officer
- Collaborate with a range of stakeholders from government, the private sector and the community.
- Develop policies, briefings and project plans to implement best practices and improve people’s quality of life.
Health project manager
- Design and manage health projects through to completion.
- Lead your team, negotiate with stakeholders, gain approvals, assess risks and manage budgets in line with expectations.
- Research public health problems to find solutions, recommend interventions, change policies and improve professional practice.
- Conduct research to inform projects.
- Design studies using qualitative and quantitative research.
- Contribute to reports and communicate your research findings.
Public health managers
As a public health manager, you’ll identify what large scale health challenges need to be solved, evaluate any current programs associated with the issue, amend current programs or ideate, create, implement then evaluate new programs. According to 2019 employment projections, the growth rate of these roles is 18.6%2 – more than double the national average. Payscale reports the average salary for a health manager in Australia is $99,750.3
Education, health and welfare services managers
As an education manager, you’ll implement and evaluate programs designed to build awareness and help solve public health challenges. According to 2019 employment projections, the growth rate of these roles is 15.8%3 – nearly double the national average. Payscale reports the average salary for education managers is $89,289.4
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- “National Health Survey: First results.” Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2018, 12 December. https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/health-conditions-and-risks/national-health-survey-first-results/2017-18. Accessed 14 October 2020.
- “Occupation projections – five years to May 2024.” 2019 Employment Projections – for the five years to May 2024, Australian Government Labour Market Portal, https://lmip.gov.au/default.aspx?LMIP%2FGainInsights%2FEmploymentProjections. Accessed 14 October 2020.
- “Average Health Manager Salary in Australia.” Payscale. https://www.payscale.com/research/AU/Job=Health_Manager/Salary Accessed 14 October 2020.
- “Average Education Program Manager Salary in Australia.” Payscale.https://www.payscale.com/research/AU/Job=Education_Program_Manager/Salary. Accessed 14 October 2020.