A major in Population Health will allow you to study the patterns of health and disease in society and to consider what we can do to improve the health of the community.


Issues in population health are often controversial and we will discuss how we can balance individual and societal needs in order to maximise health and equity. What can we do to improve the health and well-being in communities?

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Course description, features and facilities

At Level 1, you will study Health and Illness in Human Populations and Health and Globalisation. These will introduce you to health issues locally and globally; and the social, environmental, biological and historical factors that influence health in a population.

At Level 2, you will develop skills in critical appraisal and research inquiry through Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The understanding of population health will be built upon in Disease Prevention and Control (which will focus on promoting health and preventing disease).

Level 3 will provide insights into specific applications of population health expertise, through Health Systems and Policy, Health Promotion, Health Industry Leadership and further develop research inquiry skills (Health Research Design and Methods). These units will provide a broad skill base for application within a dynamic health environment.

Complementary units in Aboriginal health and communication and project planning in health are also included.

The focus of teaching and learning will be on problem solving/inquiry directed learning individually and in teams. In particular we will develop your skills to analyse issues from several perspectives and adapt acquired knowledge to new situations.

Central to the major is community engagement, for example through structured visits to health organisations, voluntary work experience programs, field trips and assignments linked with the health sector.

The major will enable students to achieve knowledge and skills recognised as meeting nationally- and internationally-recognised standards.

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Student profile – Ginny Hoi

The best aspect that I have experienced from courses organised by the School of Population Health is the close relationship between academic staff and students. You can get the chance to discuss any health relevant issues with them to broaden your horizon, particularly those out-of-textbook knowledge.


Also, the cheerful in-class atmosphere is another highlight of my experience of studying Population Health units. Students are encouraged not only to sit in the classroom, but they also have the chance to present some focused and specific health topics which they found interested. A structured while flexible learning experience is so remarkable.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

As a Population Health graduate, you will find careers in health promotion, medical administration, policy and planning and health project and program management in health departments, universities and non-government organisations around the world. The major also provides you with a strong foundation for future clinical studies in the postgraduate courses of medicine, dentistry and podiatry. In addition, you can obtain higher degree qualifications by research or coursework, and professional degree qualifications in nursing or social work.  

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Population Health major can pursue further studies at Honours level,

can undertake Masters in Social Work, can complete a Masters in Public Health by coursework or research, or complete a PhD.

Further study options also include the Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. This major gives a strong foundation for clinical studies in medicine, dentistry and podiatry.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Population Health: the details

Available 2016
Locations offered
Albany (selected Level 1 units), Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
4 hours , plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSci), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
School of Population Health
Clifton Street Building, Nedlands Campus
(+61 8) 64881261
Additional information