What can I do with my course in public health and health promotion?
Careers in public health and health promotion
As a public health and health promotion professional you seek to understand and act on the social and environmental factors that cause poor health as well promoting those factors that create and sustain good health.
You will be involved in the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information on public health, as well as advocating for public health policy development, research and training.
The field relies on diverse approaches, so you may be involved in community engagement, health planning and management, policy development, education and media to combat factors that cause poor health.
Roles in this field are highly competitive so you may need to begin your career in a project or part-time role including:
- Project work through government initiatives
- Project work in allied health (e.g. social planning, aged care, youth work)
- Part time positions in the community services sector
It is important for you to gain relevant work experience in community engagement and capacity building activities before finishing your studies. You can usually gain internships or volunteer work in relevant agencies through networking.
Skills and attributes
You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in public health and health promotion:
- Problem-solving and analytical proficiency
- Investigation and research techniques
- Teamwork skills
- Project management skills
- Good communication skills
- Ability to relate to people and the environment
- Compassion towards others
- A high degree of motivation and self-discipline.
Related roles include:
- Health promotion officer
- Health researcher
- Community development officer
- Health educator
- Health policy developer
- Health public relations officer
- Partnerships coordinator
- Program development officer
- Women's health officer
Salary and job outlook
You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for public health and health promotion graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.
Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.
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