Module one, Positioning Yourself in Public Health requires students to use self-assessment tools to identify public health capabilities and career interests and aspirations. The second module Professional Practice and Career Development in Public Health provides students with the opportunity to engage with professional practice in public health, career development opportunities, and transferrable skills for future work. In the third module, Applied Public Health Research, students will be supported to consolidate and further extend applied research skills for public health, including in research design, research ethics, collaborative and inclusive research approaches, and research translation. The final module focuses on Communication for Public Health and will enable students to develop and apply skills in public health advocacy, the use of new media and technologies in public health promotion, and strategies for developing health information, education and communication outputs.

This is a core course in the Bachelor of International Public Health (3880) comprising 6 units of credit towards the total required for completion of the study program.

Mode of study

Fully online

Key contact

Dr Kristen Beek
Course Convenor
+61 (2) 9385 5890

Who should do this course?

It is recommended that Applied Public Health Practice be undertaken by students who have completed the first 2 years (full-time equivalent) of the Bachelor of International Public Health.

Course outcomes

This course aims to enable students to:

  • Identify, synthesise and further develop knowledge and capabilities acquired during their undergraduate program.
  • Reflect on capabilities and areas for development in relation to career goals and interests.   
  • Evaluate and reflect on professional and public health practice skills including evidence-informed practice, collaboration, communication, problem solving, project management, self-assessment, inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, and reflective practice.
  • Integrate and apply knowledge and skills in public health for application in a real-world setting.  

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and reflect on attributes and capabilities relevant to public health practice.

  • Apply career development competencies to opportunities in public health and articulate career goals and interests.

  • Synthesise and present evidence for knowledge, skills and attributes developed during the undergraduate program to date.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in evidence-informed practice, communication, inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking and reflective practice in public health. 

  • Create and present a research or advocacy product to address a public health issue of current significance. 

Learning & teaching

This course provides you with the opportunity to learn about professional practice in public health (including collaboration, communication, problem solving and project management skills); explore the process of career development in this field (including reflecting on current capabilities and career goals, researching and exploring opportunities, planning and setting goals for professional development); and be supported to develop applied research skills in public health (including processes around ethics applications, research design and methodologies).


Assessment Task 1 -  Self-assessment and learning contract
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Task 2 - Portfolio or profile development
Weighting: 30%

Assessment Task 3 - Applied Public Health Practice product and report
Weighting: 50%

Readings & resources 

There is no required textbook for this course. Each week you will be given the required reading materials in the lessons. All required reading materials is marked ‘Mandatory’ on Leganto, accessible from the Moodle course page. There will also be ‘optional’ reading materials made available on Leganto: these resources were used to develop the lessons and you may find it useful to browse through them for further information.