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Public Health (Honours)

Public Health Honours Major (BSc Health Hons) - BScHealthHons - MJRH-PHLTH Health Sciences
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February

This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

Duration 1 year full-time

Course overview

The Public Health Honours is a specialised year of study for those students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement in their undergraduate degree.

The honours year offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in a research topic under the expert guidance of an academic supervisor, providing you with advanced training in contemporary approaches to health research.

If you have performed well in your undergraduate studies, have a capacity for defining and solving problems, enjoy discussing concepts, and exploring ideas, we encourage you to apply for honours.

Honours has the ability to improve your employment opportunities, as many prospective employees view honours as an indicator of advanced skills and knowledge and an ability to work independently.

The completion of an honours year shows that you have persistence, the ability to apply yourself to achieving a complex goal, and are able to manage your time when presented with a large task to complete independently.

Public Health Honours develops originality and independence of thought and trains students in research. Project topics are developed in conjunction with a potential supervisor, and cover a large array of potential fields of research.

Project work includes topics from the five research themes in the School of Public Health:

  • Health Promotion
  • Occupation & Environment
  • Health Systems & Health Economics
  • Food Nutrition & Health
  • Centre of Clinical Research and Education


Admission criteria

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Students with an outstanding performance and completion of an appropriate Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) course will be considered for entry to the honours program.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:


This course has an earlier application deadline. Please visit the application deadlines page for further information.

Fieldwork requirements

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Why Public Health (Honours)?

  • We provide opportunities for the development of research skills, as well as well as critical thinking, problem solving and scientific writing.
  • You will be supervised by academics from the School of Public Health who are active researchers.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.