Help build better communities
Do you want a career that helps others? With a degree in community health improvement, you’ll learn how to inspire individuals and communities to lead healthier, happier lives. USC’s holistic programs teach you the physical, social and emotional drivers of health, and equip you with the practical skills you’ll need to make a difference – either at home or internationally.
Work in a growing field
Community health is one of Australia’s fastest-growing sectors, which means your degree will open up a wide range of career opportunities. It’s estimated there’ll be an additional 16,800 jobs in health support and 19,600* jobs in social and welfare services in the next four years alone. That’s on top of 8,700* new roles for qualified social workers.
Why study at USC?
Our degrees include a strong focus on respect for persons, human rights, social justice and professional integrity. You’ll be supported to build your practical skills through USC-arranged work or field placements, meaning you’ll be job-ready when you graduate.
*Source: Australian Government Department of Employment – 2016 Occupational Projections to November 2020
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Bachelor of Health and Community Care Management
The Bachelor of Health and Community Care Management is designed to prepare you for management roles in the dynamic community health sector. The program focuses on analysing health care trends, managing human resources, providing workplace education and training, and coordinating complex care situations, with a particular focus on the opportunities and growth of in-home care due to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Aged Care Reform.
Bachelor of Human Services
In the Bachelor of Human Services, you’ll learn the theory, values and practical skills that underpin social justice, in preparation for roles in child safety, community development, youth work and more. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge into contemporary society, individual, family and community behaviour, discover how to critically analyse social problems, and learn about social welfare arrangements in Australia.
Bachelor of Social Work
If you have a passion for social justice and human rights, USC’s professionally accredited Bachelor of Social Work will prepare you for professional roles in the sector. You’ll analyse the causes of social inequality, and learn the tools and practical skills that will bring about change in people’s lives. You’ll also get plenty of in-field experience through two USC-arranged field placements. If you’re interested in how social environments influence crime and crime prevention, study the double Bachelor of Social Work / Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.
Bachelor of Health Science
With USC’s flexible Bachelor of Health Science, you can specialise in the community health area that most interests you. Choose from extended majors in Applied Health Promotion, Applied Environmental Health, Health Communication, Epidemiology and Public Health, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Professional placements will get you job-ready and prepare you to tackle current and future community health challenges.