New USC degrees target health industry jobs

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New USC degrees target health industry jobs


23 September 2014

A suite of new health degrees to be offered at USC in 2015 will help graduates prevent and fight disease in the community and globally.

USC is introducing four Health Science undergraduate programs, each with an extended major that will cater for students’ specific areas of interest.

The majors are Epidemiology and Public Health; Applied Environmental Health; Health Communication; and Applied Health Promotion.

Head of USC’s School of Health and Sport Sciences Professor John Lowe said the degrees would provide graduates with the skills for a range of occupations.

These included epidemiologists, who study disease outbreaks, and health communication professionals, who explain how research discoveries affect people’s lifestyles.

“This program expansion is an opportune time on the Sunshine Coast with the development of new health facilities including the public hospital at Kawana,” he said. “It will help place our students in key positions for employment.”

Another new degree in 2015 will be the Bachelor of Health and Community Care Management, which will involve analysing health care trends, managing human resources, providing workplace education and coordinating complex care situations.

Career opportunities for that degree will include respite care coordinators, leisure and lifestyle coordinators, aged care managers and staff development officers.

The new degrees complement the popularity of USC’s existing Health and Nursing Science programs.

Professor Lowe said USC’s Bachelor of Nutrition also would be revamped in 2015 with new courses targeting a wider range of jobs in the food and herbal industries.

USC will introduce 18 new undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in 2015.

— Julie Schomberg

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