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Work practicum opportunities

In today’s workplace, employers are looking for graduates with work experience who can quickly play a significant role and help the organisation achieve its objectives. Undertaking a work practicum as part of your USC degree helps you prepare to meet these expectations.

Undergraduate students enrolled in one of the following programs will need to complete a workplace practicum (HLT326 Health PracticumYou have the option to do a second workplace practicum as an elective and if places are available.

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Applied Health Promotion)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Epidemiology and Public Health)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Health Communications)
  • Bachelor of Health Promotion
  • Bachelor of Nutrition
  • Master of Health Promotion

Overview of HLT326 Health Practicum

HLT326 placements are based with external organisations and give students the opportunity to gain valuable experience prior to completing their studies and seeking employment in the field. The workplace learning experience, including projects and tasks asked of students, are aligned to discipline specific competencies.

In each of the work placement courses, students complete 75 hours of practical experience with an organisation specific to their field. There is some flexibility as to how this time is allotted, though the 75 hours is spread over a time frame sufficient to allow the student to complete a project or set of tasks allocated to them, and often negotiated with the workplace supervisor.

Each work placement is different in health science and is tailored depending on your area of expertise. Organisations may be government (e.g. Queensland Health, local council), non-government (eg. Heart Foundation), academic (e.g. Research and consultant organisations) or charity-based (e.g. Red Cross). In addition to locally based placements, there are opportunities for rural and remote placements in Australia, as well as interstate and overseas options.

Placement essentials (Mandatory Checks)

To be eligible to commence placement, students must complete the following Mandatory Checks.

NOTE: some of the mandatory checks can take quite some time to organise and students are advised to commence working on obtaining their specific mandatories as soon as they have accepted their offer.

All documentation will need to be uploaded to your Sonia Online* account before you begin your practicum. Additional mandatory information will be provided to you during your program.

*Access to Sonia Online available to enrolled students only

Remuneration and insurance

Please note that no remuneration or payment is made by the organisations to the students or to the University for hosting a student on work placement. Students undertaking an approved placement are covered by the University’s insurance policies.

How to apply

Students are required to submit an expression of interest for work placement. Please note that organising a placement takes time. Students need to submit an expression of interest form well in advance of your Semester or Session.

More information

More information for Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Health Promotion students is available in the Public Health Programs Portal* in Blackboard.

These sites contain:

  • The Student Practicum Information Manual
  • Pre-requisites and mandatory information for work placement
  • Expression of interest forms

* Available to current enrolled students only


For any further questions regarding work placements for HLT326 please contact the course coordinator:

Associate Lecturer Kara Lilly
Associate Lecturer Public Health
School of Health and Sport Sciences
Tel: +61 7 5456 3445

For general enquiries about School of Health and Sport Sciences work integrated learning opportunities please contact:

Clinical Placements Administrative Assistant
Tel: +61 7 5456 5823

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