Associate Degree in Public Health (Specialisation)
CQUniversity - Cairns

Course outline

This is an ideal course for community-minded individuals with an interest in making a difference in the community. It will students develop broad skills and knowledge in public health, while developing specialised expertise in health promotion and environmental health. Students will be prepared for a diverse career in emerging public health para-professions. Public health refers to a collection of disciplines that share a common aim to prevent disease, promote health and improve wellbeing among the population as a whole, rather than focusing on individuals. The major in health promotion covers topics such as drugs in society, health promotion concepts, healthy lifestyles, and community assets and needs assessment. The environmental health major focuses learning on microbiology, food safety, environmental toxicology, environmental health law and modern environmental issues. Students have the option to continue their studies and complete CQU’s Bachelor of Public Health (Specialisation), allowing them to further enhance their future career prospects. For more course information, visit Associate Degree in Public Health.


Environmental Health; Health Promotion.

Other requirements

Students enrolled in the unit HLTH12031 spend 25 hours volunteering in the community. The content and assessment are highly reflective, with the aim being to help students build an understanding of a salutary approach to health. If studying online, there are compulsory residential schools for some units. For full course requirements, visit courses at CQUniversity.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for CQUniversity and this course, refer to CQUniversity’s website.


Completion of Year 12 or attained age 17 years

Recommended study
General English (Units 3 and 4, C); a General Science Subject (Units 3 and 4, C).
Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

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Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

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Career opportunities

Environmental Health Officer; Environmental Health Worker; Health Promotion Officer.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds

9 Jan 2025
5 Jun 2025

CSP/$8944 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Associate Degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

2 years Full time or 4 years Part time

Cairns & Far North Queensland