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Public Health PhD Unit Set


Public Health research at ECU concentrates on key areas.

These key areas include, Public Health Nutrition, Occupation Health and Safety, Environmental Health, Public Health Policy and Practice, Ageing, health and wellbeing, Child & Adolescent Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Communities of Practice, and Education and Gender. Specific postgraduate research topics are developed in conjunction with the postgraduate coordinator or potential supervisors, however, applications are particularly encouraged from those with an interest in: Occupational health risk modelling; Whole of organisation management to risk; Mosquito vector management; Climate change; Heat stress and health impacts and policy; Bush fires and heavy metal contamination; Eco safety - food and water issues; Built food environment; Nutrition education in schools, the early years and the aged care sector; Food literacy; Food security for regional and remote Australians, homeless and vulnerable groups; Urban agriculture; Regenerative farming and the food system value chain; Communicable disease and immunisation; Alcohol and other drug-related harm; Psychoactive substances; Alcohol and other drug policy; Blue environments; Ageing and social engagement Women and alcohol Social and emotional health of young people Cyberbullying Participatory health research approaches Researchers in the School are currently involved in projects investigating nutrition education in the early years setting; how complex system thinking can map ecosystems to build food secure regions throughout WA, how transformational games can support child learning around different public health issues and promoting social engagement and wellbeing amongst older adults in residential aged care through exercise. The School also boasts purpose built occupational health and safety and environmental health laboratories equipped with industry relevant equipment for hazard assessment. In addition there are purpose built food and nutrition assessment laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and teaching labs with technologies to enhance learning.

Special entry requirements

It is desirable that all applicants contact a potential supervisor to discuss their research project before applying. Information about ECU's Research Institutions, Centres and Supervisors can be found in the school brochures listed on the Applying for a Research Degree website or the staff contact page of the relevant School.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online


Important notes

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Academic, Public Health Practitioner, Research Officer, Research Fellow, Public Health Nutritionist, Dietitian, Public Health Practitioner, Health Promotion Coordinator/Officer/Manager, Compliance Officer, Policy Officer, Lecturer, Alcohol and other Drugs Policy Officer, Policy Writer, Research Liaison Officer, Epidemiologist., Environmental officer, Healthy and Safety Officer

Possible future job titles

Public Health, Nutritionist, Health Promotion, Health Policy, Researcher, Lecturer, Executive Officer, Academic, Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker, Immunisation Officer, Epidemiologist, Health Economics, Environmental officer, Healthy and Safety Officer

This PhD Unit Set can be studied in the following courses

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