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Health and Social Policy

Bachelor of Social Science

Gain an understanding of the social and ethical factors influencing health and illness.

Understand how policy and social factors shape health outcomes. Combining a strong foundation in policy with social justice principles, students learn to analyse local and global health systems, the layered social, cultural and environmental determinants of health, and craft policies to achieve socially just health outcomes.

Graduate career destinations in government and non-government organisations (NGOs) are common. Roles include policy and research officers in international health organisations, Indigenous community health organisations, local area health networks as well as state and federal government.


1 in Queensland for social policy and administration

QS World University Rankings 2024

1 in Queensland for social sciences and management

QS World University Rankings 2024

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Community health worker
  • Community health planner
  • Global health and development adviser
  • Health service manager
  • Public health researcher
  • Public health manager
  • Public policy officer
  • Community services worker
  • Health policy analyst
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Australian Social Policy
  • Introduction to Health, Illness and Society
  • Indigenous Politics & Policy
  • Medicine, Markets and Health: Sociological Perspectives on Health and Illness

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