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Torrens University, a pioneer in Public Health

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Torrens University Australia is quickly proving itself to be a game changer in the field of public health.

Earlier this year, the Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) at Torrens University Australia pioneered the first national Atlas which shows incidence of cancer by community and locality across the nation. The findings pinpoint information by state and territory, socioeconomic status and remoteness, allowing users to break down cancer incidence by and sex, and compare the rates with other data by Indigenous status, birthplace, education and wellbeing across small localised areas.

The map not only provides vast amounts of information about the incidence of main cancer groups across Australia and mortality from cancers, but can be used by public health officials to precisely target health campaigns.
It is this type of groundbreaking innovation that Torrens University is quickly becoming known for, particularly in the field of public health. Public health is focused on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. Activities to strengthen public health capacities and service aim to provide conditions under which people can maintain to be healthy, improve their health and wellbeing, or prevent the deterioration of their healt.
Strategies include health promotion campaigns and advocacy, health policy, health monitoring and screening at a population level, and planning, implementation and evaluating health programs. Whether you are interested in playing a part in a non-government organisation, a national health care system, or your local council or community, you could be part of the growing global demand for high-quality graduates in public health.

Dr Katherine Faull is the Program Director for Public Health at Torrens University Australia, and is focused on supporting progression and academic success of the students within the Bachelor of Applied Public Health, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters of Public Health. Katherine has been teaching in Higher Education for nine years while working in public health programs involving surveillance, monitoring and reporting for local councils and government.

“Effective Public Health programs and policies have the potential to make a significant difference to communities locally, nationally or globally,” she notes.

“Currently, Torrens University Australia offers a Bachelor of Applied Public Health and a Master of Public Health. These programs offer students the opportunities to develop knowledge of global health issues and solutions, and Australia’s role in global health, acquiring skills in planning, implementation and evaluation of programs that aim to improve the health of populations.

Universities such as TUA offering public health programs are producing scholars with the knowledge and tools for effective communication around public health, at a policy level and at a community and individual level. In addition, the research vital to developments in public health is largely conducted by university research groups. Graduates of Torrens University’s Public Health programs will be equipped to meet the growing global demand for high-quality leaders at all levels of the public health sector,” says Dr Faull.

Prospective students can RSVP to attend the Torrens Health Webinar to learn more about the courses, to meet the subject matter experts and find out how you can make a difference when you study at TUA.

For further information about Torrens University Australia’s Public Health programs, please click here.

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