Whilst medicine is focused on treating patients, public health is concerned with improving the health of large numbers of people and communities. Public health specialists are committed to prevention rather than cure. By this, we are referring to the promotion of healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, improvement of health care services and general health of communities. Public health practitioners work in a range of settings and communities across the globe.
Teaching and research is a core focus of the Discipline of Public Health. It is committed to teaching and research across a number of programs and schools within the University of Newcastle. Our leaders are recognised both nationally and internationally for their work in this field.
The Discipline of Public Health teaches into the Joint Medical Program which is offered by the University of Newcastle and University of New England. Many of our graduates will go on to careers in public health.
JMP graduates will often choose to move into public health.