There is great job satisfaction in helping people live full and healthy lives. You could make a tangible impact in the lives of others through study in health and medicine, nursing, public health, social work, and human geography. Whether you’d like to have a role in one-to-one healthcare, or in shaping health outcomes at a community level, study at UOW can help you get there.
Help people achieve
How will you help people to better health?
Are you passionate about caring for people at their most vulnerable? Would you like to have a significant role in the lives of others, and feel job satisfaction in a way that is impossible to feel in any other career? A degree in nursing at UOW could be right for you.
Do you want to treat illness and help people manage their health? Would you like to reduce the risk of disease by steering people toward more appropriate food choices? Or would you like to help athletes enhance their performance or recover from injury? Consider study in health at UOW.
Would you like to understand how social and physical landscapes impact behaviour and wellbeing? Would you like to help whole communities improve their health? Consider social work, public health, or human geography in the field of social sciences and advocacy at UOW.
I wanted to do something along the lines of health and nutrition, but I also want to do something that was in line with psychology. Epidemiology is looking at trends in diseases. I think everybody has the right to a healthy lifestyle. I want to educate people to make better decisions about their health.
Stories to inspire you
What do we really mean when we talk about wellness? In an increasingly commercialised health sector, wellness has become an industry; but is it actually helping? We spoke to senior lecturers Dr Anne McMahon and Dr Nadia Zainuddin about what it really means to be in good health.
In 2019, 10 UOW social science students were given a unique opportunity to gain insights and understanding of what life is like in a remote community. They were welcomed to Ngukurr, in the heart of Arnhem Land, and were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community in sharing their time, knowledge, and experiences.
What does nursing mean to a teenage girl with cancer? Or to a small child having their tonsils out? Or to a Nurse Unit Manager on a short-staffed ward? In a profession filled with quiet heroes, we spoke to three women about why they decided on nursing, and in a career where no two days are the same, what it really means to them.
‘Smart’ technology has the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of many, but as we come to terms with the potential of new technologies, we risk being driven by what could be done, rather than what should be done. Human geographer Professor Pauline McGuirk looks at the potential of smart cities, and how we can learn from others’ mistakes.
My mum and all my Aunties are nurses, here and back home in Chile. That sparked something for me, hearing their conversations about caring for their patients. I just like seeing how you can make a difference in someone’s life just by advocating for them, making sure they’re comfortable or those little things that can make a difference.
See where your degree could take you
Your interest in helping others to better health could lead to a diverse and rewarding career, with opportunities in direct healthcare, allied health, public health and social work.
No matter your path, your UOW degree is appreciated by employers; UOW is consistently rated in the world's top 200 by global employers (QS Graduate Employability rankings). Here are just some of the careers you could pursue:
- Aged care manager
- Allied health professional
- Child protection officer
- Clinical nurse consultant
- Community planning and development manager
- Disability care worker
- Emergency nurse
- Environmental health officer
- Environmental impact analyst
- Exercise scientist / physiologist
- Family and community services manager
- Geospatial Intelligence Officer
- Health administrator
- Health care manager
- Health promotion officer
- Indigenous health officer
- Industry health worker
- Mental health advocate
- Natural resource manager
- Nurse educator
- Nurse manager
- Population analyst
- Public health project manager
- Refugee services advocate
- Registered nurse
- Rehabilitation specialist
- Social worker
- Specialist nurse
- Sustainability educator
- Water Resource Manager
- Youth worker
UOW's Careers Central offers advice on the career options that study in a particular discipline can provide, including sample jobs, employers, key skills, professional associations and postgraduate study options.
UOW offers a number of services that can help make finding work that fits with your studies a little easier.
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