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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face, Online
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
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Study Public Health

Kick-start a rewarding career in public health in just one year! Intended for professionals working in a variety of settings, including health departments and community organisations, the Master of Public Health is a flexible degree, designed to give you a broad introduction to public health and to provide the skills and knowledge to define, critically assess and resolve public health issues within a community, whilst catering for your individual career goals.

Through innovative and applied education, you’ll gain an understanding of contemporary public health issues, and learn practical techniques for analysing public health problems. Whether you study online or on campus, this program provides real experience in public health through core courses designed to give you the skills you need and electives that suit your interests. Workplace-related learning can be readily incorporated for those who work in relevant public health jobs.

Why Study with us?

  • Tailored course selection - choose from a broad variety of directed courses to align with your career direction.
  • Learn from some of the best in the field - our academic staff comprise experienced public health practitioners, health promotion professionals, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and researchers.
  • Study online at your own pace - our advanced online learning system will allow you to achieve your Master of Public Health at a time that suits you.
  • Ranked 1st in Australia for overall graduate satisfaction in postgraduate Health Services and Support (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019).
  • Eligible for credit transfer - Students from the Master of Clinical Epidemiology are eligible to gain 40 units of credit into the Master of Public Health.
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Master of Public Health

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What you will study

The Master of Public Health will provide you with a comprehensive education at a superior level. Designed for individuals who have already successfully completed a bachelor degree in an approved public health related discipline, key areas of study include:

  • professional public health practice
  • disease prevention and control
  • health promotion
  • health systems
  • policy and health economics
  • Aboriginal health

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list


Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Master of Public Health, your skills and knowledge will prepare you for roles including:

  • Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Field Scientist/Practitioner

You may also work across a range of public health areas including:

  • public health units
  • Local Health Districts
  • State and Commonwealth departments
  • general practice
  • non-government organisations
  • academic institutions
  • United Nations agencies
  • international health, development and humanitarian agencies

Professional recognition

Our curriculum is aligned with the recommendation of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA) and as such, our graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Public Health Association of Australia.

How to apply

Applying for Master of Public Health

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Minimum of a four year undergraduate degree in a field related to public health such as medicine, biomedical/medical science, nursing, allied health, dentistry, psychology, veterinary science, education, law, engineering, business, commerce, science and arts. Applicants with a three year undergraduate degree should possess an Honours degree; OR additional postgraduate qualifications such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; OR a minimum of one year’s work experience in a related field.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

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Apply to study in Australia

Both students and education agents can submit applications online. This is our preferred way of application. You can save your application after you have started, and come back to it later.

Apply to study online

This program is open to online international students. Applications to study online are now open.

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