Public Health

Admission requirements

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Public Health requires:

  • a bachelor degree.

Admission to the Master of Public Health requires:

  • completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate diploma; or
  • a bachelor degree in public health, medicine, medical science, nursing, allied health (including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, optometry), dentistry, veterinary science, education, communication and journalism, science, arts, psychology, social science, political science, policy analysis, government, international relations, engineering, architecture, mathematics, law, economics, commerce, business, accounting or marketing.

Applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a field not listed above, plus have other professional or non-professional qualifications and/or substantial relevant experience or other qualifications, may also be eligible for admission.

See the course Rules for further details.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Public Health requires the successful completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 36 credit points of core units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of elective units of study, with a minimum of 6 credit points from Part 1 of the Table of units of study.

The Master of Public Health requires the successful completion of 72 credit points of units of study including:

  • 36 credit points of core units of study; and
  • 30 credit points of elective units of study, with a minimum of 18 credit points from Part 1 of the Table of units of study
  • 6 credit points of capstone (or 12 credit point Research Project with reduction in elective units).

Pattern of enrolment and pathways

For Graduate Diploma in Public Health, students must complete the set 36 credit points of core units and can then choose at least one elective unit from the Part 1 list.

For Master of Public Health, students must complete the set 36 credit points of core units and can then decide whether to follow the general degree program, choosing electives from across the degree offerings, or they can choose a specialisation within the degree.

All students must complete the required credit point value of core units of study regardless of elective choice.

The specialisation options are:

  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Health Promotion and Advocacy
  • Research Methods

If you are thinking of undertaking training in the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM), you should note that the AFPHM have requirements for the content of the MPH you undertake. You should contact the AFPHM to confirm the exact requirements, as these may change over time.

Core units of study

Core Units of Study Credit point Semester Delivery mode   

Graduate Diploma students must complete 36 credit points of core units of study, Master students must complete 42 credit points of core units of study

PUBH5010
Epidemiology Methods and Uses
 6  S1 face to face (evening or day); online
PUBH5018
Introductory Biostatistics
 6  S1 face to face (evening or day); online
PUBH5033
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
 6  S1 block mode; online
PUBH5036
Public Health: Critical Challenges
 6  S1, S2 block mode; online
HPOL5000
Health Policy and Health Economics
 6  S1  block mode; online
PUBH5505
Qualitative Health Research
 6   S2 block mode; online
Additional core units of study for Master's students
PUBH5134
Capstone in Public Health
 6  S1, S2 block mode; online