Public Health studies
A Public Health study program will train you to plan, manage, review and co-ordinate public health programs for Governments, NGOs and private and public health care service providers.
Public Health course structure, core and elective units of study.
You will be trained in four key areas essential for a modern Public Health professional.
- Evidence based knowledge - the corner stone for Public Health policy development and practice. Gathering and interpreting data as the basis for informed decision making.
- Decision making - beliefs and interests of stakeholders and their impact on informed decision making based on the evidence.
- Action – translating evidence and decisions into policy and practice; advocating for change at a national, regional and community level.
- Outcomes – understanding evaluation research methods and practice to evaluate and continually improve public health programs.
This will prepare you for employment as:
- Public health officers within state or commonwealth departments of health
- Health education or health promotion officer
- Clinical research management
- Health program management and health information management
Why study Public Health with us
We offer a one year Masters (MPH) program open to undergraduates from a broad range of studies and life backgrounds.
Popular course content includes: Epidemiology; Biostatistics; Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Indigenous Health and Indigenous Health Promotion; Public Health Values, Ethics, Decision Making, Practice and Policy.
Our graduates are work-ready and in demand by employers.
Study programs available in Public Health
- Master of Public Health develops skills essential for the effective practice of public health. Graduates will be able to determine the nature of community health problems, and bring together the necessary services to deliver them.
- Graduate Diploma in Public Health - requires a shorter period of study and has more flexible entry requirements. An option to upgrade from the GradDipPH to the MPH is available once you complete 24 credit points of coursework.
Master of Public Health (Professional Practice)
Want to add a practical work experience component to your Master of Public Health degree?
The Professional Practice placement is designed for high achieving students who wish to get real world public health work experience. It provides the opportunity to apply your learning in a range of public health disciplines (such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion, health economics etc) to a practical project in a public health workplace. It will also assist you in making the transition from training to employment and will improve your competitiveness when seeking employment within public health. This work experience will help you refine and develop your career aspirations.
To apply for the MPH(Professional Practice) you'll need to already be enrolled in the MPH degree, and have achieved a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75% in the first 24 core credit points of coursework. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 31 August. Successful applicants will enrol for an additional semester (12 credit points) while completing their placement (approximately equivalent to 6 weeks full time work).
MPH(Professional Practice) is not available to international students.
- Listen to students speak about the MPH (Professional Practice) program
- Master of Public Health (Professional Practice) Course Information
Master of Public Health (Chronic Disease Prevention and Control)
Interested in extending your MPH to specialize in chronic disease prevention? From 2015 you will be able to enrol in the Master of Public Health (Chronic Disease Prevention), or convert your existing MPH to a Master of Public Health (Chronic Disease Prevention) by studying an additional 12 credit points’ worth of chronic-disease-specific units. Admission to this degree is competitive and based on academic merit and a written submission. More information is available here.
Important: If you are thinking of converting to the Master of Public Health (Chronic Disease Prevention) in 2015, you need to choose your 2014 electives carefully. Note that there is a REQUIRED unit from the MIPH program, MIH5117: Global non-communicable disease control. It is only available in second semester. If you are a fulltime student, you need to undertake this in 2014 so you can complete your degree at the end of Semester 1, 2015. For your electives, you need to choose these from the lists available at the above link. Most of these are also only available in Semester 2. Please study this list carefully to ensure you have the correct electives to be eligible for this degree.