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.

Graduate opportunities

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.

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 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.

Apply now for the available courses

  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health (Chronic Disease Prevention)
  • Master of Public Health (Professional Practice)