Master of Public Health

    • CRICOS Code: 020358D

    Course overview

    • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
    • On Campus (Parkville)
    • Available to domestic and international students
    • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - August


    The University of Melbourne is ranked 9th in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health and number 1 in Australia (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020) and is ranked 17th globally for public health (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020).

    The program will appeal to those who want to move into the field of public health, as well as those who already work within a public health or health related field and are preparing for advancement in their organisation or field, or seeking to broaden their knowledge and skill set.

    Within the course students are exposed to the core foundations of public health theory and practice and also have the opportunity to specialise in the advanced public health training specialisations offered through the University of Melbourne. The Master of Public Health programs at the University of Melbourne are delivered by academic staff with extensive experience and depth of knowledge, who are leaders in their chosen fields of public health.

    The Master of Public Health has three components:

    The core component includes up to six subjects that provide students with a rigorous, multidisciplinary foundation in public health theory and practice, that is essential to all aspects of public health practice;

    The specialist component offers students the opportunity to focus on one or more key fields in public health and gain the skills and knowledge required for practice in the area. Specialisations are offered in the fields of:

    1. Epidemiology & Biostatistics
    2. Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    3. Gender and Women’s Health
    4. Global Health
    5. Evaluation and Implementation Science
    6. Health Economics & Economic Evaluation
    7. Indigenous Health
    8. Policy, Systems and Practice
    9. Sexual Health
    10. Health Social Sciences

    The capstone experience offers students the opportunity to consolidate their specialist training and apply the knowledge gained in the course to real world scenarios. Students may apply to undertake a Research Project with an expert in their field; a Professional Practice placement with a recognised agency, institution or community organisation concerned with health; a university based subject in which public health professionals work with students to solve current and active public health problems, titled ‘Public Health in Practice’

    Past webinar

    The Insider Story: Master of Public Health

    Hear from course coordinator Dr Melissa Russell and our alumni talk about the course, career opportunities, placement and student experience.

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