Master of Public Health

  • CRICOS Code: 020358D

Course overview

  • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
  • Mixed Attendance Mode (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - March and Mid Year Intake - July


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 16th globally for public health (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021).

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We are excited to announce that in 2021 we will launch an option to study the Master of Public Health online. Core subjects and all large elective subjects will be available online in 2021 and into the future. Our on-campus Master of Public Health will continue within the confines of any COVID-19 restrictions for those of you wishing to study with us at the beautiful Parkville campus.

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. Evaluation and Implementation Science
  3. Gender and Women’s Health
  4. Global Health
  5. Health and Society
  6. Health Economics & Economic Evaluation
  7. Health Policy, Systems and Practice
  8. Indigenous Health
  9. Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  10. MD(Doctor of Medicine)**
  11. Sexual Health

** Restricted Entry Program

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’.