Master of Public Health

    • CRICOS Code: 020358D

    What will I study?


    Intended learning outcomes


    Upon completion of the Master of Public Health graduates will be able to:

    • Discuss the public health conceptual foundations
    • Identify current public health challenges in global, Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian communities
    • Describe the ways in which biology, the environment, indigenous status, society and culture interact and determine health
    • Outline the organisational structures of the Australian and international public health systems
    • Identify the key population based public health strategies

    Upon completion of the Master of Public Health graduates will be able to:

    • Apply theories of leadership and management in public health practice
    • Communicate public health evidence for advocacy, and engagement using diverse media.
    • Critically reflect on the influences on decision making in public health practice, including personal attitudes and beliefs
    • Demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively within an inter-disciplinary team
    • Apply principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and International Indigenous cultures and values to public health practice.
    • Understand the importance of culture and engage respectfully with people of different cultures
    • Analyse, appraise and synthesise public health research evidence to inform public health decision making
    • Assess the health needs of a community in the context of the determinants of health and apply the findings to the development of public health strategies
    • Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a public health program
    • Use tools and techniques for planning and managing a public health project
    Application of knowledge and skills

    Upon completion of the Master of Public Health graduates will be able to:

    • Apply a comprehensive knowledge of a public health specialisation or area to develop solutions to complex public health problems;
    • Design and manage a detailed investigation of a public health issue in a substantial project, with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;
    • Reflect on individual performance or processes undertaken in the management of a substantial public health project.

    Generic skills

    Academic distinction
    • Have an in-depth knowledge of public health conceptual foundations and practice
    • Be able to apply specialist public health knowledge and skills in a public health discipline
    • Be able to examine issues from multiple disciplinary perspectives within public health
    • Be able to think critically and creatively
    • Be able to apply knowledge, information and research skills to solve complex problems
    • Be effective written and oral communicators
    Active citizenship
    • Be engaged with contemporary local, national, global issues
    • Have a high regard for human rights, social inclusion, ethics and the environment
    • Be aware of social and cultural diversity in communities
    • Be able to work collaboratively with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
    • Be respectful of Indigenous knowledge, culture and values
    • Have the potential to be leaders in their profession
    • Be equipped to make substantial contributions to society
    Integrity and self-awareness
    • Be motivated and organised, with an ability to set goals, manage time and prioritise
    • Be able to work effectively both independently and in groups
    • Be flexible and adaptable
    • Be aware of their own limitations and able to reflect and learn from their mistakes
    • Have empathy and concern for others and are able manage their own well-being.
    • The ability to respond constructively to appraisal, performance review or assessment
    • The ability to manage uncertainty

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    200 point program with research project Capstone option