Master of Public Health

  • CRICOS code: 020358D


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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