Play a vital role in protecting and improving the health of communities. This degree is essential for a career in population health including health promotion, policy formulation and planning population health programs.  

 

Faculty
Faculty of Medicine and Health
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended), Fully online
Award
Master of Public Health
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year(s)

Overview

Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of public health practice. The Master of Public Health will prepare you to identify, understand, prevent and contain disease in populations. You’ll also learn to identify and address the social determinants of population health inequities to improve collective health outcomes.

The topics covered in this degree reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the field. The program will equip you with core skills in:

  • epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • health promotion
  • quantitative and qualitative research methode
  • health policy
  • planning and health services management.

This degree provides both the foundational skills necessary to launch a career in public health and the education needs of public health specialists for career progression.

Key features

  • Research extension options
    The Master of Public Health (Extension) gives you the opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in public health research through additional research methodology courses and/or an advanced research project. Opportunities are available to progress from a coursework master’s degree that includes a research component to enrolment in a PhD.

  • Dual degree options
    Make the most of your studies by completing two master’s degrees within 1.7 years. You can combine this degree with the master’s programs in health leadership and management, global health or infectious diseases intelligence. Studying two programs concurrently enhances your career prospects and gives you the opportunity to combine knowledge and skills from two related disciplines.

  • Industry relevant program
    This program was designed to be relevant to the workplace, with many opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to practice. One such opportunity is our internship program, where you’ll gain practical experience in relevant health organisations. We offer a range of domestic and international internship placements in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

  • Flexible delivery
    Complete your study from anywhere in the world. This degree provides flexible learning options so you can complete the degree according to your needs and commitments. Courses can be taken online or face-to-face, full-time or part-time. Our online learning spaces facilitate collaborative learning so you can connect with fellow students and course convenors in real-time.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Tailor your degree to your interests
Tailor your degree to suit your goals through a broad program of study or a focused public health specialisation. We offer nine specialisations in areas where we have extensive expertise, including:

Gain international connections through the PLuS Alliance
The PLuS Alliance combines the strengths of three leading research universities – Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW – to solve global challenges. You’ll have the opportunity to take online courses with Arizona State University to bring a global perspective to your education. Moving away from the traditional classroom, this degree will immerse you in a global learning environment, where you’ll study alongside students from Australia, the United States and around the world. 

Join a sector-leading population health community
Join a community that’s playing a key role in enhancing population health and healthcare systems. This program is delivered by the School of Population Health – a dynamic, international community of staff, alumni, practitioners and students. Our multi-disciplinary teaching and research staff have research and practitioner experience in local, national and international settings. Research and collaboration opportunities are available for students in our internationally recognised research centres and institutes. You will be part of a community involved in translating ground-breaking research into disease prevention and response strategies and informing health policy.

Build your professional network
Join an engaged cohort of like-minded students and a successful alumni community. Our graduates currently hold leadership roles in public and private services spanning ministries/departments of health, local health districts, public service roles relevant to social determinants of health, non-government organisations across Australia and around the world, in addition to graduates who bring population health expertise to their clinical work. 

 

Program Code
9045
CRICOS Code
008969M
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
910800 (CSP) 910801
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
312

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Entry requirements

For entry into this degree, you must have one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience. This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of four or more years duration (e.g., MBBS, MD).
  • An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management. 

Relevant fields
Examples of relevant fields include, but are not restricted to:

  • medicine
  • nursing
  • allied health
  • health sciences
  • biomedical sciences
  • dentistry
  • sociology
  • behavioural and social sciences
  • psychology
  • marketing
  • human services
  • emergency services
  • environmental health
  • veterinary science
  • health administration
  • business
  • management
  • engineering
  • law
  • science
  • mathematics and statistics
  • economics
  • policy studies
  • development studies

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Entry criteria
For entry into this degree, you must have one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience. This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of four or more years duration (e.g., MBBS, MD).
  • An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management. 

Relevant fields
Examples of relevant fields include, but are not restricted to:

  • medicine
  • nursing
  • allied health
  • health sciences
  • biomedical sciences
  • dentistry
  • sociology
  • behavioural and social sciences
  • psychology
  • marketing
  • human services
  • emergency services
  • environmental health
  • veterinary science
  • health administration
  • business
  • management
  • engineering
  • law
  • science
  • mathematics and statistics
  • economics
  • policy studies
  • development studies.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

Gain an advanced and integrated understanding of public health practice. The Master of Public Health will equip you with the knowledge and skills to identify, understand, prevent and contain disease in populations. You’ll also learn how to identify and address the social determinants of population health inequities.

Full program structure

The Master of Public Health can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years part-time. The program is made up of eight courses total, including four core courses and four elective courses. 

  • The graduate certificate and graduate diploma provide an articulation pathway into the Master of Public Health. 

  • You can choose to study a broad Master of Public Health or complete a specialised program of study.

    • Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing
      Enhance the capacity of the primary health care, public health, allied health and community development sectors to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. This specialisation equips people for careers developing interventions into the physical, psychosocial, cultural and environmental determinants of Indigenous Australians’ health and wellbeing.

    • Epidemiology 
      Learn how implement the principles of epidemiology that underpin public health programs and policies. You’ll gain sector-needed advanced epidemiological and biostatistical skills. This specialisation is suitable for students who want to transition to a career in quantitative research methods in public health.

    • Health Economic Evaluation
      Gain an understanding of the use and purpose of economic analyses in population health. You’ll learn how to apply economic evaluation to assess the costs and benefits of healthcare programs. This specialisation is suitable for students who want to transition to a career in health economics.

    • Health Promotion
      Public health practice requires consideration of social determinants, health policies, equity gaps and social justice. This specialisation focuses on social understandings of health. It will equip you for a career taking a multi-sectoral approach to promoting health through research, practice, policy and advocacy.

    • Infectious Diseases Control
      Learn the principles and practice of disease surveillance and fundamentals of outbreak investigation. This specialisation explores methods of disease control including vaccination, treatment programs and processes for containing emerging infections such as pandemic influenza.
    • International Health
      Explore global health and development from a public health perspective. This specialisation provides students with the skills and knowledge to address key health issues in low and middle income countries. It also enables students to contribute effectively to international health development.

    • Primary Health Care
      Learn how to contribute and respond to current developments in primary health care services. Primary care is a critical component of any health system, with the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the whole health system. This specialisation explores the role of primary care and integrated care in improving the health of populations.

    • Public Security
      Gain a strong grounding in public health combined with the health aspects of disasters, emergency management and crises. This specialisation is particularly aimed at first-responders, analysts or policy makers from health, emergency management, law enforcement, military or related backgrounds.

    • Social Research
      The solutions to health problems often lie outside health systems or departments – in social policy, urban design or the penal system, to name a few.  This specialisation will provide you with expertise in the methods and practices needed to develop public health responses which meet community needs. 
  • You can choose to extend your Master of Public Health degree or combine it with another degree.

    • Extension Degree: Extensions include a research component.
    • Dual Degrees: Complete two degrees in 1.7 years full-time. You can combine your Master of Public Health with Health Leadership and Management, Global Health or Infectious Diseases Intelligence.
    • Dual Degrees + Research Extension: Complete two degrees in two years full-time. This option includes the addition of an extension component where you’ll complete additional electives including a research project or a research methodology course. 

Future careers

Graduates of the Master of Public Health are recognised as leaders in disease prevention and control, program and policy formulation, implementation and evaluation, health promotion, population health research and management of health programs. Many occupy key positions in health departments, population health units, universities and non-government organisations in Australia, the Western Pacific and Asian regions.

There’s strong demand in Australia and globally for professionals with specialised interdisciplinary skills in Public Health. The Master of Public Health can lead to a career in:

  • government departments and ministries of health
  • public health networks
  • local area health services
  • universities and research institutes
  • international health policy and funding institutions
  • non-governmental agencies
  • mental health services
  • Indigenous health organisations.
Arlita Willman
“My MPH has already assisted me in my career, affording me the opportunity to quickly make the transition from research and disability sector work into a health promotion position."

Arlita Willman

Operations Manager

How to apply

Applications for domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Postgraduate.

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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$31,680*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$31,680*

*There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$47,280*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$48,280*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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Dr Lesh Satchithananda
“The lessons I learnt from UNSW have already added immense value to work I’ve done at all levels of the health sector, including working with federal and state governments. This program fuelled my passion for improving the health of all Australians by making change at a systematic level."

Dr Lesh Satchithananda

Senior Consultant

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