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Master of Public Health

MPH(Curtin) - MC-PUBHL Health Sciences
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Online - find out more
Study mode Partially online, online and on-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

This course is multidisciplinary and designed for health professionals seeking to develop their skills and knowledge in public health. Whether you already work in public health or want to move into this field, our course can prepare you for contemporary public health practice that addresses traditional and emerging issues that threaten to negatively impact communities and the environment.

This course builds on the Graduate Certificate and the Graduate Diploma to prepare you to enter the field, or to expand on your expertise in this area. You will gain a thorough grounding in the major areas of public health and specialise in your area of interest.

In your second year you will choose one of the following streams to specialise in:

  • Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Policy and Management.

You will also have the opportunity to carry out research under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Our Master of Public Health students come from a variety of fields, including medicine, nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, pharmacy, dentistry, biomedical and laboratory-based sciences, nutrition, occupational therapy, occupational health, environmental health, health promotion, and statistics and management.

It is possible to exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health or a Graduate Diploma in Public Health once you have completed certain units.

Please note: The fieldwork component of this course is optional.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A bachelor degree from a tertiary institution preferably in health, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.

Fieldwork requirements

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $22,500*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 400 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Applicants who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Public Health or Graduate Diploma in Public Health or equivalent may apply for CRL.

Applicants with at least two years’ post-bachelor work experience may apply for up to one semester (100 credits) of CRL.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you may work in a number of fields, including health administration, protection or promotion. You may work in the public sector or with nongovernment organisations, such as the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council and Red Cross; or with research institutes, universities and international bodies, such as the World Health Organization.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • The curriculum is designed from a global public health perspective. You will be collaborating with peers from all over the world.
  • There are a number of study options available including fully online, full-time or part-time study.
  • You will acquire important knowledge and skills, which will benefit you from day one and help you make a difference in your current role.
  • You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced teaching staff.

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