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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 fully online (international onshore students are required to study the course on-campus), multidisciplinary degree is designed for health professionals seeking to develop their skills and knowledge in public health, while continuing to work. If you already work in public health, or want to move into this field, this course can prepare you for advancement in your organisation or field, providing you with practical skills and helping you to broaden your knowledge and skill set.

You will gain a thorough grounding in the major areas of public health and also have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest. In your first year you will undertake a number of core units including epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion, health policy, public health nutrition and climate change. In your second year you will choose one of the following streams to specialise in: 

  • Applied epidemiology and biostatistics: epidemiology, geographic information systems, epidemiology of infectious diseases and advanced applied biostatistics
  • Public health: public health nutrition practice, organisation of healthcare systems, epidemiology of infectious diseases and health partnerships, politics and power
  • Health promotion: health promotion method, health promotion in challenging contexts, evaluation of health promotion, health promotion, media and advocacy
  • Health policy and management: organisational ad healthcare system, leadership in healthcare, introduction to health economics, health planning and evaluation

In your second year you will also have the opportunity to carry out research under the guidance of an academic supervisor. You can choose between two research pathways. The first is a 50-credit research project, which you combine with two optional units. For the full list of units, please refer to the Curtin Handbook. The second pathway is more research intensive and comprises a 100-credit research dissertation related to your employment or area of interest.

Master of Public Health students come from a variety of fields, including medicine, nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, pharmacy, dentistry, biomedical and lab-based sciences, nutrition, occupational therapy, occupational health, environmental health, health promotion, statistics and management, among others. 

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

A bachelor degree or equivalent, preferably in a health science field, behavioural science, education, social science or management.

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Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 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 Postgraduate 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)

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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