Help develop and activate solutions to improve health and wellbeing.
This postgraduate degree is perfect for medical professionals, allied health workers and clinicians who are looking for ‘bigger picture’ approaches that improve the health of individuals, populations, the environment and communities.
The Master of Public Health focuses on improving existing health-promoting environments, identifying public health priorities, generating initiatives for policy and action, and developing strategies and interventions to ensure equity in the health system.
The degree’s flexible structure (half core, half elective) allows you to tailor your degree across a number of career pathways to suit your interests and career aspirations.
Career pathways are offered in six areas: applied research, environments for health, health economics and management, health promotion and community development, public health nutrition, public health practice.
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To complete the Master of Public Health students must attain 16 credit points.
The course comprises 8 core units (these are compulsory) and 8 elective units (you can choose which ones to study according to the desired career pathway).
The majority of core and elective units will be offered in Cloud (online) and campus mode. Some units may also be offered in block mode.
This course is offered to students commencing in 2015 onwards. Continuing students should refer to the H747 Master of Public Health course entry.
All students must complete the following core units:
Health Promotion and Community Development
Environments for Health
Public Health Practice
Health Economics and Management
Note: Students may also select a unit from the Master of Business Administration offered at Deakin University subject to approval from the Course Director.
Public Health Nutrition
Other elective units
Any students wishing to undertake 2 or more of these electives should first speak with the Course Director or Student Advisor to discuss the rationale behind their chosen electives and pathway.
Disability and Inclusion
* Unit offered in alternate years
~ HSH709 includes a 4 day intensive program held in June
+ HMF701 includes a 5 day intensive seminar held in February
Students must choose up to eight additional credit points of elective study completed as either Option A or Option B. Elective credit points may be chosen from within or across the 'career pathways' listed. It is also possible to undertake elective units from any other faculty subject approval of the course director. Students interested in pursuing this option should seek the advice of the course director before proceeding.
Plus six elective units from the career pathways listed.
Plus two elective units from the career pathways listed.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Domestic students enrolled in this postgraduate coursework program may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.
Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.
The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
Opportunities for graduates exist in government, research, non-government organisations, international non-government organisations, health care, community and other settings, both local and global. Many students enrol in this program to progress in their current roles or to obtain senior positions. The course is also ideal for allied health professionals and medical practitioners looking to expand upon their existing knowledge.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply advanced and integrated knowledge of public health theory, policy, surveillance, disease control and prevention, research principles, and recent public health developments in Australia and globally to practice and scholarship.
Demonstrate communication skills to justify theoretical propositions, issues and influences on public health in an effective and coherent manner to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Demonstrate digital literacies in public health practice and scholarship to interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Critically evaluate a range of complex public health evidence, theory and solutions at an abstract level.
Using appropriate analytical and research methods, develop and evaluate strategies to prevent disease and injury and protect and improve health.
Demonstrate effective self-management skills, autonomy and accountability that contribute to the development of lifelong learning in public health.
Apply teamwork, leadership and management skills and principles to work effectively in a team environment and with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.
Apply ethically appropriate research and practice skills to the appraisal of public health related issues and generate appropriate and culturally sensitive responses.
How to apply
Apply direct to Deakin
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.