Master of Public Health

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Public Health
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code020018B
Deakin course codeH747

Offered to continuing students only. Students commencing in 2015 onwards should refer to the H757 Master of Public Health course entry.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.  It aims to:

  • assist students to appreciate the historical foundations of public health and lessons learned from history;
  • develop a broad-based understanding of the determinants of health in populations;
  • develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the broad public health endeavours
  • develop the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain and improve upon existing health-promoting environments
  • develop critical thinking about efforts to promote health and prevent disease
  • carry out research to identify public health priorities and generate initiatives for policy and action, public health program planning and evaluation
  • develop strategies to ensure equity in the health system and interventions to promote the health of disadvantaged groups.
  • possess an appreciation of the complex challenges in public health and the need for multidimensional solutions;
  • develop the skills necessary to generate and use research data related to public health issues, endeavours and interventions.

Pathways

The Master of Public Health is constructed to provide you with the opportunity to gain a second masters degree with only one additional trimester of full-time study. You may choose to combine the Master of Public Health with the Master of Health and Human Services Management or the Master of Health Promotion. Enrolment in a second masters degree is subject to application and selection. To take advantage of this opportunity, eligible students are advised to speak to the course director regarding how to structure their course to ensure the appropriate subjects are chosen early and allow this option to develop.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

This course consists of 12 credit points of study, comprising a combination of core units (4 credit points), selective units (at least 2 credit points) and elective units that can be chosen according to the desired career pathway.

The majority of core, selective and elective units will be offered in Cloud (online) and campus mode. Some units may also be offered in block mode.

Course structure

Core units

All students must complete the following core units:

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH746Biostatistics 1

Selective units

All students must complete a minimum of two selective units from the five options listed below:

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH717Health Economics 1

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSN705Public Health Nutrition

Elective units

Students must chose up to six 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 coordinator. Students interested in pursuing this option should seek the advice of the course coordinator before proceeding.

Option A

HSH731Minor Project A (1 credit point)

HSH732Minor Project B (1 credit point)

Plus four elective units from the career pathways listed.

Option B

HSH733Major Project A (2 credit points)

HSH734Major Project B (2 credit points)

Plus two elective units from the career pathways listed.

Career pathways

Health Promotion and Community Development

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH704Health Communication

HSH705Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning

HSH707Health Promotion in a Global Context *

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment ~

HSH715Qualitative Health Research *

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities *

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSH736Community Consultation and Participation *

HSH739International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning *

HSH740People, Health and Planning *

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

Note: Students undertaking this career pathway should take the HSH703 Health Promotion selective unit.

Environments for Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH707Health Promotion in a Global Context *

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment ~

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities *

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSH736Community Consultation and Participation *

HSH739International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning *

HSH740People, Health and Planning *

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine +

Note: Students undertaking his career pathway should take the HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights selective unit.

Public Health Practice

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment ~

HSH717Health Economics 1

HSH719Economic Evaluation 1

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities *

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSH739International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning *

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

HSH746Biostatistics 1

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine +

Note: Students undertaking his career pathway should take the HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights selective unit.

Health Economics and Management

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment ~

HSH717Health Economics 1

HSH719Economic Evaluation 1

HSH739International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning *

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

HSH746Biostatistics 1

MPM721People Management

Note 1: Students undertaking this career pathway should take the HSH717 Health Economics 1 selective unit.

Note 2: Students may also select a unit from the Master of Business Administration offered at Deakin University subject to approval from the course leader.

Public Health Nutrition

HSN701Principles of Nutrition

HSN702Lifespan Nutrition

HSN705Public Health Nutrition

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN713Food, Nutrition and Behaviour

HSN734Obesity Prevention

HSN738International Nutrition

Note: Students undertaking this career pathway should take the HSN705 Population Health and Food Issues selective unit.

Applied Research

HSH715Qualitative Health Research *

HSH719Economic Evaluation 1

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

HSH746Biostatistics 1

Note: Students undertaking this career pathway should take the HSH725 Research for Health Practice selective unit.

* 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


Income support

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.