Master of Public Health

Postgraduate coursework

Apply to study a postgraduate Master of Public Health course and help develop and activate solutions to improve health and wellbeing.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

1 - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent, depending on your entry point

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The Master of Public Health is about protecting and improving health. Itprepares you to solve global health issues through evidence-based initiatives. Focus on one of eight career pathways or create your own bespoke pathway to suit your aspirations. Build skills and professional networks that open the door to exciting opportunities and leadership roles in the field.

How far can a postgraduate degree in public health take your career?

If you want to become a leading voice in public health, this course will give you the tools to make it happen. You’ll have the opportunity to become an expert in a specific area of public health, and the practical skills you learn will empower you to make a big impact on an even bigger scale. The course is ideal for both clinical and non-clinical health professionals. It’s also a great fit for graduates from other fields who are passionate about improving the health of individuals, communities and populations.

The Master of Public Health focuses on evidence-based action that drives positive change across health systems. You will use the latest research to form strategies that tackle global health issues. Then bring your ideas to life by creating initiatives for policy change and interventions. Your initiatives could be related to various public health fields, including epidemiology, focussing on disease control and prevention. You will look at issues from a big-picture angle and promote the conditions that optimise population health..

Tailor your degree by choosing electives from eight fields of study:

  • public health practice
  • epidemiology
  • health promotion
  • health economics and management
  • applied research
  • public health nutrition
  • humanitarian assistance
  • disability and inclusion.

By narrowing in on a field of interest, not only do you get to learn more about what you’re passionate about, the expertise you develop creates a pathway between where you are now and your dream role.

Much of what you learn is shaped by Deakin’s world-class health research. You’ll have direct access to the research produced by the Institute for Healthcare Transformation which is led by internationally recognised researchers. This research doesn’t just help you when you’re studying and solving case studies – It’s incredibly valuable knowledge that you’ll carry with you throughout your entire career.

The Master of Public Health can be completed on campus or online, a popular choice for students who are working in the health or other industries while studying. Use our premium online learning platform to fit your degree around your life and achieve your career goals on your schedule.

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Course structure

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. Recognition of Prior Learning can be granted depending on previous studies and professional experience. 

All core units will be offered in both campus and online (Cloud) mode

The majority of electives will be offered in both campus and online (Cloud) mode. 

Other electives outside the list below may be approved on an individual basis. Course Director approval is required.

Some units may be offered in block mode.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core units

All students must complete the following core units and one zero credit point unit:

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health
  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies
  • Health Promotion
  • Research Literacy for Health Practice
  • Health Equity and Human Rights
  • Epidemiology 1
  • Biostatistics 1
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Electives

    Students must also choose 8 electives.

    These may be chosen from within or across the fields of study listed. 

    Students interested in pursuing a research focus should undertake a Minor or Major Project in place of some of these electives. 

    • If undertaking a Minor Project (worth 2 credit points) students complete HSH731, HSH732 and 6 of the electives below.
    • If undertaking a Major Project (worth 4 credit points) students complete HSH733, HSH734 and 4 of the electives below.

    Electives by Fields of Study

    Public Health Practice 

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment
  • Health Economics 1
  • Economic Evaluation 1
  • Healthy Cities and Urban Communities
  • Global Health Policy and Planning
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Biostatistics 2
  • Agricultural Health and Medicine
  • Epidemiology 2
  • Postgraduate Health Practicum
  • International Perspectives in Health and Social Development
  • Health Promotion

  • Health Communication
  • Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs
  • Qualitative Health Research
  • Healthy Cities and Urban Communities
  • Community Consultation and Participation
  • Global Health Policy and Planning
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Postgraduate Health Practicum
  • International Perspectives in Health and Social Development *
  • * Limited places in this unit are allocated based on an interview process and academic merit.

    Epidemiology

  • Epidemiology 1
  • Epidemiology 2
  • Biostatistics 1
  • Biostatistics 2
  • Health Economics and Management

  • Health and Social Impact Assessment
  • Health Economics 1
  • Economic Evaluation 1
  • Global Health Policy and Planning
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Biostatistics 2
  • Postgraduate Health Practicum
  • Health Technology Assessment 1
  • Resource Allocation and Priority Setting
  • Economic Evaluation - Theory and Practice
  • Economics for Managers
  • Business Process Management
  • Applied Research

  • Health and Social Impact Assessment
  • Qualitative Health Research
  • Economic Evaluation 1
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Biostatistics 2
  • Epidemiology 2
  • Postgraduate Health Practicum
  • Public Health Nutrition

  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Food Policy and Public Health
  • Nutrition Promotion
  • Food, Nutrition and Behaviour
  • Systems Thinking in Public Health Nutrition
  • Obesity Prevention
  • International Nutrition
  • Humanitarian Assistance 

  • The Humanitarian World
  • Management of Humanitarian Health Programs
  • Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts
  • Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector
  • Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice
  • Fundamentals of Humanitarian Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Humanitarian Contexts
  • Disability and Inclusion

  • Disability and Inclusion: Contemporary Theory and Lived Experience
  • Planning for Inclusion Across the Life Course
  • Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in the Lives of People with Disability
  • Community Capacity Building - Theory and Practice for Inclusion
  • Inclusive Design and Technology
  • Disability Research - Inclusive Approaches
  • Other electives outside this list may be approved on an individual basis. Course Director approval is required.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Public Health
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    H757
    CRICOS code?
    020018B
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud campus 

    Additional course information

    There are two alternative exit points available from H757 Master of Public Health:

    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.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a National Police Record Check, a Working with Children Check. Please refer to the relevant unit guide.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Elective units involving internships or collaborative research and work based training arrangements can occur at any time including during standard holiday breaks listed here

    Work experience

    Many units incorporate work-integrated learning activities Internships and collaborative research and work based training arrangements are also available for eligible students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70+. Limited places are allocated based on academic merit.

     

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline

    OR

    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship 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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Pathways are offered in six areas: 

    • applied research 
    • health promotion 
    • public health practice 
    • health economics and management 
    • environments for health 
    • public health nutrition 
    If you have a Bachelor in the same discipline or major sequence in a related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points).  If you have a Bachelor (Honours), in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 8 credit points (units, which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent.  If you have a graduate diploma in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.  If you have a Masters degree in a related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 10 credit points (units), which means you need to complete less than 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.

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    A 'same discipline' award for this course is in public health, a 'related discipline' award for this course is health sciences, health promotion, health and human services management or other related field.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    The health industry is the largest and fastest-growing employment industry in Australia*. A postgraduate degree in public health puts you in a position to take advantage of this demand. Graduates can broaden their career options and use their leadership skills to progress to senior positions.

    Public health practitioners have the opportunity to work in international organisations such as:

    • World Health Organization (WHO)
    • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

    As well as:

    • the non-government sector (for example, organisations focused on cancer, tobacco, drugs, reproductive health, obesity, food security, violence and HIV)
    • the government sector and federal or state level
    • local councils.

    Some common public health jobs include:

    • Epidemiologist
    • Community health worker
    • Disease and infection investigator
    • Environmental health specialist
    • Global health professional
    • Occupational health and safety specialist
    • Urban planner
    • Health educator
    • Emergency preparedness and response coordinator
    • Public health policy coordinator
    • Research analyst
    • Public health physician

    Visit the Public Health Association of Australia website for more

    The Master of Public Health also provides pathways to pursue a PhD and a career in academia.

    Professional recognition

    All students will receive a two-year membership to the Public Health Association of Australia while studying. This will provide invaluable access to events, journals, publications, special interest groups, job opportunities and mentors.

    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.

    Communication

    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.

    Digital Literacy

    Demonstrate digital literacies in public health practice and scholarship to interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate a range of complex public health evidence, theory and solutions at an abstract level.

    Problem Solving

    Using appropriate analytical and research methods, develop and evaluate strategies to prevent disease and injury and protect and improve health.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate effective self-management skills, autonomy and accountability that contribute to the development of lifelong learning in public health.

    Teamwork

    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.

    Global Citizenship

    Apply ethically appropriate research and practice skills to the appraisal of public health related issues and generate appropriate and culturally sensitive responses.