Why study the Master of Public Health

This program prepares health professionals from a broad range of backgrounds and disciplines to define, critically assess and resolve public health and nutrition problems.

Students can undertake this program in a variety of fields- refer to the links under "What you can study" below for further details.

Students may complete the program entirely by coursework or may incorporate a dissertation or project. Dissertation and projects may be completed within Australia or overseas. Any expenses incurred in undertaking the dissertation/project are the responsibility of the student.

The Master of Public Health program is the first in Asia Pacific to have achieved Curriculum Validation from the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA), one of the world's leading accrediting bodies for MPH programs. This validation confirms that the curriculum adheres to European standards for a modern comprehensive degree and contains the basic structure and core content expected from a Master of Public Health.

Summer Semester entry is available to domestic students only as course offerings are limited in that semester.

Summary

  • Program code
    5224
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (27 Feb, 2017)
    Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2017)
    Summer Semester (01 Dec, 2017)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    24
  • Delivery location
    Herston
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An applicant must hold:

  • an approved degree in the same discipline, or
  • a degree in a different discipline and have completed one year full-time work experience in a healthcare setting, or
  • the Graduate Certificate and/or a Graduate Diploma in Public Health from the university (or equivalent).

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Master of Public Health are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Public Health. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Public Health at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian College of Health Service Executives
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Public Health.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Within the field of Public Health, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are associated with a significant burden of illness and injury in populations around the globe. In addition, individuals, families and communities experience adverse social harms arising from specific patterns of intoxication, modes of drug use and illicit drug markets.

Global Health

The Global Health plan explores health in a globalising world. It focuses on the impact of global interdependencies, on the social, environmental and political determinants of health, inequalities in health and the transfer of health risks at unprecedented scale. It examines policy responses to these challenges that are shaped by countries, but increasingly by diverse transnational and multilateral actors that shape health. The study of global health therefore is multidisciplinary, extending beyond the disciplines of public health to embrace politics, development, human rights and law and political economy.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Health promotion and disease prevention teaching emphasises a broad ecological perspective on health behaviour and health promotion, including understanding the scope and purpose of health behaviour theories, and identifying what is most relevant from those theories that may be applied in practice.

Indigenous Health

This field of study produces graduates with a broad understanding of health and illness of Indigenous Australia, and capacity to manage effective public health solutions in a culturally and socially appropriate way.

Graduates have the knowledge and skills to:

  • investigate and analyse Indigenous health needs
  • interpret policy
  • describe the major health issues in Indigenous Australia
  • operate effectively within an environment of changing social, economic and political circumstances
  • manage effective public health solutions through improved service delivery
  • plan, implement and evaluate health interventions
  • conduct meaningful research, sensitive to community needs and protocols

All fields of study are a mixture of internal and external delivery. All core courses are offered internally and externally. If a student wishes to complete the program either entirely by internal or external delivery the choice of courses is more limited.

Summer Semester entry is not available for international students.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are particularly encouraged to apply.

Nutrition

This field of study provides broadly based academic training that develops an understanding of nutrition and its role in the public health agenda globally and at the local level. Topics of particular interest include the nutrition transition and meeting the challenges of both over and under-nutrition.

The program aims to produce nutritionists who can:

  • assess the nutrition situation in populations and communities
  • formulate, implement and evaluate programs to prevent and alleviate nutrition problems
  • evaluate community nutrition programs
  • adapt nutrition programs to changing social, economic and technical circumstances
  • effectively communicate scientific findings

Masters students have the opportunity to put this into practice in their final semester by undertaking an individual research project, joining a group fieldwork project in South-East Asia, or undertaking additional specialist coursework.

All fields of study are a mixture of internal and external delivery. All core courses are offered internally and externally. If a student wishes to complete the program either entirely by internal or external delivery the choice of courses is more limited.

Summer Semester entry is not available for international students.

Standard

This plan offers students maximum course choice and flexibility.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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