How can we create the right conditions so people can be healthy? A degree in public health will let you explore patterns of health and disease beyond the biology of the individual, so you can minimise the number of people affected by preventable illness, disease, injury or death.

  • The Master of Public Health is an interdisciplinary program that teaches courses relevant to public health practice and research. There are several ways of meeting admission requirements. For more information, see the Program Details tab.
  • Choose one field of study from six different options. In each field, you'll complete a range of core courses, specialist courses, and electives, to build and extend your knowledge. For details, see the Fields of Study tab.
  • Benefit from a program that is evidence-based and comprehensive, and reflects UQ's strong links with organisations such as Australian Aid, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and international ministries of health.
  • Undertake a research project that addresses a specific topic or problem relevant to public health. You'll be involved in all aspects of research, from defining a topic and methodology to interpreting results and reporting on your findings.

If you're interested in preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting healthy lifestyles, a degree in public health might just be for you.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ Medicine is the leading provider of education and research in Queensland and has the largest selection of medical programs in Australia. We were also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Research

    Research leaders

    Our academics have worked on major public health projects with partners including the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Harvard University, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

  • Alumni
    “The Master of Public Health provides an alternative pathway to allow completion of advanced training in general paediatrics, which provides a good structure and opportunity to extend my skills and knowledge.” Dr Faye Jordan, BSpPath (1985), PhD (1990), MBBS (2003) and MPH (2015)
    Paediatric Registrar, Queensland Health

Fields of study for this program

There are 6 fields of study available in the Master of Public Health.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

The Master of Public Health is usually completed by health professionals who want to move into public health, mid-career health professionals who want to advance their careers, or clinicians who want to broaden their range of expertise or move into administration or management.

Careers in public health are diverse and graduates work across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Roles might include:

  • Medical and health services manager
  • Health promotion officer
  • Community health worker
  • Public health analyst
  • Program support officer
  • Environmental health officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Health administrator
  • Researcher.

Other graduates use the Master of Public Health to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

Summary

  • Program code
    5224
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
    Summer Semester (26 Nov, 2018)
  • 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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