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Master of Public Health

Overview

Prepare for a role as a public health professional and enjoy a rewarding career where you'll make a difference to people's health outcomes across the community and workplace.

Public health focuses on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting healthy lifestyles. It offers a rewarding career that suits people from a variety of backgrounds including health, science, education and the social sciences.

The Master in Public Health is a 1.5 year program that will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to influence and inform health policy, lead health services reform and act on new developments regarding health concerns such as COVID-19, diabetes, obesity, HIV/AIDS and injury prevention, as well as more traditional concerns such as under-nutrition and communicable diseases.

You'll complete 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.

As part of your program, you'll complete a research project on 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.

You'll 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. 

Location
Herston
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021), Summer Semester (29 Nov, 2021)
Program Code
5224
AQF
Level 9
Location
Herston
Fees
A$33424 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5224
CRICOS Code
003931K
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Choose one field of study from six different options and complete a range of core courses, specialist courses and electives to build and extend your knowledge.
  • Undertake a research project with close support from internationally respected teachers and academics.
  • Benefit from a program that is evidence-based and comprehensive, and reflects UQ's strong links with Australian and global health organisations.

2 in Australia for public health

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

37 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2020

Fields of study

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork

Placements and work experience

PUBH7044 Public Health Professional Placement is an elective which involves a supervised industry placement in organisations where Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates may work including health services, universities and non-government agencies. The placement is only available in a student's final semester of MPH study and gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have obtained in the MPH program and gain invaluable experience in working in a public health setting.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Social Perspectives in Public Health
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Health Systems

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Health promotion coordinator
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker
  • Public health medical registrar
  • Environmental health officer
  • Research associate
  • Digital health coordinator
  • Epidemiologist
  • Primary health manager
  • Policy and research officer

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

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

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An approved degree in the same discipline or:

  • a degree in a different discipline and have completed 1 year full-time (or equivalent) work experience in a healthcare setting; or
  • the Graduate Certificate and/or a Graduate Diploma in Public Health from this university (or equivalent).

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Dentistry, Oral Health
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Food Science
  • Health Economics
  • Health Management
  • Medicine, Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Public Health or Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Speech Therapy
  • Veterinary sciences.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Prerequisites

An approved degree in the same discipline or:

  • a degree in a different discipline and have completed 1 year full-time (or equivalent) work experience in a healthcare setting; or
  • the Graduate Certificate and/or a Graduate Diploma in Public Health from this university (or equivalent).

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Dentistry, Oral Health
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Food Science
  • Health Economics
  • Health Management
  • Medicine, Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Public Health or Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Speech Therapy
  • Veterinary sciences.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

All core courses are offered both internally and externally. If a student wishes to complete the program by internal or external mode only then their choice of elective courses will be reduced.

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the "approved degree" requirement:

  • Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Dentistry, Oral Health
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Food Science
  • Health Economics
  • Health Management
  • Medicine, Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Public Health or Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Speech Therapy
  • Veterinary sciences

Additional application information

All core courses are offered in both internal and external mode. Please note that Part C elective courses may or may not be offered in external mode.

If a student wishes to complete the program by external mode only, then their choice of elective courses will be reduced.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Public Health are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fields of study

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Within the field of Public Health, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use is 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.

Through this plan, you'll learn about substance use and misuse and the harm caused to individuals and communities. You'll also study effective tools for assessment and interventions of misuse.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Global Health

This plan explores health in a globalising world and focuses on the impact of global interdependencies, 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.

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Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Health promotion and disease prevention 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.

You'll study how to plan, implement and measure the effectiveness of public health campaigns and programs.

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Indigenous Health

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

Through this program, you'll learn about topics such as Indigenous health needs, how public health solutions can be improved and delivered and how to plan and implement health interventions.

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Nutrition

This plan of study provides broadly based academic training to develop 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. 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.

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Standard

This plan offers students maximum course choice and flexibility.

It ensures that all students gain the essential knowledge and skills required to work as public health professionals across a wide range of populations and countries. It includes introductory courses to biostatistics, epidemiology, and environmental health as well as health systems and social perspectives in population health. 

View

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Within the field of Public Health, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use is 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.

Through this plan, you'll learn about substance use and misuse and the harm caused to individuals and communities. You'll also study effective tools for assessment and interventions of misuse.

View

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Global Health

This plan explores health in a globalising world and focuses on the impact of global interdependencies, 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.

View

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Health promotion and disease prevention 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.

You'll study how to plan, implement and measure the effectiveness of public health campaigns and programs.

View

Indigenous Health

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

Through this program, you'll learn about topics such as Indigenous health needs, how public health solutions can be improved and delivered and how to plan and implement health interventions.

View

Nutrition

This plan of study provides broadly based academic training to develop 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. 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.

View

Standard

This plan offers students maximum course choice and flexibility.

It ensures that all students gain the essential knowledge and skills required to work as public health professionals across a wide range of populations and countries. It includes introductory courses to biostatistics, epidemiology, and environmental health as well as health systems and social perspectives in population health. 

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $33,424

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Public Health for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Public Health pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $21,280

Indicative annual fee 2020

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Public Health at 2021 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in summer - October 31 of the year of enrolment.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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