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University of Melbourne

  • 37% international / 63% domestic

Master of Public Health

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) at University of Melbourne prepares students towards future careers as leaders in public health and health care.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb, Aug

About this course

The Master of Public Health (MPH) at University of Melbourne prepares students towards future careers as leaders in public health and health care. It is ideal for graduates with a record of academic achievement who gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others and who aspire to leadership roles in public health.

The program will appeal to those who want to move into the field of public health, as well as those who already work within a public health or health related field and are preparing for advancement in their organisation or field, or seeking to broaden their knowledge and skill set.

Within the course students are exposed to the core foundations of public health theory and practice and also have the opportunity to specialise in the advanced public health training streams offered through the University of Melbourne. The Master of Public Health programs at the University of Melbourne are delivered by academic staff with extensive experience and depth of knowledge, who are leaders in their chosen fields of public health.

Most of our students specialise in one or more of the following key areas:

Study locations


What you will learn

Intended learning outcomesKnowledge:

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health graduates will be able to:

  • Discuss the public health conceptual foundations
  • Identify current public health challenges in global, Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian communities
  • Describe the ways in which biology, the environment, indigenous status, society and culture interact and determine health
  • Outline the organisational structures of the Australian and international public health systems
  • Identify the key population based public health strategies

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health graduates will be able to:

  • Apply theories of leadership and management in public health practice
  • Communicate public health evidence for advocacy, and engagement using diverse media.
  • Critically reflect on the influences on decision making in public health practice, including personal attitudes and beliefs
  • Demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively within an inter-disciplinary team
  • Apply principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and International Indigenous cultures and values to public health practice.
  • Understand the importance of culture and engage respectfully with people of different cultures
  • Analyse, appraise and synthesise public health research evidence to inform public health decision making
  • Assess the health needs of a community in the context of the determinants of health and apply the findings to the development of public health strategies
  • Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a public health program
  • Use tools and techniques for planning and managing a public health project
Application of knowledge and skills

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health graduates will be able to:

  • Apply a comprehensive knowledge of a public health specialisation or area to develop solutions to complex public health problems;
  • Design and manage a detailed investigation of a public health issue in a substantial project, with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;
  • Reflect on individual performance or processes undertaken in the management of a substantial public health project.
Generic skillsAcademic distinction
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of public health conceptual foundations and practice
  • Be able to apply specialist public health knowledge and skills in a public health discipline
  • Be able to examine issues from multiple disciplinary perspectives within public health
  • Be able to think critically and creatively
  • Be able to apply knowledge, information and research skills to solve complex problems
  • Be effective written and oral communicators
Active citizenship
  • Be engaged with contemporary local, national, global issues
  • Have a high regard for human rights, social inclusion, ethics and the environment
  • Be aware of social and cultural diversity in communities
  • Be able to work collaboratively with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
  • Be respectful of Indigenous knowledge, culture and values
  • Have the potential to be leaders in their profession
  • Be equipped to make substantial contributions to society
Integrity and self-awareness
  • Be motivated and organised, with an ability to set goals, manage time and prioritise
  • Be able to work effectively both independently and in groups
  • Be flexible and adaptable
  • Be aware of their own limitations and able to reflect and learn from their mistakes
  • Have empathy and concern for others and are able manage their own well-being.
  • The ability to respond constructively to appraisal, performance review or assessment
  • The ability to manage uncertainty

How to apply

Applications are now open for 2020Closing date for Semester 1, 2020
  • To be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place: 30 November 2019
  • Full Fee Places: 30 January 2020
Closing date for Semester 2, 2020
  • Full Fee Places: 12 June 2020

Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable. Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.  You may be eligible for advanced standing if you have at least two years full-time paid work experience in a public health or professional healthcare setting.  If you believe you have this please ask your employer/s to substantiate your working history by filling in the form below and attach it to your application.

Referee Application Form