Masters by Coursework
- Master of Public Health
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 2 years full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Prepares you for contemporary public health practice, addressing traditional and emerging public health issues.
Studying at Curtin was empowering for me and enabled professional and personal growth. The course provided a very comprehensive base of study that improved my knowledge, skills, and attitudes in public health.
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Public Health Association of Australia.
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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).
This new multidisciplinary course is designed for those seeking to develop their skills and knowledge in public health. Whether you already work in public health or want to move into this field, our course can prepare you for contemporary public health practice that addresses traditional and emerging issues that threaten to negatively impact communities and the environment.
The Master of Public Health teaches students a range of conceptual knowledge and practical skills to support public health action across educational, organizational, socio-economic, environmental and political domains to improve population health. You will gain thorough grounding in the major areas of public health with content scaffolded across the course to enhance your learning. In the second year you will have the opportunity to carry out research with an academic supervisor or enhance your practice and leadership skills.
Course content is aligned to the competencies from the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia, exploring:
- Health monitoring and surveillance
- Disease prevention and control
- Health promotion
- Health protection
- Health policy, planning and management
- Evidence-informed professional population health practice.
Our Master of Public Health students come from a variety of fields, including medicine and allied health, biomedical and laboratory-based sciences, nutrition, occupational and environmental health, health promotion, social sciences, education, communications, business and management.
Note: It is possible to exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health or a Graduate Diploma in Public Health once you have completed certain units. Other certificates and diplomas may also be available in combination with this course.
Note: There is an optional fieldwork component in this course.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- Learn to measure public health and explore major problems in both developed and developing countries.
- These courses will teach you how to effectively plan, implement and evaluate public health programs in a variety of settings.
How this course will make you industry ready
- The curriculum is designed from a global public health perspective. You will be collaborating with peers from all over the world.
- There are a number of study options available including fully online, full-time or part-time study.
- You will acquire important knowledge and skills, which will benefit you from day one and help you make a difference in your current role.
- You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced teaching staff.
As a graduate, you may work in a number of fields, including health administration, protection or promotion. You may work in the public sector or with nongovernment organisations, such as the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council and Red Cross; or with research institutes, universities and international bodies, such as the World Health Organization.
What you'll learn
- apply research based specialised knowledge including recent developments in public health together with applicable research principles and methods
- reflect critically on theoretical knowledge, public health scholarship, advocacy and professional practice
- investigate, analyse and synthesize complex information and problems that impact directly or indirectly on public health outcomes
- interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non specialist audiences
- evaluate the applicability of existing and emerging technologies for public health practice
- apply knowledge and skills to new situations in the course of public health practice leading to further learning
- critically evaluate the impact of environmental and geographical context, local institutions and culture on public health outcomes
- articulate, defend and apply a theoretical understanding of social justice implicit in public health practice
- demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability when interacting with diverse individuals, communities and organisations as an advocate/champion of public health
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Essential course prerequisites
A bachelor degree from a tertiary institution preferably in health, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management.
You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.
Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)
Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
International student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Indicative essential incidental course fee||$60*|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$18,700*|
|Total indicative course fee||$72,500*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$37,400*|
Fees are indicative only.
*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
On Campus and Online
Semester 1 and Semester 2
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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.
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- Curtin course code: MC-PUBHL
- CRICOS code: 064462G
- Last updated on: February 16, 2020