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Australia / New Zealand students

International students

COURSE

Master of Public Health

MC-PUBHL

TAUGHT BY: School of Public Health

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

2years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

400

About offering

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.

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

Why study Master of Public Health

  • 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.

Career information

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.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

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.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

No domestic fee data currently available.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,600*
Total indicative course fee $72,400*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $60 *

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

Where you can study

View the academic calendar for semester and trimester start dates.

Bentley Campus

On Campus and Online
Semester 1 and Semester 2

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How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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This course has broadened my perspective about health in general. It has enabled me to develop critical, analytical, and bio-statistical skills, and has given me the ability to conduct epidemiological research. I am planning to use these skills and knowledge to benefit the people from my home country of Nigeria. Since graduating, I have initiated a number of research works in maternal and child health – an area of critical challenge in Nigeria.

Emmanuel Adewuyi

Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

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  • Curtin course code: MC-PUBHL
  • CRICOS code: 064462G
  • This offering was last updated on: September 23, 2018