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Public Health (Practice)

Masters by Coursework


Master of Public Health (Practice)
1 year, 6 months full-time
Curtin Perth


Prepare for a rewarding career in which you can help build a fairer health system and a healthier world.

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Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

We also offer a 2 year Master of Public Health for those looking for a research pathway.

Public health practitioners are concerned with all facets of public health, with expertise spanning epidemiology, disease prevention, health promotion and protection, policy and governance. Their knowledge helps shape policies and strategies that improve health and social outcomes for the benefit of everyone.

This is an accelerated course that focuses on the core functions of public health: prevention of illness and disease, and the protection and promotion of health and wellbeing in Australia and globally. It explores the social, ecological, commercial, political, economic and behavioural determinants on individual and population health outcomes.

The applied focus on public health practice includes epidemiology and surveillance, research methods, disease prevention and control, health protection and promotion, politics, policy, governance and systems for public health.

In addition to coursework, you’ll complete a professional capstone unit in public health practice.

Why study

  • As a multidisciplinary course it can open up various career pathways upon graduation.
  • This course focuses on contemporary public health practice, equity and social justice. 
  • This course can be completed in 1.5 years, either face-to-face or fully online.
  • This course has a strong industry focus, as well as a focus on leadership and global citizenship.

Career information


  • Public health officer
  • Community development officer
  • Health promotion officer
  • Policy officer 
  • Project officer
  • Research officer
  • Workplace health coordinator.


  • Local, state and federal government 
  • Community and social services
  • Universities and research organisations
  • International aid and development
  • Social enterprise
  • International institutions
  • Public and private health services.

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, synthesise and communicate complex information that impact on public health outcomes and consider the applicability of existing and emerging technologies for public health practice
  • 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 for public health

Admission criteria

Applicants require an undergraduate degree or higher from a tertiary institution. Satisfying the admission requirements enables an applicant to be considered for admission, but does not guarantee an offer of admission to the program. Admission into program is at the discretion of the course coordinator/School and is dependent on a number of considerations including the applicant’s academic background and work experience along with assessment of supplementary information provided by the applicant.

Advanced standing

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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

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:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $23,400*

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).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-PUBHP
  • CRICOS code: 104514J
  • Last updated on: June 28, 2022