Master of Public Health

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    2 years full-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University

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  • Career Outcomes:

    Project Manager | Program Manager | Public Policy Adviser | Health Promotion Practitioner | Health Researcher | View All

Course Rundown

Become a global health leader and build advanced knowledge for a rewarding new career with this Master of Public Health course from Australian Catholic University.

Designed for students with a health background, this rigorous qualification offers the advanced knowledge, specialised skills and key personal abilities required to build a career helping others thrive. With a social justice perspective and a focus on ethical practice, this course will enable you to deliver evidence-based, innovative and research-grounded health programs, policies and insights in your career.

This qualification is designed in line with the national Foundation Competencies for Master of Public Health Graduates in Australia and the requirements of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, with reference to best-practice international concepts and frameworks for public health practice. Nationally recognised and industry-relevant, this qualification will help you excel in the competitive and dynamic world of public health practice.

With the choice of a research pathway and a capstone pathway, and online or in-classroom delivery, this course is tailored to suit your lifestyle and designed for the career you want to pursue. If working to unlock health and thriving for communities across the globe is your career goal, this qualification is your next step.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree or higher in health or related discipline; AND
  • Have:
    • A grade point average of 5.5 (in 7 point scale) in the health degree in point 1, and a letter demonstrating commitment to public health to the satisfaction of the course coordinator; OR
    • Successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Public Health; OR
    • A minimum of two years professional experience in health (or related field), including Honours or other postgraduate study in health; OR
    • Suitable practical experience in public health, global health or humanitarian assistance to the satisfaction of the course coordinator.

What You’ll Learn

In this health course, the subjects you may study include:

Public health units:

  • Introduction to health sciences research
  • Healthcare ethics: Principles in practice
  • History and principles of public health
  • Health promotion
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Determinants of health
  • Disease prevention and management
  • Public health law and policy

Research units:

  • Qualitative health research
  • Quantitative health research
  • Public health research thesis A
  • Public health research thesis B

Project unit:

  • Public health capstone

Elective units:

  • Quality and safety in healthcare
  • Leadership in health care
  • Resource management
  • Qualitative health research
  • Quantitative health research
  • Ethical leadership and social responsibility
  • Global health and sustainable development
  • Humanitarian assistance and health
  • Global nutrition and food security
  • Health advocacy

Why study with Australian Catholic University?

Since opening their doors in January of 1991, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been educating students in a range of fields; from arts and humanities to health, education, leadership, social work, theology and more.

When you sign up to a course at ACU, you’re not just another number, they see each student as a whole, offering you an educational experience that’ll empower you and prepare you for success.

Student Support

Whether you choose to study online or at one of ACU’s many upbeat campuses, you’re sure to receive the support you need to succeed and thrive with your studies.

Students of ACU can access their Academic Skills Unit, which will help build your skills around exam prep, offer study tips, writing tips and more. Access online resources, participate in workshops, ask questions via their ‘Ask an Adviser’ online services, book a consult, or simply drop-in.

Their team of staff and researchers are all about offering students an education with greater purpose – empowering students to achieve goals and accomplish something great!

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Master of Public Health from Australian Catholic University.

A wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates of Master of Public Health programs in Australia. According to a recent public health workforce study, these opportunities are typically within the public or not-for-profit sector; however, one-quarter of Master of Public Health graduates are employed in the private sector.

Approximately half of all Master of Public Health graduates are employed within the health sector, with others finding opportunities within education, government and services sectors.

With this qualification, you'll have the skills and knowledge required to seek employment in a range of policy, program and analytical roles in the public health sector, both in Australia and overseas. Grounded in rigorous, best-practice research, this qualification ensures your skills are relevant and competitive in today's workplace.


Curious about where a career in health could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Australian Catholic University charges fees at the beginning of each study period and offers easy upfront payment, or HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP deferred study loans for eligible students.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.