Master of Public Health

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  • Qualification:
    Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
    WA, Perth
  • Career Outcomes:
    Project Manager | Program Manager | Health Promotion Practitioner | Health Researcher | Health Administrator | View All

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Course Rundown

Apply your advanced health skills to tackling some of our world’s greatest challenges with this Master of Public Health course from Edith Cowan University.

Designed for students with an interest in public health but no formal academic background, this qualification will equip you with the specialised skills and advanced knowledge required to build a new career responding to the world’s public health problems.

Informed by industry professionals, this course equips you with the skillset required for international professional best practice, while offering a diverse range of study areas relevant to your interests.

In this course, you’ll learn the key philosophies, principles and practices underpinning contemporary public health practice, and develop skills in planning, evaluation and research. You’ll study key areas of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, maternal and child health, ageing, law and ethics, environmental health, addiction, and food science and nutrition.

With a focus on health leadership and program development, this qualification positions graduates to seek employment in program management roles in the broad field of public health.If you’re interested in building an exciting career working to counter systemic community health problems, this qualification is your next career step.



You may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate course at ECU if you meet the following:

  • Hold an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Degree from a recognised Australian Institution (or equivalent); AND
  • Demonstrate commitment to the field of public health, AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements and any other special admission requirements for the course

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

  • Public health: Philosophy, principles and practice
  • Public health planning and evaluation
  • Epidemiology
  • Research preparation: Principles and approaches
  • Diversity, culture and health
  • Biostatistics
  • Health science research project 1
  • Health science research project 2
  • Public health strategies
  • Public health leadership
  • Communicable disease
  • Law and ethical issues
  • Maternal, child and youth health
  • Drug use and addictive behaviours
  • Ageing, health and wellbeing
  • Principles of environmental health
  • Occupational health management
  • Food vision
  • Applied food science and systems
  • Public health nutrition

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

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:

Western Australia: Joondalup

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

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Where Will It Lead Me?

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

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to seek employment in the competitive and exciting field of public health. You may choose to work in a program or project management role, or in health administration - using your skills in leadership, evaluation and critical thinking to tackle a diverse range of public health problems.

You may also choose to pursue a career in research or teaching. This qualification can lead to a Doctorate of Philosophy, allowing you to further specialise your public health knowledge. And if you're unable to complete this master's course, you may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Public Health.


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

How Much Will It Cost?

Course fees may be paid up front. Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Enquire now to find out more!

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-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 $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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