Master of Public Health (Global Health and Advocacy)

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • 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 Policy Advisor | Health Policy and Advocacy Manager | View All

Course Rundown

Build specialised public health skills for a rewarding career advocating for the rights of all with this Master of Public Health (Global Health and Advocacy) course from Australian Catholic University.

Designed for students with a health background seeking to build advanced skills and knowledge for a career in public health, this qualification will equip you with evidence-based public health knowledge and the leadership and critical thinking skills required to thrive in this challenging, dynamic and rewarding industry.

A unique specialisation designed for Master of Public Health students, this innovative qualification aims to equip students with the ability to not only implement change, but to influence change through advocacy. You’ll learn key public health topics including global health, sustainable development, food security, humanitarian assistance and ethical practice under a nationally recognised theoretical framework, and build relevant skills for influencing real change in these areas globally.

You may choose to complete this course through a research pathway (undertaking additional research training and completion of a minor thesis) or a capstone pathway (involving a capstone experience, such as a practice-based project), and can choose to study online or on-campus in Melbourne. With flexibility and relevance, this course can be tailored to best suit your career goals and the difference you want to make.


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

Advocacy specialisation: Project pathway units

  • Global health and sustainable development
  • Humanitarian assistance and health
  • Global nutrition and food security
  • Health advocacy
  • Public health capstone

Advocacy specialisation: Research pathway units

  • Global health and sustainable development
  • Global nutrition and food security
  • Health advocacy
  • Public health research thesis A
  • Public health research thesis B

Elective units:

  • Organisational culture and management
  • Quality and safety in health care
  • Resource management
  • Policy and planning in health care
  • Health promotion and social inclusion
  • Healthcare ethics: Principles of practice

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 entirely online, or 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 (Global Health and Advocacy) 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.

With this qualification, you'll have the skills and knowledge required to seek employment in a range of policy, advocacy and program 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.

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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.