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Master of Public Health

100% online

Study load

20-24 hours per week

Units

12

Intakes

Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Oct

Drive innovation in the delivery of health care with a Master of Public Health.

Advancing health and changing lives 

Public health in Australia is a rapidly growing industry requiring skilled graduates to maintain its status as one of the best health-care systems in the world. When you work in the public health field, you contribute to providing quality health care to all Australians. 

The graduate-level skills and knowledge gained through the Master of Public Health allow you to build upon your experience in health care or to pivot your career into the sector. You’ll emerge with the analytical skills and communicational acumen needed to tackle the greatest health challenges of today and into the future. 

What you will learn 
  • Public health expertise
    Navigate the public health system with confidence, and play a key role in ensuring health policy is created to adapt and reform these systems.
  • Biostatistics
    Draw insights from health-related data and research to inform health care best practice.
  • Health systems
    Find evidence-based ways to analyse and refine health systems.

This course consists of 12 units, providing a full range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary for a career in public health.

Core units

You must complete the following units.

Health systems and policy

Biostatistics: Concepts and applications

Epidemiology of infectious diseases

Leading and managing in public health and health care

Epidemiology: Concepts and applications

Health promotion, planning and evaluation in public health

Introduction to health law principles

Developing health systems

Occupational health and safety

Introduction to environmental health

Challenges in public health

Epidemiology of chronic disease

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline*  with at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 per cent or an equivalent GPA as determined by the faculty, and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience**.

* Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline includes – medical, nursing, allied health, other health related degree e.g. chiropractic, psychology, public health, environmental health, paramedic, imaging (radiology, nuclear medicine), biomedical engineering, dietetics/nutrition, pharmacy, social work, medical science/biomedical science/immunology, health science, laboratory science, science, and health economics; or in a non-related discipline, e.g. education, law, media, IT, journalism, communications, arts.

** Relevant work experience includes work experience relevant to the person’s undergraduate or higher degree, in professional practice, in a related field, or that demonstrates application / work experience gained in a relevant field even if the bachelor’s degree was not in a related discipline. Relevant work experience includes in the health industry (e.g. government, policy, provider such as hospital or clinic), non-government organisation (NGO), academic or research institution, consulting or pharmaceutical company, etc.

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra requirements

Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae (CV), relevant work experience documentation or statement from employer to substantiate period of employment.

For the Master of Public Health, the estimated cost is $3625.00 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Public health online at Monash

The Master of Public Health has been designed by a team of expert Monash academics and industry leaders, to explore all areas of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, global health and clinical research. You’ll also explore the challenges that lie in public health care, and develop an understanding of health policy and public health promotion. 

The flexibility of online theoretical learning is complemented by practical experience in each unit, ensuring that you graduate with the knowledge and skills required to face the evolving demands of this sector. 

Thanks to Monash, I have the potential to be promoted and work internationally, and I am only two units in.

Sarah

Monash Online student

Industry insights

With a Master of Public Health, you will be well-placed to take your next step into a leadership position within the health-care industry, applying your skills as a health policy expert in any of the following roles: 

  • senior policy manager 
  • political scientist 
  • health legislative aide 
  • health policy adviser. 
  • retail. 

4.3 stars out of 5
Policy advisors report very high job satisfaction.

10.8% job growth has occurred for policy advisor roles in the past five years.

$110,000 is the most common salary for a policy advisor in Victoria.

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