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Master of Public Health

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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
    In our world renowned School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine you’ll learn to 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.
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Our worldwide health rankings

Monash University holds high renown for academic research with prominent rankings in public health domestically and internationally. 
# 4
ARWU Global Ranking by Subject
# 37
ARWU Global Ranking by Subject

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

Need further clarification about our online course structure?

You can submit an enquiry directly to our student consultants by using the form listed on our contact us page. You’ll have the opportunity to schedule a call if you’d like to receive further information.

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

Occupational health and safety

Introduction to environmental and planetary health

Foundations in public health

Epidemiology of chronic disease

Foundations of health promotion

Research methods in healthcare

Managing digital health

Entry level 1 – 72 points to complete.

Duration: 2 years part time.

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (1) with at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60% and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience (2).

(1) Relevant discipline includes – medical, nursing, allied health, other health related degree eg 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.

(2) 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 (eg Government, policy, provider eg hospital, clinic), non government organisation (NGO), academic or research institution, consulting, pharmaceutical company etc.

The Master of Public Health is not currently accepting international applications.

Entry level 2 – 48 points to complete.

Duration: 1.4 years part-time

A Monash University Graduate Certificate of Public Health (M4032)

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.

If you need help understanding the above entry requirements, reach out to our student consultants on our contact us page and schedule a booking for a chat.

For the Master of Public Health, the estimated cost is $3937.50 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.


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.

Looking for clarification on fees or scholarships?

Enquire with our student consultants and schedule a call to get your questions answered.

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 alongside The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine – the forefront of public health research with expertise in large scale clinical data-management, epidemiological studies and biostatistics. This will ensure that you graduate with the knowledge and skills required to face the evolving demands of this sector.

Meet your academic team

Professor Dragan Ilic

Course Coordinator

Professor Dragan Ilic is the Director, Teaching & Learning and Head, Medical Education Research & Quality (MERQ) unit at SPHPM. Dragan is internationally recognised for his expertise in evidence-based practice (EBP) and health professions education. He is a board member of the International Society of Evidence-based Health Care, editorial member of Cochrane Urology and member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professions Educators.

Professor Karin Leder

Course Coordinator

Professor Karin Leder is an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist who co-leads Planetary Heath within SPHPM. Karin’s current work focuses on examining effects of improving water supply and sanitation on reducing child morbidity from gastrointestinal infections, as well as on the spread of infections across international borders. She has extensive experience with student supervision, mentoring and teaching.

Dr Md Nazmul Karim

Dr Nazmul Karim is a medical doctor and a clinical epidemiologist by training, and the program manager for Monash online courses at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr Karim has also obtained a Master of Clinical Epidemiology and PhD. Dr Karim has worked in various capacities, including both developing and developed countries, as well as the World Health Organization.

Associate Professor Baki Billah

Associate Professor Baki Billah received his PhD in biostatistics from Monash University. He has received multiple teaching awards for his biostatistics units. A/Prof Billah has published more than 200 research articles and reports, and supervised 10 PhD students. His current research include COVID-19, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.

Dr Helen Kelsall

Dr Kelsall is a public health physician/epidemiologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health. Her research interests include longitudinal health studies in military personnel and veterans, healthcare and aged care workers; and systematic reviews of effects of radiofrequency and lead lighting exposure in human populations. Helen is active in public health education and continuing professional development.

Monash goes above and beyond making sure that there is appropriate networking opportunities for students, that is done through discussion boards in each subject, as well as numerous Facebook groups.

Ashleigh Rak

Master of Public Health Graduate

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

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

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

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