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Master of Public Health

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

Do you want to develop programs that make a difference to the health of the population as a whole? Are you interested in how disease and society interact?

The ANU Master of Public Health will equip you with the foundations of public health practice, provide you with an understanding of contemporary public health issues relevant to Australia and teach you practical techniques for analysing public health problems.

This program provides real experience in public health through core courses designed to give you the skills you need and electives that suit your additional interests. Workplace-related learning can be readily incorporated for those who work in relevant public health jobs.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Career Options and Employment Opportunities

The MPH program is designed for health professionals seeking a qualification to equip them for jobs in the Public Sector (e.g. Hospitals and hospices; Local, State and Federal Government), Non-profit Sector (e.g. International health agencies such as The World Health Organisation), Private Sector (e.g. Health policy and program management within organisations such as Diabetes Australia) and Academia (Teaching and Research). The qualification is also a useful step for clinicians wishing to expand their skills in research and public policy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Master of Public Health, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain and apply an understanding of the socioeconomic, behavioural, biological, and societal determinants of health and disease.
  2. Understand the factors affecting the aetiology, incidence, and prevalence of major health problems in populations
  3. Understand the factors affecting the need, demand, and use of health care and public health services
  4. Critically read and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research findings contained in medical, public health and social science journals.
  5. Apply analytic tools to defining and describing public health problems.
  6. Demonstrate creativity, inquisitiveness, and evidence-based rigour in the application of public health problem-solving skills.
  7. Communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.
  8. Integrate knowledge and research methods skills to address a research question.

Research Strengths

Relevant research themes span a wide range of areas of great impact on public health, including: emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; environmental and occupational health hazards; occurrence and causes of chronic diseases; health care delivery and services, health equity, and development of new biostatistical methodologies.

Further Information

With the approval of the MPH Program Convenor, other electives may be chosen from postgraduate courses offered across ANU and other recognised universities; for example, see courses listed under the Master of Culture, Health and Medicine Program, Master of Public Policy and Master of Environment. Relevant courses offered by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) may also be selected. SOCR8003 Qualitative Research Analysis is also a recommended elective.

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Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.


Cognate disciplines

Health, Medical Sciences, Biological sciences, Psychology, Social sciences

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Public Health requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POPH8101 Biostatistics in Population Health

POPH8103 Introduction to Health Services Research and Policy

POPH8108 Social Determinants of Health


6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

POPH8100 Fundamentals of Epidemiology

POPH8552 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology


48 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 24 units from completion of Public Health Topics courses from the following list:

CHMD8004 Qualitative Methodologies for Health Research

DEMO8063 Spatial Population Data Analysis

POPH8102 Global Population Health

POPH8104 Contemporary Issues in Public Health

POPH8115 Health Promotion and Protection

POPH8313 Analysis of Public Health Data

POPH8315 Research Design and Methods

POPH8316 Outbreak Investigation

POPH8317 Public Health Surveillance

POPH8318 Human Health, Environment and Climate Change

POPH8918 Life course approaches to human ageing

POPM8001 Mental Health

SOCR8003 Qualitative Research Analysis


A maximum of 24 units from completion of Public Health Electives courses from the following list:

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World

CHMD8001 Directed Readings in Culture, Health and Medicine

CHMD8005 Representing Medicine: Performance, Drama and Identity

CHMD8006 Global Health and Development

CHMD8008 Medicine and Society in History

CHMD8009 Anthropological Approaches to Health Interventions

CHMD8010 Anthropological Concepts for Health Research: From Risk to Suffering

DEMO8008 Principles of Population Analysis

DEMO8048 Gender and Population

DEMO8079 Health Demography

EMDV8001 Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development

IDEC8007 Aid and Development Policy

INDG8001 Australian Indigenous Development

INDG8003 Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing: Demographic and Socioeconomic Change

INDG8004 Australian Indigenous Policy

LAWS8237 Health Law and Bioethics in Global Context

MEDI8116 Public Health disasters, catastrophes and recovery

MEDI8205 Governing Public Health

MGMT7030 Foundations of Management

NSPO8001 Australia's National Security Community

NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons

POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World

POGO8061 Gender and Policy


24 units from completion of further courses from any of the following lists, above:

Public Health Electives

Public Health Topics


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