- Length 2 years full-time
- Minimum 96 Units
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?
This program provides a solid breadth of knowledge in public health, incorporating the discipline areas of public health, policy, global health & development, epidemiology & biostatistics, environmental impacts & health services. 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.
The ANU Master of Public Health (Advanced) program provides you with the additional opportunity to develop and implement a research project. It is particularly relevant to those who wish to benefit from the research strengths of ANU and ready access to the local and national health administration and policy scenes.
You will develop expertise in a nominated area through independent research and completion of a dissertation. Workplace-related learning can be readily incorporated for those who work in relevant public health jobs.
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.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
- Explain and apply an understanding of the socioeconomic, behavioural, biological, and societal determinants of health and disease.
- Understand the factors affecting the aetiology, incidence, and prevalence of major health problems in populations
- Understand the factors affecting the need, demand, and use of health care and public health services
- Critically read and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research findings contained in medical, public health and social science journals.
- Apply analytic tools to defining and describing public health problems.
- Demonstrate creativity, inquisitiveness, and evidence-based rigour in the application of public health problem-solving skills.
- Communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.
- Integrate knowledge and research methods skills to address a research question.
- Apply advanced research methods skills through a sustained piece of scholarship.
The MPH (Adv) can be done fully online. All students wishing to do the MPH(Adv) online only must be from a cognate background and should select courses that have the online delivery model and should not select courses from the “Public health electives” list.
New students in this program are eligible to apply for a
Commonwealth Supported Place. Visit the following website for further
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.
For more information, please also visit: http://rsph.anu.edu.au/master-public-health
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.
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70% and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.
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.
Students must achieve a minimum 70% average mark in the first 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project.
Psychology, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Biology, Medical or Allied Health Sciences, Anthropology and Indigenous studies
- Annual indicative fee for international students
- Annual indicative fee for domestic 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.
The Master of Public Health (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:
A minimum of 48 units from completion of the following coursework component:
6 units from completion of courses from the following list:
POPH8100 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
POPH8552 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
24 units from completion of the following compulsory Public Health Concepts courses:
POPH8101 Biostatistics in Population Health
POPH8103 Introduction to Health Services Research and Policy
A minimum of 18 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
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 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
CHMD8011 Refugee Health: From Displacement to Resettlement
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
A minimum of 24 units from completion of the following research component:
A minimum of 24 units from completion of POPH8106 Public Health Research Project
Students must achieve a minimum 70% average mark in the coursework component and have the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project to proceed to the research component.
Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% average mark or do not have the approval of an identified supervisor can transfer to the Master of Public Health.