single degree

Master of Public Health

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Health and Medicine

MPUBH
  • 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.

Improve the health of future populations with the globally-focussed ANU Master of Public Health.

Through innovative and applied education, you’ll gain an understanding of contemporary public health issues, and learn practical techniques for analysing public health problems.

Whether you study online or on campus, this program provides real experience in public health through core courses designed to give you the skills you need and electives that suit your interests. Workplace-related learning can be readily incorporated for those who work in relevant public health jobs.

Find out more about public health, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

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

Kick-start your rewarding career in public health. 

The Master of Public Health is designed for health professionals seeking a qualification to equip them for management; graduates wanting a qualification in public health practice; and health administrators and policy workers needing a qualification to assist their career. 

Master of Public Health graduates can use the program as a stepping stone into global health or medicine, including with the World Health Organisation. Some choose to specialise as epidemiologists.

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.

For more information, please also visit: http://rsph.anu.edu.au/master-public-health

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here 








Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

Progression into the research component is conditional upon a minimum 70% average mark in the first 48 units of coursework and the availability of an approved supervisor.

Cognate Disciplines

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

English Language Requirements

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

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit. 

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$36,480.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$48,480.00

Scholarships

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
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  Research, Treatment, Policy: Current Issues in 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
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
LING6034 Communication in Health Care
MGMT7030 Foundations of Management
NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons
POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World

 

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

Public Health Electives

Public Health Topics

 

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POPH8100 or POPH8552 6 units POPH8103 Introduction to Health Services Research and Policy 6 units 8000 level M.PubH Topic from list 6 units 8000 level M.PubH Topic from list 6 units
POPH8101 Biostatistics in Population Health 6 units POPH8108 Social Determinants of Health 6 units 8000 level M.PubH Topic from list 6 units 8000 level M.PubH Topic from list 6 units
Year 2 48 units 8000 level M.PubH Elective from list 6 units 8000 level M.PubH Topic from list 6 units 8000 level M.PubH Elective from list 6 units 8000 level M.PubH Topic from list 6 units
8000 level M.PubH Elective from list 6 units 8000 level M.PubH Elective from list 6 units 8000 level M.PubH Elective from list 6 units 8000 level M.PubH Topic from list 6 units

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:

Email: chalapati.rao@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 2741

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email science.enquiries@anu.edu.au 

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact A/P Chalapati Rao at chalapati.rao@anu.edu.au

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