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Master of Public Health

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM181

CRICOS 081148J

Public health is the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. The challenges facing public health in the 21st century are complex and require the collaborative efforts of professionals in many different fields. The Master of Public Health provides students with strong interdisciplinary training and the skills needed to meet these challenges.

Students will work closely with active researchers, practitioners and policy makers to solve real-world problems in real-world settings. Students will have the opportunity to undertake work-integrated learning with a strong preparation-for-practice orientation, or can further their research skills and training by undertaking a dissertation or thesis.

Combining an innovative mix of practice built on solid research foundations, the Master of Public Health offers three specialisations:

Public Health
The public health specialisation equips graduates with the broad knowledge base in core public health disciplines including epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioural health sciences, environmental and occupational health sciences, global public health and health systems service and management, and the skills and experiences needed to think critically, work collaboratively, advocate for change and creatively solve complex problems to make a difference to the health whole populations.

Translational Health Sciences
Knowledge translation has been identified as a critical area for global health.The translational health sciences specialisation equips graduates with skills to contribute professionally to evidence-based healthcare in clinical and public health settings. It offers graduates a firm grounding in public health and the opportunity to understand knowledge translation, the translational research trajectory, and strategies to assist in closing research to practice gaps.

Population Oral Health
The population oral health specialisation equips graduates with the knowledge and skills they will need to think creatively about the many individual, family, community, environmental and dental system factors associated with the oral health of populations. The courses offered in the specialisation are intended to equip graduates for careers in public health dentistry or to broaden the population oral health orientation of their current work for those with established careers.

The Master of Public Health offers students the flexibility of full and part time options for study, as well as online, blended and intensive study modes to allow you to balance your studies with work and other commitments. The program is designed to meet the needs of:
- public health and related professionals seeking to update their knowledge and skills in public health
- graduates with either an undergraduate degree with a public health major or honours in public health, or a medical or dentistry degree, seeking to develop a career as a public health professional
- those seeking a change in career direction with no prior public health experience.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM181
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of 5.0 or better.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM181

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    IELTS Overall 6.5 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 081148J
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only
    Prerequisites
    Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0
    Equivalent Scores
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    6.5
    6
    6
    6
    6
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $23,500

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    All students undertake a work-based learning experience (practicum) to ensure mastery of public health knowledge and skills is contextualised in real-world applications.

    Students interact with our extensive network of alumni, working in public health locally, nationally and internationally, via a specialised mentoring program which matches students with experienced practitioners to assist in their career planning and direction setting. 

    We work with each student to select the specialisation or combinations of electives to develop a customised study plan which aligns with their interests and career aspirations.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    The MPH Practicum (PUB HLTH 7077 Public Health Practicum) is a compulsory course in the Public Health specialisation and the practice pathway of the Population Oral Health specialisation. Students are placed with a host organisation to undertake a real-world public health project in an applied setting. Students in the Translational Health Sciences specialisation undertake a semester long work-based evidence implementation project (TRANHLTH 7005OL Implementing evidence into practice).

    Potential careers

    Academic, Analyst, Lecturer, Ministerial Adviser, Non Government Organisation Worker, Clinical Studies Coordinator, Community Development Officer, Data Analyst, Database Coordinator, Policy Adviser, Development Officer, Project Development Manager, Project Manager, Project Officer, Education Officer / Educator, Public Health, Public Health Management, Public Health Officer, Public Servant, Research Assistant, Researcher, Government Officer, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure
    The Masters of Public Health is offered in two formats: the Conversion Program of 48 units and the Extension Program of 36 or 24 units.

    The Masters Conversion Program is a 48 unit program consisting of at least 24 units of coursework and a research or capstone project of 6, 12, or 24 units (depending on specialisation and pathway chosen).

    There are three specialisations in the Conversion Program:
    Public Health
    Translational Health Sciences
    Population Oral Health

    The Masters Extension Program is either 36 or 24 units available to graduates of Bachelor of Health Sciences (or equivalent degrees) with a public health major, Honours in Public Health, or MBBS or Bachelor of Dental Surgery. The Extension program is only available in the Public Health Specialisation.

    Public Health specialisation

    Areas of study include: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Indigenous Health, Public Health Evaluation, Public Health Leadership and Advocacy, Health Promotion, Global Public Health and Environmental and Occupational Health.

    Students in the Conversion Program are required to complete the following:
    8 core courses AND 4 electives AND a capstone consisting of a practicum and a major project or
    8 core courses AND 4 electives AND a dissertation or
    8 core courses AND a thesis.

    Students in the Extension Program are required to complete the following:
    Up to 6 core courses AND up to 2 electives AND a capstone consisting of a practicum and a major project OR dissertation (36 unit extension program)

    4 core courses AND 1 elective AND a work-integrated research project and linked methods course (24 unit extension program)

    Students in the extension programs will be advised about which core and elective courses they must complete depending on their previous undergraduate study.

    Translational Health Sciences specialisation

    Areas of study include: Translational Health Science, Qualitative and Quantitative Evidence Synthesis, and Knowledge Translation as well as public health courses in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Economics, Health Technology Assessment, Qualitative Research Methods in Health and Global Public Health.
    Students are required to complete the following:
    10 core courses (including a major workplace based evidence implementation project) AND 2 electives.

    Population Oral Health Sciences specialisation

    Areas of study include: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Dental Public Health, Prevention of Oral Disease, Oral Health Policy, Indigenous Oral Health and Societal Determinants of Oral Health as well as core public health courses including Evaluation for Public Health, Health Promotion, Global Public Health and Public Health Leadership and Advocacy.
    There are 2 pathways in the Population Oral Health Specialisation:
    Research Pathway; 8 core courses (selected from Public Health and Population Oral Health core) AND a thesis
    Practice Pathway: 9 core courses AND a practicum AND a dissertation AND 2 electives.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Public Health specialisation
    > Introduction to Epidemiology
    > Introduction to Biostatistics
    > Global Public Health
    > Environmental and Occupational Health
    > Promoting Health in Individuals and Populations
    > Knowing what works - Evaluation for Public Health
    > Indigenous Health
    > Leadership and Advocacy for Public Health Action
    > Public Health Practicum
    > Developing a Research Proposal
    > Major Project or Dissertation or Thesis
    > choice of electives.

    Translational Health Science specialisation (online)
    > Introduction to Epidemiology
    > Introduction to Biostatistics
    > Health Economics
    > Qualitative Research Methods in Health
    > Global Public Health
    > Health Technology Assessment
    > Introduction to Translational Health Science
    > Synthesising Economic Evidence
    > Synthesising Qualitative Evidence
    > Knowledge Translation: Implementing Evidence into Practice
    > choice of electives.

    Population Oral Health Specialisation
    > Introduction to Epidemiology
    > Introduction to Biostatistics
    > Dental Public Health
    Choice of 2 courses from:
    > Global Public Health
    > Environmental and Occupational Health
    > Promoting Health in Individuals and Populations
    > Knowing what works - Evaluation for Public Health
    > Indigenous Health
    > Leadership and Advocacy for Public Health Action
    Choice of 3 courses from:
    Prevention of Oral Disease
    Oral Health Policy
    Indigenous Oral Health
    Oral Epidemiology
    Societal Determinants of Oral Health
    Research pathway
    Populataion Oral Health Thesis
    Practice Pathway
    > Public Health Practicum
    > Leadership and Advocacy for Public Health Action
    > Population Oral Health Dissertation
    >choice of electives.

    Electives
    Electives
    Please note: only some of these electives below will be taught each year. The choice of electives will depend on the student’s chosen pathway.
    > Knowing what works - Evaluation for Public Health
    > Indigenous Health
    > Leadership and Advocacy for Public Health Action
    >Qualitative Research Methods in Health
    Health Economics
    Dental Public Health
    Occupational Hygiene and Ergonomics
    Health Economic Evaluation & Decision Making
    Biostatistics
    Diseases of Occupation
    Industrial Toxicology
    Epidemiological Research Methods
    Public Health Ethics
    Health Technology Assessment 3
    Introduction to Translational Health Science
    Synthesising Economic Evidence
    Synthesising Qualitative Evidence
    Clinical Wisdom in Evidence-based Practice
    Adapting Clinical Guidelines
    Prevention of Oral Disease
    Oral Health Policy
    Indigenous Oral Health
    Oral Epidemiology
    Societal Determinants of Oral Health.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan | Public Health Specialisation conversion Program (48 Units)
    Year 1

    Introduction to Epidemiology
    Introduction to Biostatistics
    Knowing What Works - Evaluation in Public Health
    Global Public Health
    Environmental and Occupational Health
    Promoting Health in Individuals and Populations
    Indigenous Health

    Summer Leadership and Advocacy for Public Health Action
    Year 2

    Public Health Practicum + Developing a research proposal and Major Project + choose 4 electives
    Or MPH Thesis Part A and MPH Thesis Part B

     Students in the extension program will be advised about which core and elective courses they must coplete depending on their previous graduate study.

    Indicative study plan | Translational Health Science Specialisation
    Year 1 Introduction to Epidemiology (online)
    Introduction to Biostatistics (online)
    Qualitative Research Methods in Health (online)
    Health Economics (online)
    Introduction to Translational Health Science (online)
    Synthesising Economic Evidence (online)
    Synthesising Qualitative Evidence (online)
    Global Public Health (online)
    Year 2 Health Technology Assessment (online)
    Knowledge Translation: Implementing Evidence into Practice (online)

    + choose 3 electives
    OR
    other postgraduate coursework courses offered by the University or another university which the Faculty approves in lieu of elective courses to the value of 6 units.

    Assessment

    Assessment will be based on a combination of oral presentations, practical assignments, tutorial participation and written examinations. Both face-to-face and online methodologies will be used.
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