Master of Public Health

Tackle real-world health problems and protect your community

Our Master of Public Health offers a simplified two-year path to working—and making a difference—in the health sector.

Equipped with an in-depth knowledge of epidemiology, biostatistics, communicable diseases and global public health, you will be able to impact the health of your community by influencing policy or advocating for change at a population level.

Open up new career opportunities and work alongside other health professionals in a non-clinical setting to make our society healthier and safer.

What will you do?

  • Develop specialist knowledge of practice and policy.
  • Connect with mentors, active researchers, practitioners and policymakers.
  • Learn strong problem-solving and research skills.
  • Gain hands-on experience in real-life settings.
  • Build professional networks.
  • Tailor your study to personal goals and aspirations.

Where could it take you?

You could work with communities to manage local health problems or keep the nation informed during times of crisis. You might design and implement educational campaigns and health programs. Perhaps you’ll advise on policy or be a research officer for clinical trials.


  • World Top 150 School of Public Health*
  • 15% industry growth predicted by 2015^
  • Network with public health leaders in industry placements

^ARWU, 2022
* Occupation Projection

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM181, 3CM266, 3CM263
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of 5.0 or better.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM181, 3CM266, 3CM263

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $28,000

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


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

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This program is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
Check your eligibility today at Study Assist.


Career Readiness

Students choosing the practice pathway undertake a work-based learning experience 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 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 Professional Practice Placement is a semester-long course of 12 units. Students are placed with a host organisation to undertake a real-world public health project in an applied setting.

Potential careers

International Development Worker, 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, Health Promotion Professional

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 .

The Masters Extension Program is either 36 or 24 units available to graduates of Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (or equivalent degrees) with a public health major, honours in Public Health.

The Master of Public Health 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 of whole populations.

Public Health subjects:

  • 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
  • Leadership and Advocacy for Public Health Action
  • Professional Practice Placement or Dissertation or Thesis
  • choice of electives.

Students in the Conversion Program are required to complete the following:
7 core courses AND 5 electives AND a capstone consisting of the Professional Practice Placement OR a dissertation;
7 core courses AND 1 elective AND a thesis

Students in the Extension Program are required to complete the following:
Up to 6 core courses AND up to 4 electives AND a capstone consisting of the Professional Practice Placement 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.

Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

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

PUB HLTH 7075 Introduction to Epidemiology
PUB HLTH 7074 Introduction to Biostatistics
PUB HLTH 7090 Global Public Health
PUB HLTH 7113 Environmental and Occupational Health
PUB HLTH 7093 Promoting Health in Individuals and Populations 
PUB HLTH 7091 Knowing What Works - Evaluation for Public Health

Summer PUB HLTH 7092 Leadership and Advocacy for Public Health Action
Year 2

Professional Practice Placement OR MPH Dissertation + choose 5 electives
Or MPH Thesis Part A and MPH Thesis Part B + choose 1 elective

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

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 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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Last updated: Thursday, 10 Nov 2022