Master of Public Health

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM181
CRICOS 081148J

Play a leading role in health promotion

Ready to think creatively about policies and practices that prevent disease and prolong life?

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

What will you do?

  • Develop specialist knowledge of practice and policy.
  • Connect with mentors, active researchers, practitioners and policy makers.
  • 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.

Specialisations are offered in:

  • Public Health
  • Population Oral Health

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.

 

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 3CM181
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of 5.0 or better.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM181

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 081148J
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $25,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500

    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

    Students choosing the practice pathways of the three specialisations 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 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 Professional Practice Placement is a semester-long course of 12 units in the Public Health specialisation, and 3 units in the practice focus stream 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.

    Potential careers

    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, Oral Health Therapist

  • 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
    Population Oral Health

    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, or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or Bachelor of Dental Surgery. The Extension program is only available in the Public Health Specialisation.

    Public Health specialisation

    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.

    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;
    or
    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);
    or
    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.

    Population Oral Health Sciences specialisation

    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.

    Population Oral Health Subjects:

    • 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
    • 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
    • Population Oral Health Thesis

      Practice Pathway
    • Public Health Practicum
    • Leadership and Advocacy for Public Health Action
    • Population Oral Health Dissertation
    • choice of electives.

    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.

    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
    • 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
    • Toxicology and Safety Management
    • Epidemiological Research Methods
    • Public Health Ethics
    • Health Technology Assessment 3
    • Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care
    • Synthesising Economic Evidence
    • Synthesising Qualitative Evidence
    • Clinical Wisdom in Evidence-based Practice
    • Developing Clinical Guidelines
    • Developing a Research Proposal
    • Prevention of Oral Disease
    • Oral Health Policy
    • Indigenous Oral Health
    • Oral Epidemiology
    • Societal Determinants of Oral Health.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan | Public Health Specialisation 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 7092 Knowing What Works - Evaluation for Public Health

    Summer PUB HLTH 7091 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.

    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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Last updated: Thursday, 6 Dec 2018