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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



The Master of Public Health enables professionals to further their career in disease prevention and health promotion, and offers the chance to play a leading role in tackling the major health challenges of the 21st century.

Taught by leading academics, the degree empowers students to think creatively about the policies and practices that prevent disease, prolong life and make a difference to people’s health. The Master of Public Health offers a unique combination of innovative teaching, interdisciplinary training, work-integrated learning and the chance to develop strong research skills.

By connecting students with active researchers, practitioners and policy makers, the degree also provides the opportunity to build professional networks and gain hands-on experience in real-life settings while studying. Flexible learning options allow students to balance their studies with work and other commitments, and study plans can be customised to match their goals and aspirations. Specialisations are offered in Public Health, Evidence-based Health Care and Population Oral Health.

Graduates have the knowledge and skills to succeed in careers as public health officers, ministerial advisors, analysts, community development officers and project and research officers.


  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM181
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    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 Transparency Data

    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: $34,500

    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. Students in the Evidence-Based Health Care 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
    Evidence-Based Health Care
    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.

    Evidence-Based Health Care specialisation (online)

    Evidence-based health care has been identified as a critical area for global health. The evidence-based health care 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.

    Evidence-Based Health Care subjects:

    • Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Introduction to Biostatistics
    • Health Economics
    • Qualitative Research Methods in Health
    • Global Public Health
    • Health Technology Assessment
    • Introduction to Evidence-based Health Care
    • Developing Clinical Guidelines
    • Synthesising Economic Evidence
    • Synthesising Qualitative Evidence 
    • Knowledge Translation: Implementing Evidence into Practice
    • choice of electives.

    Students are required to complete the following:
    10 core courses (including a major workplace based evidence implementation project) AND 3 electives.

    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
    • 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.

    Indicative study plan | Evidence-Based Health Care Specialisation (online)
    Year 1

    PUB HLTH 7075OL Introduction to Epidemiology
    PUB HLTH 7074OL Introduction to Biostatistics
    PUB HLTH 7081OL Health Economics
    PUB HLTH 7078OL Qualitative Research Methods in Health
    TRANHLTH 7000OL Introduction to Evidence-based Health Care
    TRANHLTH 7001OL Developing Clinical Guidelines
    TRANHLTH 7001OL Synthesising Economic Evidence OR
    TRANHLTH 7002OL Synthesising Qualitative Evidence
    PUB HLTH 7090OL Global Public Health

    Year 2

    PUB HLTH 7147OL Health Technology Assessment
    TRANHLTH 7005OL Knowledge Translation: Implementing Evidence into Practice

    + 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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Last updated: Friday, 29 Sep 2017