Int'l Public Health (Extn) - 9051

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Contact: School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1.5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 72


Master of International Public Health (Extension)

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Program Description

The Master of International Public Health (Extension) provides students with the advanced disciplinary knowledge and technical capacities to contribute to disease control, health promotion, health services development, and public health research across a wide range of populations and countries. The program fosters sophisticated knowledge and skills that can be applied to a broad range of highly complex public health issues in global health. Graduates are equipped with specialised professional skills needed for research and professional practice to work globally in health departments, with government and non-government organisations, and with international and bi-lateral aid agencies in both the public and private sectors. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving public health outcomes in specific and diverse settings drawing on a global health perspective.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

At the completion of the Master of International Public Health (Extension), students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate strong sociocultural and political awareness of the diverse cultural settings, entities and policy agendas influencing global health and critically analyse complex and interrelated factors shaping health trends at local, national and international levels, as well as globally.

2. Apply advanced knowledge and skills for protecting the health of populations and preventing communicable and non-communicable diseases using epidemiological methods and contemporary theories and techniques relevant to international health priorities and settings.

3. Critically appraise the needs of communities and/or populations for promoting health, drawing on evidence informed approaches to support effective interventions.

4. Interpret and apply relevant research and research-based methods for informing international public health questions, priorities, policy and practice across a diverse set of contexts.

5. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex population related data and issues to plan and evaluate public health strategies, projects and programs informed by current theoretical debates, techniques and practices in international health, as well as the development of policy.

6. Demonstrate multidisciplinary ways of working and high level skills in communicating, working in teams and advocacy to enhance public health outcomes within international health settings and in a global context.

7. Demonstrate understanding of current global health developments and perspectives and their implications for productively working locally, intersectorally, and across communities, agencies and national boundaries.

8. Demonstrate capacity to engage in scholarly inquiry, ethical commitment and critical reflective practice for informing professional practice in international public health.

9. Identify and critically appraise research literature in an area of international public health and determine research question/s and appropriate methodologies to address these question/s.

10. Demonstrate ability to plan and execute a scholarly international public health research-based project using relevant methodologies for contributing understanding to the field within the specific area of research.

Program Structure

The MIPH (extension) comprises the following components for a total of 72 units of credit (UoC):
  • Core courses - 3 courses (18UoC)
  • International Health electives - 3 courses (18 UOC)
  • Research project/s - (6 UOC or 18 UOC or 24 UOC)
  • Elective courses - the number of elective courses is dependent on the UOC taken as research projects - either 2, 3 or 5 elective courses (either 12 UOC, 18 UOC or 30 UOC)
Core (18 UOC)
PLUS at least three courses from International Health-related electives (18 UOC)
PLUS one or both of the following research project courses (6 UOC or 18 UOC or 24 UOC):
Other electives (12 UOC or 18 UOC or 30 UOC)

The number of electives that students are permitted to take will depend on whether they choose to undertake PHCM9148 6 UOC research project or PHCM9150 18 UOC research project or both PHCM9148 and PHCM9150. Students enrolled in PHCM9148 but not PHCM9150 will require five elective courses. Enrolment in PHCM9150 but not PHCM9148 will enable students to enrol in three elective courses. Students who opt to take both PHCM9148 and PHCM9150 will have two elective courses. Electives can be selected from the list of International Health Electives above, or any other electives offered by the School of Public Health and Community Medicine including:
Additional Course Requirement for International Students
Stream (Area of Specialisation)

The following stream is available in the Master of International Public Health (Extension) to be completed in the first 48 UOC of the program. This allows students to focus their studies in an area where the School has considerable expertise, and may incorporate project work.

Academic Rules

The Master of International Public Health (Extension) articulates with the Master of International Public Health, Graduate Diploma in International Public Health (GradDip) and the Graduate Certificate in International Public Health (GradCert). Progression to the final 24 UOC Extension component of the MIPH (Extn) program requires successful completion of the first 48 UOC of the program with an average mark of at least 65%.

Please refer to the Program Structure above and contact the School of Public Health and Community Medicine for further information.


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Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a health-related or public health-related discipline* and:
  • Honours or postgraduate qualification in a health-related or public health-related discipline; or
  • Substantial professional experience acquired as part of a health-related degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS); or
  • Two years full-time professional experience in a health-related or public health-related discipline, including as a volunteer in a health or public health organisation.
In exceptional circumstances, applications will be considered for entry where the applicant has extensive professional health or public health experience but does not hold a formal qualification in a relevant discipline. Applications will be assessed in accordance with University Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning policies.

[*Examples include medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, behavioural and social sciences, human services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration and management, biostatistics, health economics.]

Please contact the School of Public Health and Community Medicine for advice on admission requirements (

Further Information

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9048 International Public Health
5567 International Public Health
7367 International Public Health
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Area(s) of Specialisation