Public Health - 9045

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Contact: School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48


Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health (Specialisation)

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Program Description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is widely recognised as essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, primary health care, policy formulation, research, and management of health programs. Many of our graduates occupy key positions in health services and universities in Australia, and the Western Pacific and Asian regions.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Master of Public Health program provides preparation for education, research and service in all aspects of public health. The program includes study in epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative research methods, health services management, health promotion, development and education in health, as well as a systematic review of topical public health issues. It is designed to address the continuing education needs of specialists in public health as well as providing a general orientation to public health issues and methods for health professionals.

Program Structure

The MPH program is offered in full-time/part-time and internal/external modes. An optional residential week is held prior to the commencement of semester 1 and 2 each year.

The program comprises the following components, for a total of 48 units of credit:
  • Core courses - 18 units of credit
  • Elective courses - 30 units of credit
Core Courses

The following electives enable students to focus on areas of interest and professional relevance. Electives may also be chosen from core courses offered in the health management or international health programs. In addition, students may enrol in electives offered by other schools and academic units within the University of New South Wales, as well as approved courses offered by other universities, in accordance with the UNSW policy on credit transfer. Students may undertake Independent Study to learn about a particular subject area of special interest where there is appropriate expertise in the School, but no formal course. Students choose 5 elective courses (30 UOC) from the list below:
Electives are also available from Arizona State University as part of the PLuS Alliance
Note: PHCM9498 is a pre-requisite course for PHCM9517 and PHCM9518.

Students may also apply to the Program Director to be allowed to replace up to 12 UOC of course electives with a 6 UOC Research Project, 6 UOC Independent Study or 6 UOC Internship.
Additional Course Requirement for International Students.

International Students who have not previously completed a degree in Australia and are enrolled in the full time program in Sydney (Kensington campus) are required to take the following additional course in their first semester.
This course is available for all students to assist them with academic literacy practice and includes critical reading, thinking and writing, oral communication and managing postgraduate study. The course is made available at no charge to students and does not contribute to the program requirements of the degree. Local students who have not studied recently are also welcome to enrol to assist them with the transition back to university and to assist them with their academic skills.

Streams (Areas of Specialisation)

The following streams are available in the Master of Public Health. These allow students to focus their studies on areas where the School has considerable expertise, and may incorporate project work. Students who demonstrate capacity through achieving a Credit average and propose an appropriate project topic in the area of specialisation may apply to undertake a 6 UOC Project (PHCM9148). The project may be in the form of a small-scale research study, a case study, a program evaluation or a report on field experience, and will be negotiated in advance with the relevant Stream Convenor.

For further details see 'Area(s) of Specialisation' Above.

Academic Rules

The Master of Public Health articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Public Health (GradDip) and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GradCert).

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


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have either:
  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)* and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience. This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS, MD)
  • An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)*
[*Examples include, but are not restricted to, medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, social work, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, social work, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.]

Applications will be assessed in accordance with the UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.

Application Procedure

For Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens, applications for postgraduate coursework programs at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine are online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

For international students, applications for postgraduate coursework programs at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine are online through UNSW Apply Online.

Please contact the Student Services office for further information

Further Information

Related Program(s)

7368 Public Health
5507 Public Health
9046 Public Health (Extn)
9047 Public Health/HealthManagement
9043 Int Pub Health/Pub Health

Area(s) of Specialisation