Publ Hlth (Extn)/Hlth Managmnt - 9056

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Contact: School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 2 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 96


Master of Health Management

Master of Public Health (Extension)

View program information for previous years

Program Description

The Master Public Health (Extension) / Master of Health Management dual program is an innovative approach to postgraduate health education enabling candidates to specialise in both public health and health management and develop research skills in public health.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The dual MPH (Extension) / MHM program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake population health and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally. The program develops public health and health services leaders who have the capabilities to manage within increasingly complex and rapidly changing health system environments. The program promotes sophisticated understanding and application across the complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge of public health and health management including: epidemiology, biostatistics, social determinants of health, health promotion, population targeted health research methods, leadership and workforce management, strategic planning and change management, quality improvement, and health program and policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills needed for health management research and evidence based professional practice and leadership across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners critically reflexive practitioners who can manage and improve health service systems and outcomes and can contribute to improving public health outcomes in diverse settings.

Program Structure

Candidates must complete 96 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising:
  • Core courses - 7 courses (42 UOC)
  • Elective courses - 5 courses (30 UOC)
  • Extension* (24 UOC)
48 UOC of core and elective course requirements of MPH program must be completed with an average mark of 65% or more before the final 24 UOC of MPH Extension coursework and research can be undertaken. This can be completed while completing requirements for the MHM program. Both the 6 UOC and 18 UOC research projects of the MHM Extension component may be completed in a range of locations with the involvement of approved local and UNSW academic supervisors and approval of the Program Director.

Core Courses
MPH core courses: PHCM9041, PHCM9498 and PHCM9012

Electives (30 UOC)

Students choose 5 elective courses (30 UOC) from the list below.
PHCM9498 is a pre-requisite core course for PHCM9517 and PHCM9518

Note: The 48 UOC MPH requirements to be completed with a minimum average mark of 65% to progress to the Extension component of the MPH are the 3 MPH core courses and 5 other courses, which may include MHM core courses.

*Extension (24 UOC)

Choose from one of the following options:
  • 18 UOC major project in public health (PHCM9150 or both PHCM9151 and PHCM9152) to be negotiated with an academic supervisor plus a 6 UOC elective course; or
  • 6 UOC research project (PHCM9148) in public health to be determined in consultation with the academic supervisor of the project plus 3 elective courses (18 UOC).
Streams (Areas of Specialisation)

The following streams are available in the Master of Public Health (Extension). These allow students to focus their studies on areas where the School has considerable expertise.
Students considering enrolling in a stream must seek advice from the MPH Program Director to ensure that they select the correct courses to meet the requirements of the stream as well as the rules of the dual Masters Extension program.

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.

Academic Rules

Please refer to the Program Structure above and contact the school office for further information.

Students enrolled in the MPH (Extn) / MHM program will be required to exit with the MPH/MHM on completion of 72 UOC that meet the requirements of the MPH/MHM program if they fail to achieve an average mark of 65% to meet requirements to progress to the Extension component of the program. Students may also exit early with the 48 UOC MPH or 48 UOC MHM, or with a Graduate Diploma (36 UOC) or Graduate Certificate (24 UOC) in either Public Health or Health Management on completion of courses that meet the requirements of the relevant program.


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 Programs

Area(s) of Specialisation