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The Master Public Health (MPH) program 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. The MPH (Extension) program extends students' knowledge and skills in public health research by allowings candidates to undertake further coursework and/or an advanced research advanced research project. Many of our graduates occupy key positions in health services and universities in Australia, and the Western Pacific and Asian regions, or undertake a PhD in Public Health as the first step in developing a career in public health research.

The UNSW Master of Public Health (Extension) program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake population health roles in government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally. The program fosters sophisticated understanding and application across the complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge of public health including epidemiology, biostatistics, social determinants of health, health promotion, population targeted health research methods, and health program design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills needed for research and professional practice in public health across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health; government, non-government and voluntary organisations; primary care and community healthcare services in the public and private sectors, and in academic institutions.



Study Level


Typical duration

1.7 Years

Delivery Mode

Face-to-face, Fully online

Intake Period

Term 1, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Public Health (Extension) - MPH(Extn)



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Program Structure

Students must complete 72 UOC as a standalone program.

1. Compulsory courses (18 UOC)
2. Prescribed elective courses (30 UOC)
3. Extension research project and elective courses (24 UOC)

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Entry Requirements
Progression Requirements


Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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