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James Cook University Public Health School in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Public Health

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University and Faculty: James Cook University (JCU)
College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
Program: Master of Public Health
University Location: Townsville, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 190,000
Student Population: 11,500
Campus Location: Townsville, Queensland
(option for distance education delivery mode)
Program Duration: 1.5 years
Semester Intakes: February and July each year
Next Avail. Intake: July 2019
Est. Annual Tuition: $31,200 AUD (2019)

The Division of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University is one of the largest postgraduate public health training programs in Australia, and was one of a select group of academic institutions funded by the Commonwealth Government to assist in training public health professionals.

The training programs not only cover the core public health competencies, but also offer a particular focus on the challenges facing health professionals working in tropical, rural and remote environments. Special attention is given to the needs of high-risk community groups, including refugee and migrant populations, and Indigenous Australians. Specific elements within the programs are tailored to particular workforce needs:

  • refugee health
  • disaster health management
  • travel medicine
  • tropical marine and diving medicine
  • infection control
  • communicable disease control
  • aeromedical retrieval
  • health promotion

The Master of Public Health at JCU enables health professionals to gain postgraduate qualifications in the public health sector and is designed to serve the needs of health professionals in rural and remote areas, particularly in the tropics.

This course is designed for health professionals with a suitable undergraduate degree or recognised professional qualification in a relevant discipline. It provides the skills and knowledge to communicate public health information, to engage in professional health practices and to ensure healthy environments, particularly in rural and remote areas.

There are four majors available within the Master of Public Health

  • Aeromedical Retrieval
  • Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Health Promotion


Unique Features of the Program

The JCU School of Public Health ensures the program undertakes high quality and relevant teaching, research and training in population health, with a special focus on the tropics, northern Australia, Indigenous Australia and Australia's near neighbours.

James Cook University is famous for its focus on tropical and remote health and medicine and provides several programs unique to Australia. James Cook University has
  • the Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, which is one of the leading tropical research facilities in the world;
  • teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning; and
  • cutting-edge teaching laboratories and research facilities.

Why International Students Like the Program

JCU is now recognized as a world leader in tropical health and medical research and biotechnology. International research projects in these fields has contributed to JCU being ranked in the top 5% of universities worldwide.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

In order to be considered for JCU's Master of Public Health, applicants must

  • have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field; or
  • provide evidence of other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above; or
  • at the discretion of the Dean of College submission, as an exceptional case, of other evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health-related activities.


Additional Postgraduate Health Sciences Programs Offered at JCU

  • Master of Applied Science
  • Master of Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Public Health/Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • Master of Rural and Remote Medicine
Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are also available.

Total Number of Places in the Program: no set limit

Number of Places of International Students: no set limit

Application Deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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