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Macquarie University School of Public Health in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Public Health

Apply to Macquraie's Master of Public Health
University and Faculty: Macquarie University
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Program: Master of Public Health
University Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 5 million
Student Population: 40,209
Campus Location: North Ryde, New South Wales
Program Duration: 2 years
Semester Intakes: February and July each year
Next Avail. Intake: July 2019
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $33,000 AUD (2019)

The Department of Health Systems and Populations at Macquarie University will offer a Master of Public Health from 2017. This is the perfect professional degree to engage in for a 21st-century approach to education and practice aimed at preventing disease, promoting health, and supporting healthy lives in a globalised world.

Macquarie’s innovative, interdisciplinary and future-focused Master of Public Health will prepare students for a dynamic career focused on preventing disease, promoting health and addressing health-related issues in our globalised world.

Potential employers include government, non-governmental organisations, business, public health clinical or community settings, multilateral aid organisations, or other groups concerned with health, human rights, indigenous issues, environmental health, health leadership, and/or development.

Graduates of the Master of Public Health research specialisation interested in pursuing further higher degree research would also be well-equipped to do so, and to move further into a research career.


Unique Features of the Program

Macquarie Master of Public Health students

  • will be prepared for the 21st-century public health workforce through this future-oriented course;
  • receive in-depth training in areas essential to modern public health practice such as leadership, interdisciplinary teamwork and advocacy;
  • develop your knowledge and skills in domestic or international public health practice, through skills-based education that reflects global standards;
  • graduate with a qualification that can see them work in a variety of jobs in a variety of sectors, having developed broad foundational knowledge and skills relevant to all aspects of public health.

There are four specialisations within the Master of Public Health program:

Environmental Health
The Environmental Health major explores both the direct and indirect effects of environmental factors on public health, and will give students a thorough understanding of how to mitigate those risks. By choosing from a variety of subjects—including sustainability, development, design, policy and activism—students will develop important communication skills that will help them advise both professional and lay audiences about environmental exposures, their associated risks and mitigation.

Global Health
The difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest countries is more than 40 years according to the WHO. While preventing disease is the best way of reducing mortality in both developed and developing countries, forces driving the rise of chronic diseases, including ageing demographics, rapid urbanisation, and the globalisation of unhealthy lifestyles, are challenging to control.

Specialising in Global Health will give students in-depth knowledge of the issues impacting global health. They will also be able to identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and understand how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations.

Health Law, Ethics and Policy
Legal and ethical issues explored include concerns over whether government bodies have made adequate preparations for people impacted by the changing climate, the safety of the frail elderly in long-term care homes, the rights of consumers to know whether foods are genetically modified, or the desire for saviour siblings to resist the tissue or blood transfusions for which they were conceived.

Specialising in Health Law, Ethics and Policy will give you in-depth knowledge of the ethical, legal, and policy issues relevant to public health. They will gain the knowledge and skills to critique, as well as propose, policy and regulatory solutions aimed at preventing illness and disease, and the managing and promoting health in local, national and international settings.

Health Leadership
Strong leaders who understand are able to respond effectively and equitablely to the demands posed by public health issues and associated community concerns are increasingly in demand around the world. The Health Leadership specialisation will give students the skills and knowledge they need to critically evaluate and apply law, policy, economics, strategy and assessment to public health settings, and to provide proactive leadership in the face of emerging health issues.


Why International Students Like to Study this Program

The Master of Public Health at Macquarie has been designed to meet national and international competencies and global accreditation standards in order to be recognised to work abroad.

It is an innovate and rigorous degree that has been designed with strong connections to public health practice. The idea is that students will develop an in]depth knowledge and skills based education through an integrated curriculum approach.

The course has been designed on the basis of extensive research and reflection about what public health education should look like in the 21st century that meets the growing demand for public health practitioners.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

This degree is recognized as a public health qualification in a number of professional fields. It fulfils the academic coursework requirements of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.


Admissions Criteria/Entry requirements for Canadians:

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline: health; social sciences; health sciences; social work and human welfare; behavioural sciences; environmental sciences; health administration; human biological sciences; medical, forensic, food and pharmacology sciences; psychology; sport and recreation disciplines; humanities; law and justice studies; commerce; economics; education; communication and media studies; and/or rehabilitation therapies.

Admission requirements vary depending on the specialisation chosen.


Total Number of Places in the Program: no set number

Number of Places for International Students: no set number

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

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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