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University of Melbourne Public Health School in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Public Health

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University and Faculty: University of Melbourne
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Program: Master of Public Health
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 4.8 million
Student Population: 50,000
Campus Location: Parkville campus, downtown Melbourne
Program Duration: 2 years
Semester Intake: Feb/March and July each year
Next Avail. Intake: July 2019
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $46,688 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total: $95,710 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

The Melbourne Master of Public Health (MPH) teaches students to recognize and seek to understand the social determinants of health and disease, the molecular basis of disease in populations, and the influence of physical, social and cultural environments. Prime emphasis is placed on the prevention of disease and injury and the promotion of health and well-being. This University of Melbourne program maintains a strong focus on the systems and services that society puts in place to effect these aims, their efficiency and cost-effectiveness, and their impact on equity and social justice.

In 2017, Melbourne announced an intensive two-year review had been conducted on the MPH core subject curriculum. As a result of the review, the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health has developed an novel new core subject, "Planning and Priortising in Public Health," that is focused on practical public health workplace skills. Minor changes have also been made to other core subjects with the aim of having an increased focus on the drivers of public health problems, the skills required by all public health practitioners, and planning and managing public health projects and programs. These curriculum and structural changes will enable the ability of the school to continue to produce high-quality graduates equipped with relevant knowledge and skills for a breadth of careers within the public health workforce.


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Students commencing the Master of Public Health in 2017 and beyond will have the opportunity to complete "Planning and Prioritising in Public Health." These changes will increase the breadth of skills and knowledge gained by students within their MPH experience.

Master of Public Health students can specialise in

  • Ageing
  • Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Gender and Women's Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Economics & Economic Evaluation
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Health Social Sciences
  • Indigenous Health
  • Primary Care
  • or Sexual Health.

The Master of Public Health has three components:

1. Core Component
The core component includes up to six subjects that provide students with a rigorous, multidisciplinary foundation in public health theory and practice, that is essential to all aspects of public health practice.

2. Specialist Component
The specialist component offers students the opportunity to focus on one or more key fields in public health and gain the skills and knowledge required for practice in the area. Specialisations are offered in the fields of Ageing, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Gender and Women’s Health, Global Health, Health Program Evaluation, Health Economics and Economic Evaluation, Health Social Sciences, Indigenous Health, Primary Care, Sexual Health.

3. Capstone Experience
The capstone experience offers students the opportunity to consolidate their specialist training and apply the knowledge gained in the course to real world scenarios. Students may apply to undertake a Research Project with an expert in their field; a Professional Practice placement with a recognised agency, institution or community organisation concerned with health; or capstone selective subjects.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

To be eligible to apply, applicants must

  • have an undergraduate degree in any discipline; or
  • have at least 200 points of post-secondary study (equal to two full-time years of study) in any discipline and at least five years of documented relevant health-related experience;

Applicants must also

  • submit a referee report; and
  • submit a detail CV (including working history if applicable, specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed).

In ranking applications, the selection committee will consider prior academic performance and when relevant, health-related work experience. The committee may conduct interviews and tests to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Successful applicants with an appropriate professional health-related degree and work experience may be granted advanced standing. Please contact OzTREKK for more information.


Total Number of Places in the Program: variable

Application Deadline: The University of Melbourne has a general application deadline of April 29 for the July intake and October 30 for the Feb/March intake; however, candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program's start date.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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