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MC-PUBHL

Public Health

Master by coursework

Prepares you for contemporary public health practice, addressing traditional and emerging public health issues.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Public Health
  • Duration
    2 years full-time
  • Credit
    400
  • CRICOS
    064462G
  • Location
    Curtin Perth,  Curtin University Malaysia
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2022

Semester 2

On campus and online

2023

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2024

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2025

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2022

Semester 2

On campus

2023

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

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If COVID-19 restrictions apply, we may need to make changes to units and/or delivery modes.

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Studying at Curtin was empowering for me and enabled professional and personal growth. The course provided a very comprehensive base of study that improved my knowledge, skills, and attitudes in public health.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Public Health Association of Australia.

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We also offer an accelerated 1.5 year Master of Public Health (Practice).

This new multidisciplinary course is designed for those seeking to develop their skills and knowledge in public health. Whether you already work in public health or want to move into this field, our course can prepare you for contemporary public health practice that addresses traditional and emerging issues that threaten to negatively impact communities and the environment. 

The Master of Public Health teaches students a range of conceptual knowledge and practical skills to support public health action across educational, organizational, socio-economic, environmental and political domains to improve population health. You will gain thorough grounding in the major areas of public health with content scaffolded across the course to enhance your learning. In the second year you will have the opportunity to carry out research with an academic supervisor or enhance your practice and leadership skills.

Course content is aligned to the competencies from the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia, exploring:

  • Health monitoring and surveillance
  • Disease prevention and control
  • Health promotion
  • Health protection
  • Health policy, planning and management
  • Evidence-informed professional population health practice.

Our Master of Public Health students come from a variety of fields, including medicine and allied health, biomedical and laboratory-based sciences, nutrition, occupational and environmental health, health promotion, social sciences, education, communications, business and management.

Note: It is possible to exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health or a Graduate Diploma in Public Health once you have completed certain units. Other certificates and diplomas may also be available in combination with this course.

Note: There is an optional fieldwork component in this course.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Learn to measure public health and explore major problems in both developed and developing countries.
  • These courses will teach you how to effectively plan, implement and evaluate public health programs in a variety of settings.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • The curriculum is designed from a global public health perspective. You will be collaborating with peers from all over the world.
  • There are a number of study options available including fully online, full-time or part-time study.
  • You will acquire important knowledge and skills, which will benefit you from day one and help you make a difference in your current role.
  • You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced teaching staff.

Career information

As a graduate, you may work in a number of fields, including health administration, protection or promotion. You may work in the public sector or with nongovernment organisations, such as the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council and Red Cross; or with research institutes, universities and international bodies, such as the World Health Organization.

What you'll learn

  • apply research based specialised knowledge including recent developments in public health together with applicable research principles and methods
  • reflect critically on theoretical knowledge, public health scholarship, advocacy and professional practice
  • investigate, analyse and synthesize complex information and problems that impact directly or indirectly on public health outcomes
  • interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non specialist audiences
  • evaluate the applicability of existing and emerging technologies for public health practice
  • apply knowledge and skills to new situations in the course of public health practice leading to further learning
  • critically evaluate the impact of environmental and geographical context, local institutions and culture on public health outcomes
  • articulate, defend and apply a theoretical understanding of social justice implicit in public health practice
  • demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability when interacting with diverse individuals, communities and organisations as an advocate/champion of public health

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree from a tertiary institution preferably in health, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $24,071*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2022

Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online
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2022

Semester 2
  • On campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-PUBHL
  • CRICOS code: 064462G
  • Last updated on: 06/10/2022