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Public Health (Practice)

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Prepare for a rewarding career in which you can help build a fairer health system and a healthier world.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Public Health (Practice)
  • Duration
    1 year, 6 months full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

Applications now open!

12 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Public Health (Practice) at Curtin?

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Public Health (Practice)



We also offer a 2 year Master of Public Health for those looking for a research pathway.

Public health practitioners are concerned with all facets of public health, with expertise spanning epidemiology, disease prevention, health promotion and protection, policy and governance. Their knowledge helps shape policies and strategies that improve health and social outcomes for the benefit of everyone.

This is an accelerated course that focuses on the core functions of public health: prevention of illness and disease, and the protection and promotion of health and wellbeing in Australia and globally. It explores the social, ecological, commercial, political, economic and behavioural determinants on individual and population health outcomes.

The applied focus on public health practice includes epidemiology and surveillance, research methods, disease prevention and control, health protection and promotion, politics, policy, governance and systems for public health.

In addition to coursework, you’ll complete a professional capstone unit in public health practice.

What jobs can the Master of Public Health (Practice) lead to?


  • Public health officer
  • Community development officer
  • Health promotion officer
  • Policy officer 
  • Project officer
  • Research officer
  • Workplace health coordinator.


  • Local, state and federal government 
  • Community and social services
  • Universities and research organisations
  • International aid and development
  • Social enterprise
  • International institutions
  • Public and private health services.

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, synthesise and communicate complex information that impact on public health outcomes and consider the applicability of existing and emerging technologies for public health practice
  • 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 for public health

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants require an undergraduate degree or higher from a tertiary institution. Satisfying the admission requirements enables an applicant to be considered for admission, but does not guarantee an offer of admission to the program. Admission into program is at the discretion of the course coordinator/School and is dependent on a number of considerations including the applicant’s academic background and work experience along with assessment of supplementary information provided by the applicant.

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Application Requirements

Please refer to our application requirements before applying for a Master of Public Health (MC-PUBHL) at Curtin.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

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).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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

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

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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

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