Fast-track your career with this one year degree

Master of
Public Health

Gain the knowledge and skills to protect and improve the health of millions of people. Connect with leading thinkers across disciplines, and to the employers and agencies working to improve health and well-being and reduce inequalities.

Key facts

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health is a fast-track degree for those who have an undergraduate degree, as well as Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (one qualification must be in a related field), or significant professional or volunteer experience in a field relevant to public health. 

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements should enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health as a pathway into the Master of Public Health.

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Graduate certificate in Public Health

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public Health requires a Bachelor degree from any discipline. Applicants with other relevant professional qualifications (e.g. Registered Nurses) and at least two years' relevant work experience may also be considered.

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Master of Public Health Extension

Admission to the Master of Public Health Extension requires a Bachelor degree from any discipline.

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Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health can be studied over one-year full-time, depending on the subjects chosen. You can also choose to study part-time and work at your own pace. Students who are working full-time often study part-time, choosing to complete one to two subjects per semester, taking two years to complete the full degree.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a 6-month course, and is designed for students who need a solid foundation in Public Health concepts before continuing into the Master of Public Health. You can also choose to study part-time and work at your own pace. Students who are working full-time often study part-time, choosing to complete one to two subjects per semester, taking one year to complete the full degree.

Master of Public Health Extension

The Master of Public Health Extension is 2-years full-time, or you can choose to study part-time at your own pace.  

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health requires the successful completion of 48 credit points:

  • Four core public health subjects, plus
  • Subjects from a selected specialisations, OR
  • Any three subjects selected from the specialisations, plus the Capstone subject.

Core subjects include:

  • Foundations in Public Health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Public Health
  • Public Health Methods
  • Doing Public Health

Find out more about the specialisations on offer.

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health requires the successful completion of two core subjects, plus two elective subjects of your choice over 6-month full time, or part-time equivalent.

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.

Master of Public Health Extension

The Master of Public Health Extension requires the successful completion of at least 96 credit points:

  • Four core public health subjects (24 credit points), plus
  • One or two specialisations, plus elective subjects (72 credit points), OR
  • Any subjects selected from the specialisations, plus the Capstone subject (72 credit points)

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.

SessionSession Details
2023 Autumn

Commences: 27 February 2023

2023 Spring

Commences: 24 July 2023

Master of Public Health

CampusTotal Course Fee*
Wollongong, UOW Online TBC

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

CampusTotal Course Fee*
Wollongong, UOW Online TBC

Master of Public Health Extension

CampusTotal Course Fee*
Wollongong, UOW Online TBC

The above tuition fees are the amount payable for a Commonwealth Supported place.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are University places where, for eligible domestic students, tuition fees are made up of two parts:

  • an Australian Government contribution (for some courses, up to three-quarters of the tuition fee is funded by the Australian Government)
  • a student contribution (which may be deferred and repaid later via a HECS-HELP loan)

 To be eligible for this fee subsidy, you must meet the following criteria: Be a domestic student, i.e. an Australian or New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a permanent Australian Humanitarian visa holder.

 *Total indicative course tuition fees shown is for a Commonwealth Supported place. These fees are based on normal course length and progression and are subject to change from year to year. For up to date information on course structure and fees, refer to the UOW Course Handbook.

You can choose to study the Master of Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Public Health online, or at our Wollongong campus.

UOW Online

UOW integrates online learning into nearly all subjects. However, when your course is offered through UOW Online, 100% of your course will be delivered online, including all tutorials, class discussions and submission of assessments. This delivery mode allows you to study from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Studying online still means you will be able to connect with our passionate lecturers and teachers and network with your classmates.

Wollongong Campus

When you study ‘on campus’ you will attend classes on the Wollongong campus between Monday and Friday, and you can sometimes choose class times outside business hours to help you organise study around your other commitments. UOW integrates online learning into all of our subjects so the time spent on campus is spent strengthening your understanding and practising your skills.

Get up to 75% off your fees in 2023

The Government will pay up to 75% of the course fees of eligible Domestic students studying a UOW postgraduate degree in Public Health. There’s never been a better time to get started on your next qualification. Speak with our course experts to find out more.

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Specialisations

These courses are flexible. Students can select a specialisation and complete the prescribed subjects, or choose not to select a prescribed specialisation, and select from a range of subjects based on their interests.

Take a deep dive into the nexus of where public health intersects with societal factors, such as in schools, with social policy, justice and welfare systems. This would be of interest to health and welfare professionals, and suit work in a diverse range governmental and non-governmental organisations.

In addition to core subjects, students will study:

  • Where social systems meet public health
  • Public health and justice
  • Public health in education
  • Public health capstone subject

Gain strong quantitative and epidemiological skills, and learn to apply public health values to contextualise data science, conduct reproducible data analysis practices, and effectively communicate public health issues with data visualisations.

In addition to core subjects, students will study:

  • Managing and communicating health and social data
  • Data science and machine learning for health and social sciences
  • Observational epidemiology and understanding causes
  • Public health capstone subject

The Indigenous Health specialisation applies a cultural lens to public health and focuses on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as Indigenous evaluation and research methodologies. This specialisation will be attractive to a range of professional health and social settings, in governmental and non-governmental organisations. 

In addition to core subjects, students will study:

  • Indigenous research methodologies
  • Indigenous evaluation and quality improvement
  • Social determinants of Indigenous health
  • Public health capstone subject

The Public Health Practice specialisation allows students to complete a practical placement of at least 240 hours. Academics in the School of Health & Society’s will leverage their extensive industry partner base to help you secure a placement accessible to your location. Apply public health values, knowledge and skills in workplace settings, apply critical thinking, and demonstrate leadership and advocacy to promote equitable public health practices.

In addition to core subjects, students will undertake:

  • Public health practice
  • Two subjects from across the other specialisations

The Public Health Research Specialisation involves a single 24-credit point subject in which you will design and conduct a public health research project with the support of an academic supervisor. This specialisation may provide students with a potential pathway into a PhD program. Students will complete the core subjects, plus a major research subject.

Public Health provides the opportunity to make improvements in many people's health and potentially reach people before they require clinical services. The course was flexible which meant that I could balance my study around full-time work and personal responsibilities. The skills and knowledge I gained gave me greater confidence in my work. Holly Jones, Assistant Director, Food and Nutrition Policy, Australian Government Department of Health Master of Public Health

Fast-track your public health career

UOW’s Master of Public Health has gone through an extensive review and rebuild to develop a course which reflects the future of public health. This course engages students in an innovative learning experience that provides strong work-ready skills and a keen analytic social lens to address issues of global public health significance.

The course has been designed with industry and our academic staff who work closely with public health focused organisations.

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For students who select the Public Health Practice subject, academics in the School of Health and Society will help you to source a placement opportunity accessible to your location (within Australia). Our strong network of contacts in the Public Health sector mean that we have the confidence to be able to guarantee this to any students who wish to complete this specialisation. 

The Public Health Practice specialisation allows students to complete two practical placements of at least 240 hours. Apply public health values, knowledge and skills in workplace settings, apply critical thinking, and demonstrate leadership and advocacy to promote equitable public health practices.

Take a deep dive into local and global challenges

The Master of Public Health has an applied practical focus, making extensive use of problem-based learning and case studies to develop your skills in analysis, exploration, and integration of information to solve some of the big global and locally significant public health issues. The origins of many public health problems can be found in understanding the social determinants of health and well-being, issues of social justice and equity. You will be challenged by contemporary case studies and required to pitch solutions to real-world problems to industry partners. 

Gain valuable experience

Choose to undertake a work placement, facilitated by our Public Health team, leveraging the deep connections with people and organisations in the sector.

UOW maintains strong links with local, national and international bodies to ensure programs are relevant to the latest developments and to offer work placement opportunities to our students.

Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading experts and experienced practitioners so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.

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I really enjoyed my degree, the staff at UOW were all really supportive. Most of them do their own research in the public health field so they all have different areas they are passionate about. I found it extremely valuable, I learnt a lot of skills which I was able to apply in my work. David Salvestrin, Assistant Director, Chronic Conditions Policy, Population Health, Australian Department of Health Master of Public Health

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Australian Centre for Health Engagement, Evidence and Values (ACHEEV)
The Population Wellbeing and Environment Research Lab
Early Start: Food and Movement
Centre for Health Psychology Practice and Research

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