About the course

The Master of Public Health (MPH) will equip students with the tools to investigate, critique, manage and respond to complex health and social issues in inter-cultural, local and global contexts. It offers advanced skills in interpreting health information, including epidemiology, statistical analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methods. Our MPH is structured around the Australian Foundation Competencies for Public Health Graduates. Students will also extend their ability to formulate strategies by evaluating and designing public health interventions, and applying their knowledge of public health practice to health promotion, health systems, health policy and health care decision making.

Studying with Menzies

In addition to the core public health curriculum this course concludes with a meaningful public health research experience. Our students will carry out significant research activities in Indigenous or global health, under the supervision of experienced researchers with Menzies School of Health Research. Menzies has an outstanding research record in clinical and public health research that seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequity for populations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Our students will be exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities designed to increase student understanding of public health responses in Indigenous and global health.

Course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Indigenous Health 

Semester 2

  • Health Policy
  • Biostatistics
  • Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Specialist Public Health Elective*

Year 2

Research Project

*Specialist Public Health Electives available:

  • Health Research Skills
  • Public Health Anthropology
  • Clinical Trials
  • Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
  • Tropical Child Health
  • Indigenous Health Research
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health

Research

Each international student will complete their MPH with a research project at Menzies School of Health Research. Students are supported to produce a research thesis, which may include an article suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal. Menzies research strengths span Indigenous child health and child development, preventable chronic diseases (renal, diabetes, cancer), food security and nutrition, healing and resilience, health services and quality improvement, global and tropical health and emerging infectious diseases. This program offers an academic pathway to a research career.

Graduate outcomes

Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to:

  • reduce inequity in health, promote and improve wellbeing
  • address the social determinants of ill-health
  • identify, monitor and analyse population health trends
  • design, implement and evaluate public health interventions
  • share public health knowledge
  • apply evidenced based approaches to health systems policy, planning and management
  • critically appraise and apply evidenced-based approaches

Career opportunities

Our highly skilled MPH graduates have gone on to secure employment in many national and international health services and government ministries; as well as in international health, development and humanitarian organisations and universities. They have become national public health leaders, program planners, analysts, evaluators, senior health policy officers and practitioners who implement public health interventions. Our MPH students who excelled academically have continued on academic pathways to careers as successful health researchers. 

Entry requirements for international students

An Australian Bachelor Degree, or an equivalent from a university in another country, in a field such as medicine or health science OR An Australian Bachelor Degree or equivalent, in a non-related area of study plus an Honours degree or Graduate Diploma. English Entry Requirements IELTS (Academic): Overall score 6.5 (6.0 per module) PTE (Academic): Overall score 58 (50 in each skills) TOEFLS (iBT): Total score of 79 (21 in writing).

To learn more about Menzies School of Health Research: www.menzies.edu.au

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