About the Master of Public Health at UNSW 

The UNSW Master of Public Health is a 1 year full-time (2 years part-time) postgraduate degree delivered by the School of Population Health.

Graduates of the Master of Public Health at UNSW are recognised as leaders in disease prevention and control, program and policy formulation, implementation and evaluation, health promotion, population health research and management of health programs. Many occupy key positions in health departments, population health units, universities and non-government organisations in Australia, the Western Pacific and Asian regions.

The Master of Public Health degree prepares you for careers that involve addressing the health challenges of populations. Graduates occupy key positions in health departments, population health units, universities and non-government organisations tasked with improving collective health.

You’ll have an advanced and integrated understanding of public health practice and be trained to identify, understand, prevent and contain disease in populations, and to identify and address population health inequities. Graduates are equipped with core skills to address the challenges of the social determinants of health, including;  

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics  
  • Health promotion
  • Health policy planning and management.

You’ll also be able to take part in research projects and internship options.

This degree also builds on areas of interest for specialists already working in public health.   

The Master of Public Health welcomes students from a wide range of backgrounds. You may be new to public health or you may be working in a related field and want to upskill professionally.   

You may be; 

  • A health professional keen to expand your capacities to act on patterns of disease affecting populations 
  • Working in social work or health promotion and aiming to broaden your expertise in addressing the social determinants of health 
  • A policy analyst who wants to develop your expertise in evaluating the qualitative and quantitative methods used in epidemiological research 
  • Working in health promotion and aiming to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the principles of infectious disease control. 

You can choose to graduate with a broad Master of Public Health, or with one of the following 10 optional specialisations; 

  • Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing 
  • Ageing and Health 
  • Epidemiology  
  • Health Economic Evaluation 
  • Health Promotion 
  • Infectious Diseases Control 
  • International Health  
  • Primary Health Care 
  • Public Security 
  • Social Research. 

The Master of Public Health provides flexible learning options so that you can complete the degree according to your needs and commitments. The degree can be completed either face-to-face by attending the UNSW campus, or entirely online, using digital teaching technologies, meaning that you can complete this degree from anywhere in the world without attending on campus.

You can also undertake the Master of Public Health full-time or part-time.

A number of double degree and extension combinations are available with this degree if you want to broaden your study.

For a double degree (Duration 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time) you can combine the Master of Public Health with a;

  • Master of International Public Health
  • Master of Health Management
  • Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence.

If you want to extend your research skills or areas of specialisation, Extension Degrees are available with the (single or double) Master or Public Health at UNSW.

There’s a demand in Australia and globally for professionals with specialised interdisciplinary skills in Public Health. A Master of Public Health can lead you to a career in;

  • Government departments and ministries of health
  • Public Health Networks
  • Local area health services
  • Universities and research institutes
  • International health policy and funding institutions
  • Non-governmental agencies
  • Mental health services
  • Indigenous health organisations

Course code 

Course name 

Units of credit  

 PHCM9041 

 

 Foundations in Public Health & Health Care Systems 

6

 PHCM9498 

 Epidemiology and Statistics & Public Health 

 

 PHCM9012 

 

 Health Promotion & Social Perspectives of Health 

6

 

 

 5 x electives 

30

What Our Students Say 

"My main motivation for enrolment in a Master of Public Health at UNSW was my strong interest in public health, as it unites my love of evidence and evaluation with my desire to create sustainable, meaningful change for the better. I chose to study at the School of Population Health, UNSW in particular because there was a great range of electives to choose from."

- Arlita Willman - Masters of Public Health with specialisation in Health Promotion