Warning! This course has undergone a Major Change.

Warning! This course has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in units.

Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree students will be able to:

  1. analyse and apply health promotion concepts to enhance the health and wellbeing of groups and populations.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of health, illness and wellbeing using a determinants of health framework.
  3. think creatively, critically and reflectively to generate innovative solutions to promote health and locate, evaluate and synthesise relevant information to translate solutions into sustainable health promotion.
  4. communicate effectively with community members to promote health, using a variety of media.
  5. promote health promotion research to professionals and the community using new and existing technologies for analysis and communication.
  6. demonstrate an advanced level of independent and selfdirected learning to enhance individual and collective professional development in the field of health promotion.
  7. critically assess and incorporate relevant international perspectives into health promotion practice.
  8. demonstrate an advanced understanding and respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity.
  9. work independently as a researcher and practitioner; function effectively as a member of a team; collect and manage information ethically and apply ethical reasoning to health promotion issues and practice.

Employers can include the National Heart Foundation, Asthma Foundation, WA AIDS Council, Cancer Council, the Department of Health, local government, primary healthcare and many more. Some graduates go on to work internationally and you can structure your studies to reflect this interest.

Professional recognition

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

Higher education

Academic entrance requirements

A relevant bachelor degree plus two years of subsequent work experience, which is assessed on the basis of job description, level of seniority and responsibility, work-based referee report, publications or other written reports, and short courses or conference attendance.

Work and Life

Professional work experience

A relevant bachelor degree plus two years of relevant post-bachelor degree work experience. Work experience is assessed on the basis of the following - level of seniority and responsibility, job description, work-based referee report, publications or other written reports, short courses or conference attendance.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results.

Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

Please Note: This degree is not taking further applications as it will be withdrawn in 2020. Students working towards this degree should complete all required subjects by Session 2, 2020.

The Master of Health Promotion has been developed to further knowledge and increase skills in the major principles pertaining to health promotion. Current issues in optimising health and the prevention of disease are addressed, research skills are developed, and planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs in various settings are practiced. Other skills developed by Curtin health promotion students include project planning, the use of media and advocacy, and communication. Research skills are also fostered throughout the degree. The degree has been designed to suit the needs of students wishing to pursue careers in health promotion, public health, community development, program delivery, research and evaluation. The degree assists in career development and is aimed at producing, or enhancing the careers of, health professionals. The degree prepares students for new or further career opportunities in a range of private and public, domestic and international settings.

Recommended Study Pattern

The Master of Health Promotion requires the completion of eleven (11) subjects as set out below:

Eight (8) core subjects:

  • MPH401 Health Research Methods
  • MPH406 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • MPH510 Health Promotion Methods
  • MPH515 Health Promotion Partnerships, Politics and Power
  • MPH522 Introduction to Health Promotion
  • MPH580 Principles, Practice and Evidence in Health Promotion
  • MPH590 Contemporary Practice in Health Promotion
  • MPH600 Research Project (0.25 eftsl)

Three (3) elective subjects to be selected from:

  • MPH404 Foundations of Public Health
  • MPH517 Health Promotion in Challenging Contexts
  • MPH518 Professional Practice in Public Health

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Master of Health Promotion students must complete 11 subjects.

2017 Changes

The following units have been removed:

  • MPH402 Concepts in Health Promotion Planning
  • MPH513 Evaluation of Health Promotion
  • MPH511 Media Impact on Public Health

The following units have been added:

  • MPH585 Public Health Special Topics (new unit)
  • MPH580 Principles, Practice and Evidence in Health Promotion (new unit)
  • MPH590 Contemporary Practice in Health Promotion (new unit)
  • MPH522 Introduction to Health Promotion

Students who had completed the units that have been removed from the courses, prior to 2017, will be given credit towards the completion of their courses.

Curtin University will provide updated study plans to current students. Students who are in the old version of the course don't need to complete MPH522 Introduction to Health Promotion.

If you need further advice with the new course structure, please contact PHealthStudentSupport@curtin.edu.au.