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Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree students will be able to:

  1. apply research based specialised knowledge including recent developments in public health together with applicable research principles and methods
  2. reflect critically on theoretical knowledge, public health scholarship, advocacy and professional practice
  3. investigate, analyse and synthesize complex information and problems that impact directly or indirectly on public health outcomes
  4. interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non specialist audiences
  5. evaluate the applicability of existing and emerging technologies for public health practice
  6. apply knowledge and skills to new situations in the degree of public health practice leading to further learning
  7. critically evaluate the impact of environmental and geographical context, local institutions and culture on public health outcomes
  8. articulate, defend and apply a theoretical understanding of social justice implicit in public health practice
  9. demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability when interacting with diverse individuals, communities and organisations as an advocate/champion of public health.

The qualification Master of Public Health has international recognition in the Health Industry.

Higher education

To be eligible for entry directly into the Master of Public Health applicants need to have completed either:

1. Academic

an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution preferably in in a health science area, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management.


2. Graduate Certificate

One of the following Graduate Certificates with a course weighted average of at least 65:

Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management, Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, Graduate Certificate in Children’s Environmental Health or the Graduate Certificate in International Health.


3. Graduate Diploma

One of the following Graduate Diplomas with a course weighted average of at least 65:

Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management or the Graduate Diploma in International Health.

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.

The Master of Public Health is a multidisciplinary health degree designed for public health practitioners and others wanting to develop skills and knowledge in public health. Students undertake a number of core subjects covering a broad range of public health issues combined with specialist knowledge in one of the following stream: Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Policy and Management; Health Promotion; Public Health. There is a choice of undertaking either a dissertation or a smaller research project combined with further degreework.

Students can enter the degree at one of three levels, the Graduate Certificate in Public Health; the Graduate Diploma in Public Health; or the Master of Public Health. The degree structure is integrated to enable students to move, if accepted into a higher level degree, from the Graduate Certificate level to the Graduate Diploma level and/or to the Master of Public Health.

Recommended Study Pattern

Please note: Students should check for any prerequisites before enrolling in any subjects. There are four groups of subjects that Master of Public Health students must complete:

Core subjects

Students should complete all seven public health core subjects (also available as the Graduate Diploma in Public Health)

Major subjects

Students should select one of the public health majors listed below and complete three major subjects.

Optional Subjects

Students should complete four optional subjects (3 from Master of Public Health optional subjects list and 1 from chosen Stream/Major optional subjects list).

Research subject

Students should complete their studies with MPH600 Research Project (double subject).

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Master of Public Health students must complete 16 subjects or equivalent.

Choose your subjects


 Select one of these Majors:

  • Health Policy and Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Applied Epidemiology & Biostatistics

2018 Changes

The Public Health Stream in the Master of Public Health course has been deactivated. Current students will be able to complete their studies, as all units are available in other streams.

2017 Changes

  • MPH513 Evaluation of Health Promotion and MPH517 Diversity and Difference in Health Promotion have been removed from the Health Promotion stream of the Master of Public Health.
  • MPH511 Media Impact on Public Health and MPH515 Politics and Power in Public Health have been removed from the Optional Units for Master of Public Health stream of the Master of Public Health.
  • MPH511 Media Impact on Public Health had been removed from Optional Units for Health Policy and Management, Optional Units for Health Promotions, and Optional Units for Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics streams of the Master of Public Health.

The following new units have been added:

  • MPH585 Public Health Special Topics
  • MPH580 Principles, Practice and Evidence in Health Promotion
  • MPH590 Contemporary Practice in 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.

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

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