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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 degree 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 degree 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 degrees are taught in English. If your education degrees 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.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

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

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, 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:

Year One

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

Year Two

  • Public Health Capstone Stream (default stream) OR
  • Public Health Research Stream (students will need to be invited to study this stream)

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Master of Public Health students must complete 15 subjects or equivalent.

The new revised degree will remain a 400 credit point degree. Year One of the degree is the same for all students. In Year Two, students will study either of the two new streams, Public Health Capstone Stream (default stream) OR Public Health Research Stream. The Research stream will require a CWA of 70 and students will need to be invited to study this stream. The old degree streams will be phased out and students will be able to complete their relevant degree with no interruption to their studies.

All current students will have their individual study plans updated if required and will be notified accordingly.

For further details or advise, please email postgradpubhlth@curtin.edu.au.

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