Master of Public Health
Make a difference as a public health practitioner
Protect the community against diseases with a career in the public health sector. Discover how to gather data and conduct essential clinical research. Focus on an area that interests you, like adolescent health, nutrition or epidemiology.
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What you'll learn
At the end of the program, students of the Master of Public Health can:
- Apply cognitive, technical and interpretative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex psychosocial and health issues in authentic situations.
- Apply communication and collaboration skills to design and implement contributions to public health practice and scholarship.
- Demonstrate expert judgement and autonomy when initiating, planning and executing a substantial public health study.
- Reflect critically on a complex body of public health knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of public health practice and scholarship.
Public health graduates may work in health promotion or health services, epidemiology, planning and evaluating nutrition and physical activity programs and support services for people with addiction.
Possible future job titles:
Health Promotion Officer, Project Officer, Health Education Officer, Community Health Lead, Public Health Lead, Research Assistant/Officer
The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.
All applicants are required to have an undergraduate or post graduate degree in any discipline.
English Proficiency Requirements
Students can satisfy English competency requirements by showing any of the following:
• An IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0).
• Completion of a Bachelor degree from a country specified by ECU.
• Completion of 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).
• Equivalent prior learning courses including at least five years relevant professional experience – as accepted by ECU.
• Completion of other tests, courses or programs as accepted by ECU.
Credit for previous study or work
Reduce the time it takes to finish your degree. For eligible students, ECU offers credit and recognition of prior learning (CRPL). There are 2 CRPL options:
- Credit transfer to acknowledge students’ formal learning at uni or TAFE.
- Recognition of students’ informal learning gained outside of the education system (for example workplace experience or volunteer training.)
Public health is a broad field which aims to improve and protect the health and well-being of the general population. As a public health practitioner, you can make a real difference to the lives of local, national and international communities.
Public health practitioners help individuals and communities to have greater control over their health and well-being, and to influence organisational and political environments in ways that lead to better health for all. They work across the lifespan, including the early years, child and adolescent health, and healthy aging to support population health.
We realise that public health is such a broad area, which is why this masters degree offers a variety of elective units to allow you to specialise in an area of interest. You will also work closely with public health industry professionals and complete research projects on current issues in public health, which will help form a personal portfolio of evidence to support your transition into the profession.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, core subjects in this degree can include:
• Evidence-Based Practice
• Public Health: Philosophy, Principles and Practice
• Communicable Disease
Plus there’s a selection of electives to choose from. As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
Students are required to complete 240 credit points.
Students who are unable to complete the course may be able to exit with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Public Health with Course Coordinator approval.