Degree details

Students may choose to complete their MPH with specialisation through:

  • a Research Pathway (undertaking additional research training and completion of a minor thesis) or;
  • a Capstone Pathway (involving a capstone experience, such as a practice-based project).

A wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates of Master of Public Health (MPH) programs in Australia. According to a recent public health workforce study, these opportunities are typically within the public or not-for-profit sector; however, one-quarter of MPH graduates are employed in the private sector.

Approximately half of all MPH graduates are employed within the health sector, with others finding opportunities within education, government and services sectors.

Managerial, analytical and program/project-based roles are common destinations for MPH graduates. For many health practitioners, particularly medical practitioners or registered nurses, an MPH degree expands their career opportunities within their existing field (e.g. different roles or modes of practice).

Higher education

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor degree (or higher) in health or related discipline; AND
  • Either:
    • A minimum grade point average of 5.5 (on the ACU seven point scale) in the health degree in point 1, and a letter demonstrating commitment to public health to the satisfaction of the course coordinator; OR
    • Have successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Public Health

Work and Life

In addition to a bachelor degree (or higher) in health or a related discipline, applicants may apply using the following for entry:

  • A minimum of two years professional experience in health (or related field), including honours or other postgraduate study in health; OR
  • Suitable practical experience in public health, global health or humanitarian assistance to the satisfaction of the course coordinator.

ACU’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program equips graduates with specialised knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve and advance population health and well-being. ACU’s MPH prepares graduates to practice with a community, national or global focus, and with an ethical, social justice perspective.

The Master of Public Health allows students to develop advanced and specialised knowledge across the discipline of public health, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, rigorous intellectual inquiry, innovation and thought leadership, and effective communication and advocacy skills.

The curriculum within this degree was designed around the foundation competencies for MPH graduates in Australia and the requirements of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (for medical practitioners specialising in public health). Other international competency and practice standards and competency frameworks have also informed ACU’s curriculum design.

A uniquely ACU specialisation, Global Health & Advocacy, is available to MPH students. Global health is an increasingly important area for public health practitioners, and the ACU specialisation couples knowledge of global health, sustainable development, food security and humanitarian assistance with skills in advocacy. This specialisation aims to equip students with the ability to not only implement change, but to influence change in the first place through advocacy.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Master of Public Health (Global Health & Advocacy), a student must complete 160 cp from the schedule of subject offerings comprising of:

  • 80 cp Public Health subjects; AND
  • 80 cp Specialisation subjects, consisting of either:
    • 80 cp Research Pathway subjects;
    • 60 cp Project Pathway subjects and 20 cp elective subjects