Australian Catholic University

Master of Public Health

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Master of Public Health 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 course enables 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 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.Students may choose to complete their Maste 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). Elective units and a specialisation option are also available.


160 credit points.


  • Public health

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have:a Bachelor degree (or higher) or equivalent
  • Orsuccessfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Public Health
  • AndEither: A grade point average of at least 4.2 on the ACU 7 point scale in a Bachelor degree
  • OrA minimum of two years professional experience in health (or related field), including Honours or other postgraduate study in health
  • OrSuitable practical experience in public health, global health or humanitarian assistance to the satisfaction of the course coordinator.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Study pathways

Master of Public Health graduates may be able to progress to a higher degree by research (eg Doctor of Philosophy). Students interested in doing so are encouraged to complete their Master of Public Health via the Research Pathway.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $48,208 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Further information

A wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates of Master of Public Health 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 Master of Public Health graduates are employed in the private sector. Approximately half of all Master of Public Health 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 Master of Public Health graduates. For many health practitioners, particularly medical practitioners or registered nurses, an Master of Public Health degree expands their career opportunities within their existing field (eg different roles or modes of practice).

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