Australian Catholic University

Master of Public Health (Global Health and Advocacy)

Australian Catholic University

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

ACU's 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.A uniquely ACU specialisation, Global health is an increasingly important and active area of work for public health practitioners. If you are planning to focus on global health, our Master of Public Health program offers a specialisation in global health and advocacy during your second year. The Master of Public Health (Global Health and Advocacy) specialisation will give you the knowledge, skills and experience to practice effectively in the evolving professional landscape of global health.This specialisation features a contemporary curriculum designed around the United Nations' sustainable development goals. In this specialisation, you will extend your core public health knowledge and skills through studying global health, sustainable development, food security, humanitarian assistance and the importance of advocacy in public and global health. By developing advocacy skills, the global health and advocacy specialisation aims to enable graduates to not just implement policies and programs that improve population health, but to actively influence policies and programs and advance population health.Students may choose to complete their Master 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).


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 (MPH) 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 MPH 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 (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 (eg different roles or modes of practice).

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