Charles Darwin University

Master of Public Health/Master of Health Research

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00300K

Combining a Master of Public Health with a Master of Health Research will give greater flexibility and opportunity to your career. This double degree is a strong modern qualification that will enable you to tackle contemporary and future population health issues with high level public health and health research skills. It is also an alternative pathway to Higher Degrees by Research. This double degree will equip students with the tools to investigate, critique and respond to real world population health problems in local and global contexts, as well as advanced knowledge and skills in health research design and evidence-based practice. Unique features of the course include learning from acclaimed Menzies School of Health Research professionals in the specialist areas of Indigenous health, global health, public health practice and health research. Our students study: epidemiology; biostatistics; quantitative and qualitative research methods. They learn to analyse and interpret population health information, evaluate and design public health interventions and formulate evidence-based strategies to address complex health and social issues. Our students apply public health approaches to: health promotion; disease control; health systems; health policy; decision making; the environment and the sustainable development goals. Students also consolidate their learning by undertaking a research project supervised by an expert in the field. Our public health and health research graduates have gone on to secure employment in national and international health services and ministries; as well as public health organisations and universities. They have become public health leaders, program planners, analysts, evaluators, health policy officers, professional practitioners and health researchers. This course requires a high level of academic reading and writing. Students who are not confident in their academic literacy skills are encouraged to fully utilise the University's academic support services.


  • The Master of Public Health/Master of Health Research is a two-year double degree. The core units cover the essential knowledge and skills of public health and health research. The choice of specialist electives provides opportunities for students to explore various specialist areas of public health and health research. The research project enables students to plan and implement a substantial research-based project in the public health or health research areas, under the supervision of an experienced researcher. The capstone units enable students to undertake significant pieces of scholarship such as an advocacy strategy and an economic proposal. Delivered externally online with
  • some units are offered with an internal option.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore(8 units)80Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below:Public HealthPHM516 Indigenous HealthPHM552 EpidemiologyPHM559 Health PolicyPHM567 Public HealthHealth ResearchPHM526 Research DesignPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)PHM553 BiostatisticsPHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021) Specialist Electives(4 units)40Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points selected from ANY of the following streams. (Students are advised to choose electives that will build content knowledge in the intended area of research)Public Health StreamPHM523 Health PromotionPHM529 Sexual and Reproductive HealthPHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)PHM592 Global HealthENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy or ENV508 Geographic Information SystemsDEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in ContextPHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)PHM566 Chronic Conditions ControlPHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)Health Research StreamPHM517 Public Health AnthropologyPHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)PHM525 Indigenous Health ResearchPHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable DiseasesResearch(1 - 2 units)40Research units totalling 40 credit points:2 x PHM820 Research Project (Part Time) (20 credit point repeatable unit)Or1 x PHM840 Research Project (Full Time) (40 credit points) Course Total160cp Students who commenced in or after 2013The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award. Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information. 


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Standard entry requirements

Successful completion of a bachelor degree or graduate diploma in a relevant area, such as public health, health science, primary health care, medicine, social science or health promotion.Applicants who have successfully completed a bachelor degree in a non-related area who have successfully completed an honours degree or graduate diploma are also eligible to apply.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $29,520 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
CDU Online International: $29,520 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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