Doctor of Public Health

University of Wollongong

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00102E

The Doctor of Public Health is a professional doctorate degree awarded on completion of an approved program of coursework and a supervised independent and original investigation of a significant problem in public health, presented as a thesis. This degree will prepare you for leadership positions in public health organisations that require advanced analytical or conceptual capabilities. The program comprises of one year of coursework followed by two years of research. Progression to the research component of the degree requires a credit (65%) average in the coursework subjects, the development of a suitable research proposal, and successful completion of a qualifying examination. Your individual coursework programs will be decided in conjunction with your intended research supervisor and the Head of School.


In the first year of this degree, you will study subjects covering social determinants of health, epidemiology and statistics, and health research methodology. In the final two years of study, you will undertake your thesis on either a full-time or part-time basis.


  • Public health

Standard entry requirements

  • - A recognised Master of Public Health degree, or equivalent, with at least a credit average. - A recognised Honours Bachelor degree of at least Class II Division 2 in a relevant discipline, followed by the equivalent of one-year full-time study approved as relevant by the course coordinator. Preferably a student should have two or more years of appropriate professional experience and have demonstrated a potential capacity for leadership in the area of specialisation. Applicants must submit a record of professional experience with the names of two appropriate referees. Special Admission Requirements All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should: commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work
  • Contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course
  • And conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course. Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Wollongong Domestic: $141,120
International: $141,120
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Wollongong.

This course is Student Contribution exempt for domestic students under the Research Training Scheme (RTS).

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