School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Head of School: Professor John McNeil

The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is the Faculty's principal source of skills in epidemiology (including clinical epidemiology), biostatistics and large scale clinical data-management. The School emphasises expertise in large epidemiological studies, multicentre clinical trials, clinical registries, evidence synthesis and health social science. Continued collaborative work with the major Monash affiliated hospitals, research institutes and public health units within Victoria, ensures the School provides a key resource underpinning translational research within our Faculty.

Research focus

Our research focuses on prevention of disease and disability through a commitment to education, innovation, leadership, and research. Our principal agendas of healthcare include:

  • chronic disease prevention
  • health promotion
  • increasing the evidence base of healthcare
  • improving quality and safety of healthcare
  • advancing health information technology
  • improving cost-effectiveness
  • prolonging disability free survival amongst the elderly
  • Improving the care of the critically ill and injured
  • reducing adverse health impacts of the environment and the workplace
  • maintaining good research practice, including authorship, collaboration, supervision, research, ethics and agreements


Our teaching includes:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Clinical Research
  • Master of Health Services Management
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Forensic Medicine
  • Master of Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Master of Biostatistics
  • Master of Clinical Medicine
  • PhD, MD, MPhil, MSurgery
  • Bachelor of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences / Master of Public Health acceleration
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons)
  • Summer Vacation Scholarship Program

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