Public Health - M6024

Public Health

Expert master degree

The Monash Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised passport for careers in government, industry, aid organisations and throughout the health sector; now offering three entry pathways to accommodate for a range of experience and academic levels.

This top choice for public health training is offered by the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, providing the full range of quantitative, analytical, practical and communication skills necessary to work and provide leadership in the broad domain of public health, locally and globally.

Taught by Victoria’s leading public health professionals and with strong links to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, the Master of Public Health is highly regarded in both industry and academia, with a reputation for excellence in teaching and outstanding graduates.

Study with us to extend your knowledge and skills, and propel your career in public health.

To guide students in developing their elective study program, with depth for career development and interests, electives are broadly organised into the key areas of expertise of:

Epidemiology and biostatistics; clinical research methods; health economics; disease/injury prevention and control and health promotion; health policy, planning and management; global health and human rights; occupational and environmental health; and capstone unit/research projects/case study.

The MPH course offers students the opportunity to integrate and extend their knowledge and skills gained in their MPH through a Capstone experience, as a Professional Practice Development unit.  There is also the opportunity for students to undertake a research project or case study (consultation with the course research project coordinator is required prior to enrolment in research units).

The course structure and flexibility assists students to extend, integrate and apply their core knowledge and skills with depth in key areas of interest according to their background and career development interests, something that employers have identified as important, and to gain knowledge and skills in new areas across the broad domain of public health to equip them for future challenges.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Alfred Hospital: Full time & part time
  • Multi-modal at Alfred Hospital: Full time & part time

IMPORTANT:   This course is only available to international students in ‘on-campus’ mode.  Please note that ‘on-campus’ mode comprises a mix of online learning and on-site teaching.

For most units, the majority of contact hours are facilitated through the University’s online learning platform, with additional face-to-face contact during designated study days at Public Health & Preventive Medicine at the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) in Melbourne.

Duration Depending on prior qualifications, this course can be completed in 1, 1.5 or 2 years (full time)
Start date Semester One (February), Semester Two (July)
Qualification Master of Public Health
Alternative exits
Course Handbook

Public health skills and knowledge are fundamental to addressing many of the 21st century's complex health problems and the global burden of disease; on populations, individuals, communities and the economy.

Our program offers you flexibility, with a dynamic range of highly relevant unit choices, in key areas of expertise that include:

  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Clinical research methods
  • Health economics
  • Disease/injury prevention and control and health promotion
  • Health policy, planning and management
  • Global health and human rights
  • Occupational and environmental health

By undertaking a Monash University Master of Public Health, you will be studying at a Group of Eight University and one that is ranked in the Top 100 Universities worldwide. This means high calibre teaching staff who are experts in their fields, access to pioneering research and cutting-edge facilities.

Teaching is structured as a combination of face to face, including block days, teaching and on-line educational delivery, to suit working professionals or with other responsibilities. There are also specified exit points for both a Graduate Certificate and a Graduate Diploma in Public health if you  meet  the requirements.

Career opportunities

The Monash Master of Public Health is an optimum foundation for career development and for senior roles in public health and the health system.  Graduates may develop and move into careers as diverse as public health or clinical research, government or non-government organisations, public  sector  management, international health, policy, health promotion, and health care.

The Master of Public Health also fulfils the core discipline requirements of a Master of Public Health for the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Reshaping communities

See how PhD candidates Alexandra and Sarah are looking to improve poverty and illness in vulnerable populations through their research.

“I got to hear firsthand from industry experts and network with them. The huge variety the course offered gave me the skills and confidence to think laterally, and gain up-to-date knowledge of the pressures on health systems in an array of contexts." Frances, Head of Health Service Planning, TAHPI

Study public health at AMREP

Our Master of Public Health is taught from the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP), in the heart of Melbourne. 

Discover how studying at AMREP gives you the best opportunity to make a difference in health.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Depending upon your prior qualifications and experience you will be eligible for entry credit which reduces the duration.

Entry Level Eligibility (in equivalent Australian qualification terms)1 Duration2
Entry Level 1 Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant3 or non-related discipline with at least 60% weighted average mark (WAM) or equivalent GPA 2 years
Entry Level 2 Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a public health or health-related discipline with a research Honours or A medical degree         


A Monash University Bachelor of Public Health Science or a Monash University Bachelor of Public Health degree or a Monash University Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree with the following specified public health units:

Choose 1 of: HSC2300 or PBH2003;
Choose 1 of: PBH2004, PBH2005, PBH2006  or PBH2008;
Choose 2 of: PBH3001, PBH3002, PBH3003, PBH3004, or PBH3005;
Choose 1 of: PBH3009 or PBH3010;
Choose 1 of: PBH3011 or PBH3012; with at least 60% weighted average mark (WAM) or equivalent GPA


Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline3 with at least 60% weighted average mark (WAM) or equivalent GPA + a minimum of two years of relevant work experience4

1.5 years
Entry Level 3 A Master of Philosophy or PhD or Doctoral degree or AQF level 9 qualifications in a public health or health related discipline + a minimum of two years of relevant work experience


An Australian Bachelor’s degree in a public health or health related discipline + a minimum of two years of relevant work experience AND Part 1 of a specialist medical training program or current Fellowship of a specialist medical college recognised by the Medical Board of Australia AND Current registration with AHPRA or a satisfactory substitute considered to be equivalent.

1 year

1. Selection is based on previous academic achievement.
2. Even if you are eligible for entry credit you do not need to take it. You may apply for and complete the longer duration.
3. Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline includes – medical, nursing, allied health, other health related degree eg chiropractic, psychology, public health, environmental health, paramedic, imaging (radiology, nuclear medicine), biomedical engineering, dietetics/nutrition, pharmacy, social work, medical science/biomedical science/immunology, health science, laboratory science, science, and health economics; or in a non-related discipline, e.g. education, law, media, IT, journalism, communications, arts.
4. Relevant work experience includes work experience relevant to the person’s undergraduate or higher degree, in professional practice, in a related field, or that demonstrates application / work experience gained in a relevant field even if the Bachelor’s degree was not in a related discipline.  Relevant work experience includes in the health industry (eg Government, policy, provider eg hospital, clinic), non government organisation (NGO), academic or research institution, consulting, pharmaceutical company etc. The Statement of Purpose can also explain career progression and interests.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Note: Please make sure you read the extra requirements before you apply.

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6024

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6024

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Alternative exits

You may be eligible to exit your course early and apply to graduate with one of the following qualifications, provided you have met the requirements for the qualification during your enrolment in the Masters course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health: you’ll need to complete a total of 24 credit points (6 months full time study), with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above.
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health: you’ll need to complete a total of 48 credit points (1 year full time study), with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.

If you decide to graduate early, you will need to discontinue from the Masters course. You may be eligible to receive credit for the units you have completed if you re-apply and are re-admitted to this course or apply for another graduate degree at Monash University.