Public Health - M6024

Public Health

Expert master degree

Highly regarded in industry and academia, this course develops outstanding graduates who contribute to improving public health on a national and global scale.

You’ll be taught by Victoria’s leading public health professionals, hospital clinicians and global health experts. With strong links to The Alfred hospital, part of your learning will take place in the Alfred Research Alliance precinct in the heart of Melbourne. Delivered through a combination of online and block-mode teaching, our Master of Public Health provides the quality and recognition of a Monash graduate degree with the flexibility required by working professionals.

You can customise your studies to reflect your career interests by choosing electives in clinical research methods, epidemiology and biostatistics, disease and injury prevention and control and health promotion, global health and human rights, health economics, health policy, planning and management, and occupational and environmental 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
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Multi-modal at Clayton: 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.

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)
Master of Public Health, Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), Master of Public Health (Global Health), Master of Public Health (Health Economics), Master of Public Health (Health Policy), Master of Public Health (Health Promotion), Master of Public Health (Research)
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:


This stream provides a strong grounding in epidemiological, analytical and critical appraisal skills used in clinical and applied research. The epidemiology of both non-communicable and communicable diseases will be covered, as well as skills in the collection and analyses of data. Essential for a career in epidemiology, this stream provides you with the knowledge and skills to plan and evaluate strategies to prevent and manage illness across populations. The qualification will boost your opportunities to work in university or government departments of health. Graduates with strong epidemiological skills are also sought in non-government organisations and pharmaceutical companies.

Health promotion

This stream focuses on preventing illness and promoting health and well-being. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the determinants of health in populations and of a range of strategies to maintain this, encompassing both individual and community-based approaches. Learn how to inspire people to take action about their own health and create physical, social economic environments that are supportive and encourage good health. Graduates of this stream will be well placed to work in health promotion units in government, non-government organisations (such as the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council and Diabetes Australia) and health insurance companies.

Health policy

This stream provides you with a comprehensive and practical understanding of health systems and the development of health policies in Australia and elsewhere, affording insight into the function of government departments of health. The focus will be on understanding and designing improvements to the key elements of healthcare delivery, including access to services, quality of health outcomes and cost-effectiveness. Learn to strategise and lead the improvement of healthcare delivery, and be prepared to address system level issues in healthcare delivery, either within government policy departments or through local health system leadership. This stream will also teach you strong skills in translating evidence into policy and practice.

Health economics

In this stream, you will gain an understanding of healthcare finance, health program evaluation and health technology assessment. In the context of currently rising demand for healthcare and increasingly limited budgets, you will develop decision making skills for evaluating the tradeoffs among quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare services, including evaluating the impact of changes in care on individual- and population-level health and financial well-being. Health economists play a key role in resource allocation decisions in health delivery and regulation. Health economic skills are currently in high demand and graduates of this stream can foresee a career in health economics departments in universities government and industry.

Global health

This stream provides a broad overview into public health issues and healthcare needs in low- and middle-income countries. It will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of health promotion and healthcare systems and the implementation of prevention strategies for communicable and non-communicable diseases in resource-limited settings. Graduates with these skills are well placed to work on research or health projects around the world, but especially in developing countries. The global health stream will prepare graduates to work in government, global health advocacy organisations, aid organisations and research institutes that engage in global health work.

Public health

The public health stream will provide you with a dexterity in quantitative and qualitative methods needed to solve complex health problems as well as the theoretical concepts which underpin the achievement of equitable public health in society. You can expect to acquire skills essential to the practice of public health in both developed and developing world setting. You will gain leadership skills which will allow the development of collaborative strategies for understanding today’s interrelated public health challenges in all settings.


You’ll work on a real-world case study or research project under the guidance of one of our expert academics. Develop your research skills and apply your new knowledge to improve health practice and outcomes. This specialisation can be used as a pathway towards a PhD.

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 1:
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time (96 points to complete)  

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a non-cognate discipline with at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60% or an equivalent GPA as determined by the Faculty, or qualification/experience or satisfactory substitute that the faculty considers to be equivalent.

Entry Level 2:
Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time (72 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with a research Honours, or a medical degree or a Monash University Bachelor of Public Health or Public Health Science or a Monash University Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree with 36 credit points of specified public health units (refer to additional requirements); with at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60% or an equivalent GPA as determined by the Faculty


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline with at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60% or an equivalent GPA as determined by the Faculty and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.

Entry Level 3:
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time  (48 points to complete)  

An Australian Master of Philosophy or PhD or doctoral degree or AQF level 9 qualifications (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience


Part 1 of a specialist medical training program or current Fellowship of a specialist medical college recognised by the Medical Board of Australia


current registration with AHPRA or a satisfactory substitute that the Faculty considers to be equivalent

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Specified Public Health Units from the Monash Bachelor of Biomedical Science (36 points):

HSC2300 or PBH2003
PBH2004, PBH2005, PBH2006 or PBH2008
Two units from: PBH3001, PBH3002, PBH3003, PBH3004, PBH3005
PBH3009 or PBH3010
PBH3011 or PBH3012

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.

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.

Fee information specific to this course

Ausstudy (Domestic students only)

Domestic students in this course may apply for Austudy payments fromCentrelink / the Department of Human Services. See the Austudy site for details.

*Additional eligibility criteria apply.


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 costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.