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
  • Multi-modal at Alfred Hospital: Full 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 and Planetary 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

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.

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Future careers in public health

Never has the need for public health expertise been as urgent as right now. Our flexible study solutions and collegial environment are perfect to help you launch your career in this exciting and rewarding field.

Where can a degree public health take you?

Want to know what career progression in public health looks like? Watch this 2022 webinar, in which four of our graduates and some of our educators share their personal career stories.

Reshaping communities

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

Meet our students

See how Master of Public Health graduate Sally has applied her learnings to a career in health economics and genomics, culminating in PhD studies with the University of Oxford.

Meet Our Researchers

Looking to make a difference in public health? Meet Professor Karin Leder, an infectious diseases physician exploring the spread of infections across international borders.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


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

Entry Level 1:
96 points to complete
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a non-cognate discipline with at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60% or qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

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

One of the following with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 60%:

  • an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with a research Honours, or
  • a medical degree, or
  • a Monash University Bachelor of Public Health, or
  • a Monash University Bachelor of Public Health Science, Monash University Bachelor of Health Sciences, or Monash University Bachelor of Biomedical Science with 36 credit points of specified public health units (refer to additional requirements);


  • An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline with at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60% and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.

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

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 bachelor 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 equivalent registration approved by the faculty.

English entry requirements

Level A
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Monash University Bachelor of Health Sciences, Monash University Bachelor of Public Health Science, and Monash University Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences requirement for 72CP entry;

36 points as follows:

  1. One of: HSC2300 Health promotion and disease prevention OR PBH2003 Culture, society and health
  2. One of: PBH2004 Health, law and ethics, PBH2005 Health program planning, PBH2006 Treatments and technologies, PBH2008 Introduction to health policy and politics
  3. Two of: PBH3001 Public health and clinical research methods, PBH3002 Disease prevention and control, PBH3003, Environmental determinants of health & disease, PBH3004 Health program evaluation, PBH3005 Social and behavioural sciences in public health
  4. Two of: PBH3009 Chronic disease epidemiology and control, PBH3010 Health data management, PBH3011 Biostatistics for health, PBH3012 Translating research into practice, FOR3001 Principles of Forensic Medicine, BME3032 Introduction to the health system

Course structure

The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Expanding public health knowledge, Part B. Foundations of public health studies and Part C. Advanced application expertise.

Course progression map

The course progression map provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Alternative exits

You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided you have satisfied the requirements for the award during your enrolment in the master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Public Health after successful completion of 24 credit points of study including the requirements for Part B - see handbook.
  • Graduate Diploma of Public Health after successful completion of 48 credit points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above including all the requirements for Part B and an additional 24 credit points from Part A or Part C - see handbook.

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


  • Research is only available Semester one (February)

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.

International fee

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


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.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 094880G