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Master of Public Health


Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Admission Requirement:
Admission requirements vary depending on the specialisation chosen. Please refer to the relevant specialisation.
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 2 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 64
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 64
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Foundations of Public Health (4)
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (4)
Biological, Environmental, Social and Behavioural Determinants of Health (4)
Health Law, Economics and Policy (4)
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (4)
Systems Science in Healthcare (4)
Innovation in Leadership, Teamwork and Advocacy (4)
Health Systems and Populations Capstone (4)
Advanced Research Methodologies in Health (4)
1 specialisation
Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 090596K, 092682G (Research)
Overview and Aims of the Program The Master of Public Health at Macquarie University provides students with a unique opportunity to gain valuable skills and training in the field of public health. Committed to practice, research and teaching our goal is to train and equip scholars and practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent disease, promote health, and address health related issues in our globalised world.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates of the Macquarie MPH are equipped to work in government, non-governmental organisations, business, public health clinical or community settings, multilateral aid organisations, or other groups concerned with health, human rights, indigenous issues, environmental health, health leadership, and/or development.

Graduates move into a variety of jobs in a variety of sectors, and may focus upon improving people’s health; protecting people’s health; working with information; teaching and researching; maintaining and raising standards; leadership, planning and management or a variety of such things. Examples of titles held by MPH graduates include (but are not limited to) Public Health Specialist; Head of Public Health Intelligence; Health Partnership Programme Manager; Health Promotion Campaign Manager; Epidemiologist; Health Data Analyst; Project Coordinator; Public Health Advisor; Health Protection Specialist; Public Health Screening Coordinator; Vascular Prevention Programme Coordinator; Health Improvement Practitioner; Public Health Specialist; and Lecturer in Public Health .

Other MPH graduates go on to do further research and/or study, for example continuing into doctoral studies with particular research or professional training focus.

The demand for qualified individuals is increasing, as the ageing public health workforce is retiring, and demand for public health leaders and innovators grows. The Macquarie MPH will equip graduates with knowledge and skills to move into public health practice and/or research with confidence.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148