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Master of Public Health


Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Admission Requirement:
Cross Disciplinary Studies specialisation:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in a relevant field
Professional Practice specialisation:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in a relevant field
• GPA of 5.00 (out of 7.00)
Research specialisation
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in a relevant field
• GPA of 5.50 (out of 7.00)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.5 in Writing and Reading and minimum of 6.0 in each of the remaining bands, 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)
Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics (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)
8 cp from
Research Methods in Anthropology (4)
Development Theory and Practice (4)
Culture, Health and Disease (4)
Anthropology of Human Rights and Intervention (4)
Indigenous Interests and Identities (4)
Global Health (4)
Health and Sexuality in the Developing World (4)
Leadership and Management (4)
Strategic Management (4)
Bioethics and Biotechnology (4)
Economic Development (4)
Leadership for Learning (4)
Air and Water Quality (4)
Environmental Economics (4)
Environmental Health (4)
Sustainable Development: Introductory Principles and Practices (4)
Engaging Society with Sustainable Development (4)
Research Methods for Sustainable Development (4)
Pollution Control and Waste Management (4)
Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation (4)
Sustainable Urban Regions (4)
Environmental Communication (4)
Health Policy (4)
Developing Social Policy (4)
Activism and Policy Design (4)
Qualitative Methods (4)
Social Care and Human Services (4)
Epidemiological Methods (4)
HSYP units at 800 or 900 level
1 specialisation
Please note that the Professional Practice specialisation is only available for students studying in full-time study mode.
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.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see

2018 Unit Information

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