Master of Public Health in Australia: Comprehensive Course Guide

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    A master’s program in public health exposes graduates and practitioners to extensive and in-depth knowledge in the field and consolidating their expertise and specialization in this field. Masters of Public Health in Australia spans for a duration of one to three years with a total cost ranging from 30,500 AUD to 100,500 AUD depending on the institution.

    • A bachelors in a relevant field with a minimum 60% average is required for admissions. 
    • Two intake seasons are available for international student admissions. 
    • Top specializations include biostatistics, epidemiology, public health practice, public health economics, etc. 

    Why Study Master of Public Health in Australia?

    • Top 10 Australian universities rank globally amongst the top 150 universities offering masters in public health abroad. 
    • The healthcare and medical industry were among the fastest-growing in Australia in 2017, with job opportunities increasing by 11.1%.
    • The average annual salary for graduates entering the health industry is around 127,000 AUD. (equivalent of 61 Lakhs INR)

    Key Details

    Program Duration 1-3 years (FT)
    Fees Range 30,500 AUD to 100,500 AUD
    Program Resumption Date Start Year Entry: February
    Mid-Year Entry: July
    Top Specialization Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Epidemiology, Health Program Evaluation.
    Top Recruiting Companies World Health Organization, International Research Agencies, National Hospitals
    Job Positions Public Health Analyst, Public Health Consultant, Epidemiologist
    Average Annual Salaries 110,000 AUD

    Masters of Public Health in Australia: Top Universities

    Master of public health is available in some top-ranking universities in Australia. These universities are outlined below according to the world-course ranked by Academic ranking of world universities (ARWU) along with the program, duration of study and program fee.

    ARWU Ranking University Program Offered Program Duration Program Fee (AUD)
    23 University of Melbourne Master of Public Health (MPH) Two Years 100,499
    23 University of Queensland Master of Public Health (MPH) 18 Months 50,136
    35 University of Sydney Master of Public Health (MPH) 18 Months Full Time 73,500
    48 Monash University Master of Public Health (MPH) One – Two Years 40,300 - 80,600
    51-75 University of New South Wales Master of Public Health (MPH) One year (Full time)
    Two years (part-time)
    48,280 – 96,560
    51-75 University of Western Australia Master of Public Health (MPH) 18 Months 58,650
    76-100 Queensland University of Technology Master of Public Health (MPH) Two years (Full time)
    Four years (part-time) *
    31,800 – 127,200
    76-100 Australian National University Master of Public Health (MPH) Two years 96,000
    101-150 Curtin University Master of Public Health (MPH) Two years 72,500
    101-150 Griffith University Master of Public Health (MPH) 12 – 18 Months 30500 – 45,750

    * Applicants with a bachelor degree in a health-related area (such as Behavioural science, psychology, health information management, Medicine (Australian degrees only), Nursing, Nutrition, dietetics, Paramedic science, and Public health) may be eligible for 48 credit points of advanced standing on entry to the course. This will reduce the course duration to 18 months full-time or three years part-time.

    Master of Public Health in Australia: What Is It About?

    Master of public health is mostly a coursework program that spans for about one – three years in full-time study and two to five years in a part-time program. However, the duration of study in an institution like Monash University, etc depends on the entry qualifications. Students entering with a postgraduate qualification spend lesser duration than students entering with a bachelor’s degree.

    In most universities in Australia, masters in public health have three components:

    • The core course component which is about six to eight subjects depending on the program structure of the institution
    • The specialist/elective components where students focus on their specialization and develop the skills required to work in their chosen public health field.
    • The capstone subjects which offer the student the opportunity to apply what they have learned across the core subjects and specialization/elective subjects in real-world projects. The experience component may take the form of a research project with an expert in the field, a practice placement with a recognized organization or selective subjects.

    Most international students specialize in one or more of the following key areas are Indigenous Health, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Nutrition, Aging, Primary Care, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Sexual Health, Gender and Women’s Health, Global Health, Health Program Evaluation, Health Economics & Economic Evaluation, Indigenous Health, as well as Health Social Sciences

    Course Curriculum

    The course has a robust curriculum built from the undergraduate course structure to consolidate and build expertise and specialization amongst students. 

    In the first year of study, core courses like Foundations of Public health, Prioritising and Planning in Public Health, Quantitative Research in Public Health, Biostatistics and Epidemiology are offered. 

    Elective courses like the sub-courses of Ageing are also offered. The second-year is usually a progression of the first-year subject plus the introduction of advanced methodology in healthcare practices with research work and work experience.

    Graduates of the master program in public health who wish to further their studies and have successfully completed the institution allocated credit point may apply for entry to the Master of Applied Science (Research) or the Doctor of Philosophy as the case may be.

    Master of Public Health In Australia: Admissions

    Applicants opting to pursue a Master's program in Public Health in Australia must be aware of the following mentioned details. 

    Where to Apply

    Applicants should visit the university's application webpage or the program page on the official website of the institution they wish to apply to. In addition to the official school portal, admission to University of Queens (UQ) and University of Western Australia (UWA) can be processed through Approved UQ Agent and Approved UWA Agent respectively in the applicants country.

    Master of Public Health in Australia: Eligibility 

    The minimum eligibility requirements for studying at some of the top ranking public health universities of Australia are as follows:

    University UG Degree Requirements TOEFL IELTS
    University of Melbourne 60% 58-64 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
    University of Queensland UG in relevant field 87 with no section less than 19. 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
    University of Sydney UG degree in relevant field 85 with no section less than 19. 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
    Monash University 60% 79, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
    University of New South Wales Relevant degree, 2 years of work experience 90 (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking) 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
    University of Western Australia 60% in relevant degree 82 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5)
    Queensland University of Technology 65% 90 (min. 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 16 in reading, and listening) 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0
    Australian National University 63% 100 with a minimum of 27 in Writing, 24 in Reading and Listening, and 23 in Speaking 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5)
    Curtin University Relevant degree 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 13 in Reading and Listening, and 18 in Speaking 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
    Griffith University Relevant degree 79 (no sub-score less than 19) 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)

    The application fee is required (the amount varies) by some courses and universities but not all universities in Australia charge a fee for the application. Some universities require advance payment before the commencement of school.

    Documents Required

    Along with your applications you are required to submit the following documents:

    • Transcripts – Transcripts showing full details of subjects and grades offered in the previous institution(s) are required.
    • Photocopies – Photocopies of all official certificates.
    • Certified copies of evidence of course completion if not included on the Transcript
    • One – Three Reference or Recommendation letter(s)
    • A Curriculum Vitae
    • Evidence of English Language proficiency (if applicable)
    • Course-specific required documents
    • A copy of the passport or photo page of the passport.
    • Financial Statements (not necessary)
    • Statement of purpose

    Admission Decisions

    The applications for all the universities listed above are always carefully reviewed and decisions are mostly released two to twelve weeks on average. Where relevant, admission is usually awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements. 

    Masters of Public Health in Australia: Cost of Study

    International master’s applicants interested in pursuing a master's program in Public Health in Australia must have sufficient funding which is distributed into three categories- the pre-arrival cost, the cost of study and the cost of living. It costs an average of 9,000 AUD to 58,000 AUD to study a master's program in Public Health in Australia.

    Pre-arrival Cost

    The table highlights the pre-arrival cost for international students.

    Type of Expense Amount (AUD)
    Program Application Fee 50 – 150
    Visa Application Fee 620
    Health Insurance 609 – 938
    IELTS fee 355
    TOEFL fee 240
    Airfare 545 – 1,800

    Note: These values given are just average and estimated value. Some universities do not charge any amount for application.

    Masters in Public Health in Australia: Tuition Fees

    Given below is an image comparing the tuition fees for some of the top universities offering the program:

    Annual Tuition (AUD) by University in Australia

    Other Expenses for Studying Masters in Public Health in Australia

    The table below highlights the cost of living in Australia. This includes the average of minimum expenses of food, clothing, entertainment, cost of accommodation and transportation required for pursuing a master of public health in Australia.

    Type of Expenses Amount (AUD) per Annum
    Hostel and Guesthouse 4,360 – 46,500
    Share Rentals 4,900 – 36,500
    On-Campus 5,720 – 37,500
    Homestay 12,220 – 36,500
    Groceries and Eating Out 5,230 – 15,600
    Public Transport 520 – 8,320
    Entertainment 840 – 7,800

    Masters of Public Health in Australia with Scholarships

    The table below shows some available scholarships for international students in Australia pursuing a Master's program in Public Health.

    Scholarships Amount Offered (AUD) University
    Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions 20,000 – 160,000 University of Melbourne
    Oei Family Scholarship 5,000 University of Queensland
    The Harvey Sutton Public Health Scholarship 10,000 University of Sydney
    Monash International Merit Scholarship 10,000 Monash University
    Australia's Global University Award 5,000 – 10,000 University of New South Wales
    Australian Development Scholarship 25,000 University of Western Australia
    Faculty of Health International Merit Scholarship 25% of Tuition Fee Queensland University of Technology [
    Fulbright Scholarships 40,000 Australian National University
    Meng Fei Innovative Future leader scholarship Tuition Fee is waived off Curtin University
    Global Study Award 10,000 Griffith University

    Master of Public Health in Australia: Scope

    The Master program in Public Health produces industry trained graduates who go onto a varied range of career pathways. International students can decide to work anywhere he/she finds a suitable work, depending on their area of focus. 

    In a recent survey conducted by the alumni network of Melbourne University, it was discovered that the most common type of organization to be employed in post-graduation were (highest to lowest) are:

    • Non-Government Organizations. Examples are international health agencies (either based in Australia or overseas) and large and small local disease-specific agencies, research institutes, etc.
    • Government affiliated organizations, such as hospitals, primary health care organization, large international health organizations;
    • Government (Local, State, and Federal);
    • Universities and Research Institutions;
    • Private companies, usually based in Australia. These can be the larger consulting firms, smaller health-focused consulting firms, health communication companies or the pharmaceutical industry.

    The job role obtained by master’s in public health degree holders varies due to the versatile nature of the program. Some job titles in this field are listed in the table below together with the average annual salary.

    Job Title Average Annual Salary
    Public Health Specialist 87,700
    Public Health Consultant 102,000
    Health Coordinator 68,400
    Health Promotion, Planning and Evaluation Officer 125,000
    Epidemiologist 147,000
    Quality Advisor 115,000
    Public Health Analyst 98,300
    Healthcare Data Analyst 96,100
    Program Officer/Manager/Coordinator 83,700
    medical and health services manager 112,000

    Some examples of organizations that employ health workers and undertake public health work are Hospitals, Community Health Services, World Health Organisation, Universities, Health Research Institute, Consulting firms (PwC Australia; Deloitte Access Economics), Center for Disease Control, Family Planning and Sexual Health Centre, The Cancer Council, Department of Health (State government), Department of Health (Commonwealth government), Local Government, etc.

    This program will benefit health professionals interested in moving into the public health area; mid-career health professionals seeking advancement in their area of work and clinicians wishing to broaden their range of expertise and/or move into management.