Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMPH
CRICOS code021280B
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Multi-modal (Alfred Hospital)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Helen Kelsall


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • This course is only available to international students in on-campus mode. All students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-campus/on-site study days.


This course, offered by the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, provides the full range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary to work in the broad domain of public health. It also provides skills in the quantitative methods of the population-based health sciences and their problem-solving application for primary care provision within Australia and developing countries. Health specialisation streams are offered in clinical research methods, health economics, disease prevention and health promotion, health services management, international health, occupational and environmental health and research.

This course is flexible by design with units taught in on-campus, online or block mode and allows students to modify their specialisation during their studies.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that,through MPH core units of epidemiology, biostatistics and research methods and depending on the health specialisation stream and elective units undertaken, graduates will be able to:

  • apply public health related knowledge and skills to address a range of public health problems
  • apply epidemiological and biostatistical knowledge and skills in public health practice
  • apply research methods to a variety of public health problems
  • critically appraise quantitative papers published in the epidemiological and public health literature
  • discuss the historical,social and political context of public health in Australian society
  • describe the health care system in Australia
  • demonstrate an understanding of global public health issues
  • assess the influence of environmental and occupational factors on health
  • effectively communicate the risks to health of environmental factors
  • develop public health policy to reduce the impact of health problems within the community
  • design and manage health promotion strategies to reduce the impact of health problems within the community
  • develop planning strategies to reduce the impact of health problems within the community
  • conduct an evaluation of these public health programs
  • describe and apply health economic principles and methods
  • develop and apply skills in a public health management and/or leadership role.


Assessment includes web-based tasks, written exercises, assignments, examinations, presentations, class participation, web-based tasks and supervised research projects (where relevant).


The course consists of three course core units (12 points) and 54 points of elective units which can be completed in one of three ways:

  • with a general specialisation
  • with a research specialisation
  • with a designated specialisation involving core and/or elective units.

Areas of study


Core units

All students must complete:


Clinical epidemiology and clinical research

Core units
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5236 Clinical trials
  • MPH5237 Clinical measurement
  • MPH5239 Meta analysis and systematic reviews
  • MPH5283 Ethics, good research practice and practical research skills
Elective units

Select five from:

* Recommended elective units.

Health economics

This specialisation is not available to international students.

Core units
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • ECC5970 Introduction to health economics
  • ECC5973 Economic evaluation in health care
  • ECC5974 Applied health economics and health policy
Elective units

Select six from:

* Recommended elective units.

Disease prevention and health promotion

Core units
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • HSC5002 Foundations of health promotion and program planning
  • HSC5022 Evaluating public health programs
  • MPH5207 Chronic disease: Epidemiology and prevention
Elective units

Select six from:

* Recommended elective units.

Health services management

Core units
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5266 Clinical leadership and management
  • MPH5267 Principles of health care quality improvement
Elective units

Select seven from:

* Recommended elective units.

International health

Core units
  • MPH5248 Primary health care in developing countries
  • MPH5249 Field methods for international health planning and evaluation
  • MPH5255 Health and human rights
  • MPH5023 Ethical issues in international health and research
Elective units

Select six from:

  • MPH5250 Health of women and children in developing countries
  • MPH5251 Communicable diseases control in developing countries
  • MPH5253 Public health in refugee settings
  • MPH5254 Nutritional issues in developing countries
  • MPH5258 Effective responses to HIV in developing countries
  • MPH5269 Foundations of health policy
  • MPH5282 Health communication and training
  • MPH5287 Alcohol and other drugs in society: A national and global perspective
  • CRH5047 Health ecology and environmental change subject to availability
  • ECC5975 Principles of health economics for developing countries
  • MPH5042 Climate change and public health
  • minor project (7,000 - 8,000 words). Note: Prerequisites required - see 'Research' specialisation
  • any MPH-codedMPH-coded ( postgraduate units

Occupational and environmental health

Core units
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5203 Environmental influences on health
  • MPH5241 Introduction to occupational health and safety
Elective units

Select seven of:

* Recommended elective units.


Students must complete:


Students must have achieved a distinction (70 per cent) - high distinction (80 per cent) in MPH5040 and MPH5041. Consultation with the course coordinator is required prior to enrolment into the research stream.

Recommended: Distinction (70 per cent) in the units MPH5213 or MPH5249.

Students must complete:

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the clinical epidemiology stream, minor or major research project stream and achieve a minimum of a distinction average (70 per cent), may qualify for admission into higher degrees by research including course 3438 Master of Philosophy and 0047 Doctor of Philosophy, among others.


Master of Public Health