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
Total credit points required72
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone: 1300 176 443; email

Course coordinator

Professor Just Stoelwinder


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • This course is taught entirely online.


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.

This course is flexible by design with units taught online.


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

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that 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
  • access and understand the origin, availability and optimal use of major data and information resources to describe and analyse the health of populations
  • 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 major public health issues
  • describe the fundamentals of a health care system
  • demonstrate an understanding of global public health issues
  • assess the influence and risk of environmental and occupational factors on health
  • effectively communicate using a variety of media
  • advise on the public health management and control of infectious diseases
  • advise on the determinants and public health management of chronic disease and lifestyle factors
  • describe key socio-demographic trends and major public health determinants and inequalities
  • develop public health policy to reduce the impact of health problems within the community
  • design, develop and manage health promotion and disease prevention strategies to reduce the impact of health problems within the community
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of establish effective partnerships and multi-sectoral action to achieve improved public health outcome
  • conduct an evaluation of public health programs develop and apply skills in a public health management and/or leadership role.


Assessment includes web-based tasks, written exercises, assignments and examinations.


This course consists of twelve core units.


Students must complete:

  • MPH5301 Health systems and policy
  • MPH5302 Biostatistics: concepts and applications
  • MPH5303 Epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • MPH5304 Leading and managing in public health and health care
  • MPH5305 Epidemiology: concepts and applications
  • MPH5306 Evaluation in public health
  • MPH5307 Introduction to health law principles
  • MPH5308 Developing health systems
  • MPH5309 Occupational health and safety
  • MPH5310 Environmental influences on health
  • MPH5313 Challenges in public health
  • MPHxxxx Epidemiology of chronic disease


Master of Public Health