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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Associate Professor Dragan Ilic

Contact details

Telephone: 1300 176 443


Admission and fees

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Course type

Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

2 years PT

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.

Mode and location

This course is taught online.


Master of Public Health


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.


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 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
  • 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.

Professional recognition

This course fulfils the core discipline requirements of a Master of Public Health for the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.


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 Introduction to environmental health
  • MPH5313 Challenges in public health
  • MPH5314 Epidemiology of chronic disease