Master of Public Health - 2018

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Other commencement years for this course: 2017

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Admission and fees


Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

2 years PT

You have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course.

Mode and location

Online (Monash Online)

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 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. apply public health related knowledge and skills to address a range of public health problems
  2. apply epidemiological and biostatistical knowledge and skills in public health practice
  3. access and understand the origin, availability and optimal use of major data and information resources to describe and analyse the health of populations
  4. apply research methods to a variety of public health problems
  5. critically appraise quantitative papers published in the epidemiological and public health literature
  6. discuss the historical, social and political context of major public health issues
  7. describe the fundamentals of a health care system
  8. demonstrate an understanding of global public health issues
  9. assess the influence and risk of environmental and occupational factors on health
  10. effectively communicate using a variety of media
  11. advise on the public health management and control of infectious diseases
  12. advise on the determinants and public health management of chronic disease and lifestyle factors
  13. describe key socio-demographic trends and major public health determinants and inequalities
  14. develop public health policy to reduce the impact of health problems within the community
  15. design, develop and manage health promotion and disease prevention strategies to reduce the impact of health problems within the community
  16. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of establish effective partnerships and multi-sectoral action to achieve improved public health outcome
  17. conduct an evaluation of public health programs
  18. develop and apply skills in a public health management and/or leadership role.

Professional recognition

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


The course adopts an adult learning approach and is structured in 12 units.


The course comprises 72 points. All students complete all units.

Units are 6 credit points, unless otherwise stated.

You must complete:

  • MPH5301 Health systems and policy
  • MPH5302 Biostatistics: Concepts and applications
  • MPH5303 Epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • MPH5304Not offered in 2018 Leading and managing in public health and health care
  • MPH5305Not offered in 2018 Epidemiology: Concepts and applications
  • MPH5306Not offered in 2018 Evaluation in public health
  • MPH5307Not offered in 2018 Introduction to health law principles
  • MPH5308 Developing health systems
  • MPH5309 Occupational health and safety
  • MPH5310Not offered in 2018 Introduction to environmental health
  • MPH5313Not offered in 2018 Challenges in public health
  • MPH5314 Epidemiology of chronic disease