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Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPUH)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Ipswich
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan, May


  • Prepare for the emerging healthcare challenges of the 21st century and study a Master of Public Health.
  • Make an impact in local and global communities to address social, cultural, economic, and environmental health issues.
  • Develop your analytical, research, and communication skills and undertake public health practice in the community.
  • The industry placements provide a rich learning experience that will see you ideally positioned to grasp employment opportunities with your own emerging networks of colleagues.
  • Choose between course work only or course work plus research, where you will be able to complete a research project. This option is ideal if you're wanting to pursue further research as you will meet the eligibility requirements for a PhD. 
  • Explore epidemiology, social and behavioural determinants of health, health systems, environmental and physical determinants of health, as well as health promotion.

Further study

Successful completion of the Master of Public Health will qualify you to apply for PhD entry. 

Thinking of studying in 2024? UniSQ will be delivering flexible new ways of teaching, with different calendar offerings, making the balance of study and life easier. Read more in our new academic calendar FAQs.

Career outcomes

  • As a public health specialist, you'll have the unique opportunity to be involved in campaigns that save lives. Graduates gain the necessary skills to address complex health issues and can help shape the future of healthcare in Australia and globally.
  • Employment in public health can come from a wide range of sectors, including government (federal, state and local), non-government health agencies, not-for-profit health agencies, and corporate firms. 
  • Most roles at the graduate-level are project-based and include titles, such as Public Health Officer, Project Manager, Health Promotion Officer, Health & Well-Being Coordinator, or Health Advocate.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Completed a 3-year or 4-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in the area of health with a 4.8 GPA or higher;
  • completed a 3-year or 4-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a different discipline with a 4.8 GPA or higher, and completed 1 year of full-time work experience in a healthcare setting;
  • completed UniSQ's Graduate Certificate of Public Health or Graduate Diploma of Public Health with a 4.8 GPA or higher.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing clinical placements:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check
  • Australian Police Check certificate
  • Resume (CV)
  • UniSQ Student Declaration
  • UniSQ Placement Request Form.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 6
Research courses 6
Placement courses 2
Electives  2
Total 16

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Clinical experience

In addition to the courses to be studied, you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical/professional practice within this degree.

Residential schools

You are required to attend mandatory on-campus residential schools in two courses at UniSQ Ipswich and mandatory online workshops in three courses.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 8948
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 26640

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 20 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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Why pursue a Masters in Public Health?
Public health is a challenging yet rewarding career path with vast employment opportunities. By following your passion with a Master of Public Health in Australia, you’ll use your specialised knowledge and expertise to positively impact people’s lives. If you are passionate about helping others, the Master of Public Health at UniSQ might be for you.
Is a Masters in Public Health worth it?

The tailored skillsets of public healthcare professionals is in demand within Australia and internationally. With a public health qualification, you would contribute to public health strategies and solutions which is essential to keeping our communities healthy and safe.

If you are looking for a career with long-time employment opportunities, public health is an excellent choice. According to the Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association, future demand for health services is anticipated to increase due to aging population, increasing rate of chronic disease and the emergence of models of care that better respond to these needs.

What can you do with a Masters in Public Health in Australia?

As a public health specialist, you’ll have many exciting employment opportunities in both government and private sectors including:

  • aged-care
  • data analysis
  • ethics
  • health advocacy
  • hospitals and clinics
  • non-for profit organisations
  • project management
  • universities and research institutions.
How long does a Master of Public Health take at UniSQ?
To study Master of Public Health in Australia it will take you approximately two years to complete. Some students choose to study part-time which increases the time it takes to complete the required courses.
What are the pathways to entry?

At UniSQ, there is more than one pathway to the degree you are passionate about. We offers several bachelor and graduate diplomas for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements.

Please view the entry requirements section of this page for further information on Master of Public Health pathways.

Why study a master of public health with UniSQ?

Get a strong start to your career with UniSQ’s Master of Public Health in Australia:

  • According to the latest ERA results, UniSQ is well above world standard for our research in public health and health services.
  • With UniSQ’s Public Health degrees choose to complete subject theory online and become industry ready with on-campus residential schools and clinical experience.
  • Do you want to continue your public health studies? You can use your Masters of Public Health postgraduate qualification as a stepping stone into a PhD.
  • We are rated five out of five stars for postgraduate overall student support and teaching quality (Good Universities Guide, 2023).