Master of Public Health

Duration2 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Online and
Next start termTerm 3, 2023
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCL45


In this innovative course, the origins and evolution of public health and the underlying principles of community-based and community-led public health will be explored. The social-ecological model of health forms the basis of the Master of Public Health and you will study complex adaptive systems thinking and how this influences the way we think about public health.

You will have the opportunity to apply these concepts in practical ways in both strengths-based and disease prevention approaches. This will ensure that you apply your learning to real-world situations.

You will have the opportunity to shape this degree to your own needs by selecting from a range of electives. 

Student Life of Fahmida Syed Karishma


I have always been fascinated with the simple yet amazing act of helping ease someone’s pain, alleviate their suffering and bringing a smile to their faces. Hi, my name is Fahmida Syed Karishma and this is my story. I chose to study the Master of Public Health at CQUniversity because I wanted to do something on a global scale.

What attracted me to the Master of Public Health is the course is designed alongside industry and incorporates hands-on, practical learning experiences such as project-based learning and work placements, which is remarkable and holds lot of potential. The pursuit of a satisfying and meaningful career is my ultimate goal and the course is a stepping stone along the path to a future career.

CQUniversity values industry-based learning, has excellent graduate outcomes and offers an outstanding education system for students. When I arrived in Melbourne, I was very excited that I was in another part of the world but at the same time I felt homesick, I missed my family a lot. Here, the lifestyle is fast, and culture and language are different and diverse. It wasn’t so easy for me to adapt but gradually I have understood the culture, found people to be welcoming and friendly, and I feel more stable. I do believe that wherever you go, you can make many friends from all over the world and that is the beauty of this campus. Melbourne is a great place to live. The city offers an awesome art and cultural scene, first rate universities and an easy lifestyle.

CQUniversity has great teaching staff who are very supportive, and they have amazing student support services. You can go there, talk to them and they will help you overcome any issues. My short-term goal, after completing the Master of Public Health is to apply for a work visa in Australia and work in an administrative site within a healthcare organisation to utilise the knowledge I’ve learnt and gain valuable practical experiences that will help me when I return home. I am very passionate about my dreams and I am determined with high ambitions. With this qualification, I can work in a diverse field with a multi-disciplinary approach. I can get into government services as an administrator, project officer in NGOs or step up to become a director of health services. I would say to newcomers or those who have dreams to study abroad, CQUniversity is a great University to choose.

Career Opportunities

The Master of Public Health prepares graduates for work in community-based and community-led health services and organisations including international agencies. You can also work on projects for government and non-government organisations relating to a number of health fields including health promotion and health administration.

Structure & Availability

Course Structure

You are required to complete a total of 16 units, consisting of:
  • 11 core units,
  • two electives (12 credit points) from a range of level 8 units, and
  • three electives (18 credit points) from a range of level 9 units.

Unit Information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit Transfer Information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 3, 2023Melbourne, Sydney
Term 1, 2024Melbourne, Sydney
Term 2, 2024Melbourne, Sydney
Term 3, 2024Melbourne, Sydney

Online Availability

Term 3, 2023Available Online
Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 3, 2024Available Online

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

Public Health Practice in the Cross-Cultural Community - PBHL20010

Work experience in community-based or community-led public health organisation for 120 hours

Health and Wellbeing in the Cross-Cultural Community - PBHL20009

Work experience in community-based or community led public health organisation for 120 hours


Recommended study

It is recommended students have completed a health related degree.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full tie with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grade of C in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Immunisations or specific workplace requirements may be needed for units with workplace or volunteering elements.
A police check or a check related to specific populations (eg Blue Card for children) or other statutory or workplace requirements may be needed for units with workplace or volunteering elements.
You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term FeeA$15,360
International Indicative First Year FeeA$30,720

Please note the following important information:

  • Fees are in Australian dollars (A$).
  • Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.
  • Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.
  • The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.
  • Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.
  • It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.
  • The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).
  • Students not on an Australian student visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.
  • Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.
  • International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

How to apply

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.