Master of Public Health - CL45

The Master of Public Health is the pinnacle level of study in the CQUniversity suite of postgraduate public health courses. It is an innovative course that will introduce you to the social-ecological model of health. This model which is strongly aligned with contemporary trends and challenges in public health provides the basis of innovative interventions for social change. Unlike other public health courses that traditionally focus on the medical model of health, the Master of Public Health will also incorporate a social perspective of public health skills, knowledge and practice. Very practical in nature and designed with best practice and contemporary health trends in mind, this course will provide the professional development opportunity you need to develop your career in public health.


Online, On Campus




2 years full-time, 8 years part-time


Melbourne, Sydney, Online



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 also have the flexibility of choosing from a list of electives or to undertake the project stream once you have completed the core structure. This project can be practice or research-based allowing you to develop specific skills and knowledge in your area of interest.

Depending on units selected, upon completion of the relevant four units you can satisfy the Graduate Certificate in Public Health (CL46), the Graduate Certificate in Fatigue Risk Management (CC78) or Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management (CC27) as an interim or exit award. Upon completion of eight units, you may be eligible to exit or satisfy the interim award of the Graduate Diploma of Public Health (CL44).  

Core Units 11 Major Units None
Electives 2 Minor Units None

You are required to complete sixteen units, this includes ten core units and a choice of electives or of undertaking the project stream. The core units cover topics such as understanding public health, a systems thinking approach to public health, social epidemiology, public health action and evaluation, global public health, health research, cultural immersion and three cross-cultural communities units. The elective units can be taken in either a project stream or a liberal studies stream.

Students with relevant health qualifications and experience may be eligible for advanced standing and a shorter course duration.

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

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

Our public health teaching team have recent and relevant experience in many facets of public health having worked as health promotion officers, environmental health officers and public health nutritionists in Queensland Health, local government, not-for-profits and private industry. Your teaching team is committed to sharing their insights and knowledge with you, so that you gain a wide range of perspectives in public health practice.

Your learning is enhanced through practical and real-world learning experiences where you can apply the skills and knowledge from your studies to authentic scenarios. Two units from within the masters each incorporate 120 hours of work experience in a community-based or community-led public health organisation.

Benefit from the flexibility to study in a way that suits you with on-campus and online options available. Our postgraduate public health courses are available to study on campus in Melbourne and Sydney, or online.

If you choose to study online, you will benefit from the latest in learning technology that keeps you connected and supported throughout your studies. As an online student, there are no residential schools required for our postgraduate public health courses.

A postgraduate public health course from CQUniversity, prepares you to work in community-based and community-led health services and projects for government and non-government organisations. The graduate diploma and masters also prepare you for work in international humanitarian organisations. And, if you complete the project work major within the masters you will be well prepared for a career in research and or project management.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Melbourne Sydney
Term 2 - 2023Melbourne Sydney
Term 3 - 2022Melbourne Sydney

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 3 - 2022Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Health and Wellbeing in the Cross-Cultural CommunityPBHL20009Work experience in community-based or community led public health organisation for 120 hours
Public Health Practice in the Cross-Cultural CommunityPBHL20010Work experience in community-based or community-led public health organisation for 120 hours
This course has no residential schools.

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.

Security Requirements

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.

Health Requirements

Immunisations or specific workplace requirements may be needed for units with workplace or volunteering elements.

Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended students have completed a health related degree.

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.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term Fee$15,360.00
International Indicative First Year Fee$30,720.00

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.

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

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My analytical thinking skills and perception on health has improved and is becoming more broader. As an Australia Awards Scholarship recipient, I feel I have additional responsibilities in developing and improving the health policy and strategy in my home country to make a real difference.

Samata Yadav

Master of Pubic Health