Master of Public Health

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Program Description

Master of Public Health

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Are you interested in preventing disease, improving the quality of life and promoting health?

If you have a bachelor degree in a public health related discipline, the Master of Public Health at the University of Newcastle can provide you with the advanced expertise to launch your career in public health.

By studying the Master of Public Health at the University of Newcastle, you will learn to monitor the health of a population, identify its health needs, and develop and implement policies that promote health, and evaluate health services. You will study topics including biostatistics, epidemiology, social and ecosystem health, health systems and policy, and health promotion.

Upon completion of the program you will be equipped to function as a health educator, health promotion officer or in a range of public health roles in government, private or not-for-profit agencies.

Choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your needs as well as your prefered learning mode including face-to-face at Newcastle (Callaghan), UON Sydney or study 100% online.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Public Health at a time that suits you.

Is it for you?

If you have a bachelor degree in a public health related discipline and are interested in moving into a career where you will work to prevent disease, prolong life and promote health, the Master of Public Health from the University of Newcastle could be the program for you.

Providing you with the relevant skills, you will be prepared to enter a career in improving population health through appropriate planning and evaluation, assessing determinants of health and illness, developing and implementing effective and efficient approaches to health services and demonstrating specialist skills in research and professional practice.

Upon the successful completion of this program, you will be equipped with the appropriate skills and knowledge to work as a professional clinician or allied health professional, health planner and manager.

Career Pathways

As a graduate of the Master of Public Health from the University of Newcastle, your skills and knowledge will prepare you for roles including a health educator, health promotion officer and field scientist/practitioner, potentially working across a range of public health areas including:

  • public health units
  • state and Commonwealth departments
  • general practice
  • non-government organisations
  • academic institutions
  • united nations agencies
  • international health, development and humanitarian agencies

Irrespective of where you are in your health related career, if you are interested in moving into public health or enhancing your existing public health career, the Master of Public Health will equip you with the appropriate professional expertise to develop a strong foundation in public health to enhance and extend your career opportunities.


The Master of Public Health will provide you with a comprehensive education at a superior level. Designed for individuals who have already successfully completed a bachelor degree in an approved public health related discipline, you will be required to complete eight courses, four of which are compulsory. These courses will have you studying:

  • biostatistics – where you will be introduced to basic statistical concepts in data presentation, probability distributions, confidence intervals hypothesis testing, sample size and power. You will learn to understand statistical reasoning and its application to epidemiological studies as well as read and critically evaluate the statistical section of journal articles.
  • epidemiology – which will introduce you to the basic concepts including the distribution and determinants of disease in specific populations and the application of this knowledge to the evaluation and control of health problems in the community.
  • public health – you will learn the biological, social and environmental causes and patterns in disease in populations, as well as gain an understanding of economic and political processes in determining evidence-based interventions to address those diseases of significance within populations.
  • social and ecosystem health - this course draws together two important emerging areas of public health: social determinants of health inequality and the ecosystem health perspective (ecohealth). You will come to understand the social and ecosystem causes of human disease which is essential for developing and implementing effective public health policies.

Electives include infectious disease surveillance, methods in pharmacoepidemiology, research protocol design and qualitative methods in health research, just naming a few.

Admission Requirements

Minimum of a four year undergraduate degree in a field related to public health such as medicine, biomedical/medical science, nursing, allied health, dentistry, psychology, veterinary science, education, law, engineering, business, commerce, science and arts. Applicants with a three year undergraduate degree should possess an Honours degree or additional postgraduate qualifications such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or a minimum of one year’s work experience in a related field.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 10, 2016
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Master of Public Health