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Master of Public Health
Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health

  • ID:UWA610201
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have

(a)(i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or

(ii) a Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies 91230, Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health 92210, Graduate Certificate in Communicable Diseases Epidemiology 91220, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

(2) Applicants who have or have had a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' against courses 92550 or 92560 are not eligible for admission.

English Requirements

  • Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening 

  • IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)

  • PTE (Academic): Postgraduate Research Studies applicants: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

Course Information

You will gain a strong foundation in the core fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, qualitative research methods, health economics and health promotion, plus the broader social context in which health programs are planned, delivered and evaluated.

This course is available by: coursework; coursework and 12-point project; coursework and 24-point dissertation; or coursework and 24-point practicum.

  • Project

This 12-point unit is a substantial research project which can be completed as an alternative to the 24-point dissertation. The project gives students practice and experience in synthesising the skills they have learned during the Master of Public Health.

Students may choose a research project that includes conducting a review of a body of scientific literature, writing a literature review and a detailed project proposal, development of instruments, an ethics committee application and preparing an analysis plan.

  • Practicum

The practicum offers students the opportunity to work with prospective employers, apply theoretical knowledge to the real world and gain valuable workplace experience.

Students develop observational skills; relevant practical skills including project management, information and time management skills; lateral thinking and problem solving skills; literacy and communication skills; as well as skills in professional behaviour and responsibility, and ethical conduct.

  • Dissertation

A 24-point dissertation represents the equivalent of one semester of full-time study and involves original research by the student under supervision to develop a paper for publication in a scientific journal. The dissertation gives students practice and experience in defining a clear research question, preparing a formal research proposal, conducting a review of a body of scientific literature and formal writing at a professional standard.

Some dissertation projects involve detailed statistical or qualitative analysis and interpretation of a body of data. Students may collect original data specifically for the research or may analyse existing data in an original manner. Other dissertation projects are based on the analysis of published documents. Students undertaking such a dissertation are expected to collate, integrate and appraise critically the relevant literature, and evaluate current practice and policy in light of the literature.


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Course structure details

Where relevant students must meet the eligibility criteria to undertake the project, dissertation or practicum, all of which are optional.

Students in the course by coursework and dissertation take units to the value of 24 points from Group A and units to the value of 12 points from Group B. Students in this pathway are unable to take both the dissertation and the practicum.

Students in the course by coursework take units to the value of 36 points from Group B.


Take all units (36 points):

  • PUBH4401 Biostatistics I (6)

  • PUBH4403 Epidemiology I (6)

  • PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health (6)

  • PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics (6)

  • PUBH5754 Health Promotion I (6)

  • PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods in Health (6)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Policy Analyst

  • Program or Project Manager

  • Research Officer

  • Health Promotion Officer

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) per year

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