Introduced in 2016, ACU’s Master of Public Health (MPH) is fast becoming one of our most popular postgraduate courses!
It is one of ACU’s recently launched postgraduate public health programs which have been developed in response to the evolving role of public health practitioners within the Australian health system and internationally.
ACU’s MPH program has been designed around the Foundation Competencies for Master of Public Health Graduates in Australia and the requirements of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (for medical practitioners specialising in public health).
International competency and practice standards and conceptual frameworks have helped shape the MPH curriculum design.
The MPH program equips graduates with specialised knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve and advance population health and well-being.
Based in Melbourne, The two-year course prepares graduates to practice with a community, national or global focus, and with an ethical, social justice perspective.
There is an extensive range of career opportunities available to graduates of Master of Public Health programs in Australia.
About half of all MPH graduates are employed within the health sector, with others finding opportunities within education, government and services sectors.
Managerial, analytical and program-/project-based roles are common destinations for Master of Public Health graduates.
For many health practitioners, particularly medical practitioners or registered nurses, this degree expands their career opportunities within their existing field.
After completion of the first year of core public health study (eight units), students have a choice of completing the MPH either by Research Pathway, which involves additional research training and then preparation of a minor research thesis or by Capstone Pathway which involves a practice-based project or other approved fieldwork/project/experience.
ACU’s MPH program offers a unique specialisation option – the Master of Public Health (Global Health and Advocacy).
It features a contemporary curriculum designed around the new United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
This option allows students to concentrate their studies on issues of global health, sustainable development, food security and humanitarian assistance.
It also allows students to develop their advocacy skills, a vitally important component of public/global health practice so they are trained to not just implement positive change, but to also influence positive change in the first place.
Students may elect to undertake the Global Health and Advocacy specialisation in second year, in conjunction with either the Research or Capstone Pathways.
Graduates may be able to progress to a higher degree by research (eg Doctor of Philosophy).
Students interested in doing so are encouraged to complete their MPH via the Research Pathway.
There are a range of scholarships on offer for international students and the MPH is an eligible course for the International Student Scholarship. These scholarships cover 50% of the recipients’ full-time tuition fees.
Why choose Health at ACU?
ACU teaching staff have real world practical and professional experience.
The University has strong links with healthcare partners around Australia, including ACU/partner clinical schools that provide opportunities for clinical placements, community engagement projects and future employment.