Overview

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.

The Master of Public Health can be completed in one year full-time. Offered online via GradSchool, 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.

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.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Public Health is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide 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.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.

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.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Public Health, visit the ‘Details’ tab.

Specialisations

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.

To find out more about where the Master of Public Health can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Public Health program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

Applicants who hold a four year undergraduate degree in a public health related field (eg medicine, biomedical/medical science, nursing, allied health, dentistry, psychology, veterinary science, education, law, engineering, business, commerce science or arts) may apply for admission to the Master of Public Health. Please ensure that certified copies of academic transcripts are included with your online application.

Applicants with a three year undergraduate degree should also hold an Honours degree or additional postgraduate qualification (such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; OR be able to demonstrate a minimum of one year’s work experience in a related field.

If you would like your work experience to be considered, please provide a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience will be assessed by the program convenor.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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