How long are the courses?

The MPH and MPH (Advanced) are 96 unit (2 years full-time) programs.

Applicants with a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (½ year full-time) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (1 year full-time) of credit.

What is the maximum time for completion?

Domestic students: Domestic students may choose to study part-time.

The maximum time for completion for postgraduate coursework programs for domestic students is as follows:

  • Graduate Certificate (24 units) 3 years*
  • Graduate Diploma and Master degrees (48 units) 5 years*
  • Master degrees (72 units) 6 years*
  • Master degrees (96 units) 7 years*

*These periods of time include any leave from study.

International students: To meet their visa requirements, international students must study full-time.

What are the main differences in the structure of the programs?

The MPH program is a broad coursework degree that includes a diverse range of courses relevant to the practice of public health. The program includes 24 units of compulsory courses, including epidemiology and biostatistics, and the choice of many electives to suit students’ personal interests in public health. MPH students must also do at least one 6 unit course designed to develop their skills in research methods.

The MPH (Advanced) program is a coursework and research degree that provides students with the opportunity to extend their practical coursework experience in public health with the development and implementation of a research project. The program shares the same compulsory courses as the MPH, but students in the MPH (Advanced) must do a 24 unit research project as well as a 6 unit course to develop their project. Because there is only one year of coursework in the MPH (Advanced) program, there are fewer opportunities for elective courses than in the MPH.

What are the differences in the admission requirements?

Applicants for the MPH and MPH (Advanced) programs must have a Bachelor degree, or international equivalent, with an average mark of at least 70%.

Applicants for the MPH (Advanced) program must also have the approval of an identified supervisor or provisional supervisor for the research project.

MPH students who have achieved 70% average in their first 24 units of coursework may be offered transfer to the MPH (Advanced) program.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

What types of students are the programs designed for?

The MPH program is internationally-recognised as suitable for public health practitioners; it is probably the most suitable program for you if:

  • You are interested in the practice of public health and want good skills in epidemiology and biostatistics; or
  • You have no background in public health or science, but are interested in developing skills and knowledge in public health and want good skills in epidemiology and biostatistics.

The combination of these courses will allow you to explore your public health career options in practice or epidemiological research. Students in the MPH come from many backgrounds and the MPH is suitable if you are not sure if epidemiology is the career path for you.

The MPH (Advanced) program is designed for students who want to increase their research skills in epidemiology, with the aim of either contributing to epidemiological or medical research or developing a research career, but who don’t want the breadth of subjects required for the MPH. Students in this program are, typically, people who have been working in the health sector and who want to do a PhD, based on epidemiological research.

Can I use both programs as a pathway to a PhD?

If you do the MPH program, you would be eligible to apply for a PhD at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health; however, other institutions require students to undertake a significant piece of research before they are eligible to apply for a PhD.

Students in the MPH (Advanced) program are required to develop expertise in a nominated area through independent research. If you want to do a PhD in epidemiology, you would be advised to do the MPH (Advanced) program.

Can I do double masters with my MPH program?

Double masters degrees are not currently offered, but may be available in future.

What career options would be available to me?

The MPH program is designed for health professionals seeking a qualification to equip them for management, graduates wanting a qualification in public health practice and health administrators and policy workers needing a qualification to assist their career.

Graduates of the MPH (Advanced) program have completed appropriate research training for entry to a PhD program. This program is also ideal for health professionals seeking a qualification in management, graduates wanting a qualification to equip them for public health practice and health administrators and policy workers seeking public health research experience.

Public health is “the organised response by society to improve health, comprising health protection, the prevention of illness, injury and disability, and health promotion”. It’s about the health of whole communities or populations, including: chronic disease prevention, healthy ageing, nutrition and physical activity, immunisation, healthy built environments and climate change impacts on health.

The roles for public health practitioners are varied and challenging and graduates may be located in either the public or private sector, such as: population health research and analysis, health policy and program management, community health services and indigenous health, health promotion, environment protection, marketing, health administration and budgeting. In the Canberra region, workplaces may include: the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Government Department of Health.

Is the ANU MPH program compliant with AFPHM training requirements?

Australian medical practitioners considering advanced training in public health medicine can complete MPH courses in the following core areas: epidemiology, biostatistics, health protection (including environmental health and/or comunicable disease prevention and control), health promotion  and health policy, planning and management.

I’m an international student. Can I work while studying?

Masters’ students are permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the term and unlimited hours when their academic course is not in session. Dependent family members can work full-time throughout the year.                                                   

I’m an international student. Can I apply for the IARU Global Summer Program?

Yes, international students are eligible to apply for the IARU Global Summer Program but, if they are nominated and accepted by the host institution, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange their own visas for the respective country. Please direct all enquiries to IARU.GSP@anu.edu.au

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