Online Degree the Master of Public Health | The University of Queensland | Australia

Online Study the Master of Public Health

This program prepares health professionals from a broad range of backgrounds and disciplines to define, critically assess and resolve public health and nutrition problems. Students can undertake this program in a variety of fields- refer to the links under "What you can study" below for further details. Students may complete the program entirely by coursework or may incorporate a dissertation or project. Dissertation and projects may be completed within Australia or overseas. Any expenses incurred in undertaking the dissertation/project are the responsibility of the student.

 Online Degree the Master of Public Health | The University of Queensland | Australia

The Master of Public Health program is the first in Asia Pacific to have achieved Curriculum Validation from the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA), one of the world's leading accrediting bodies for MPH programs. This validation confirms that the curriculum adheres to European standards for a modern comprehensive degree and contains the basic structure and core content expected from a Master of Public Health. Summer Semester entry is available to domestic students only as course offerings are limited in that semester.

Entry requirements

An applicant must hold:
  • an approved degree in the same discipline, or
  • a degree in a different discipline and have completed one-year, full-time work experience in a healthcare setting, or
  • the Graduate Certificate and/or a Graduate Diploma in Public Health from the university (or equivalent).

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy below. In order to gain entry to an academic program at UQ, you will have to demonstrate you have the appropriate level of English language skills. To meet the UQ's English language proficiency requirements, you must demonstrate one of the following:

  • a score equivalent to four semesters of Sound Achievement in Queensland Studies Authority English, English for ESL Learners or Australian or international equivalent. Less than four semesters may be considered for some programs.
  • at least 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent test. Some programs have higher English proficiency requirements; see individual program requirements.
Other equivalent tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic are also accepted, and other qualifications and experience may also be considered. Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE).

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Public Health are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa. The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

Program structure

The courses offered in the Master of Public Health are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Public Health. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate. To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Public Health at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health (#16)
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health (#8)

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership in the following professional bodies:

  • Australian College of Health Service Executives
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Public Health. When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Within the field of Public Health, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use are associated with a significant burden of illness and injury in populations around the globe. In addition, individuals, families, and communities experience adverse social harms arising from specific patterns of intoxication, modes of drug use and illicit drug markets.

Global Health

The Global Health plan explores health in a globalizing world. It focuses on the impact of global interdependencies, on the social, environmental and political determinants of health, inequalities in health and the transfer of health risks at an unprecedented scale. It examines policy responses to these challenges that are shaped by countries, but increasingly by diverse transnational and multilateral actors that shape health. The study of global health, therefore, is multidisciplinary, extending beyond the disciplines of public health to embrace politics, development, human rights and law and political economy.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Health promotion and disease prevention teaching emphasizes a broad ecological perspective on health behavior and health promotion, including understanding the scope and purpose of health behavior theories, and identifying what is most relevant from those theories that may be applied in practice.

Indigenous Health

This field of study produces graduates with a broad understanding of health and illness of Indigenous Australia, and capacity to manage effective public health solutions in a culturally and socially appropriate way. Graduates have the knowledge and skills to:

  • investigate and analyze Indigenous health needs.
  • interpret policy.
  • describe the major health issues in Indigenous Australia.
  • operate effectively within an environment of changing social, economic and political circumstances.
  • manage effective public health solutions through improved service delivery.
  • plan, implement and evaluate health interventions.
  • conduct meaningful research, sensitive to community needs and protocols.

All fields of study are a mixture of internal and external delivery. All core courses are offered internally and externally. If a student wishes to complete the program either entirely by internal or external delivery the choice of courses is more limited. Summer Semester entry is not available for international students. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are particularly encouraged to apply.


This field of study provides broadly based academic training that develops an understanding of nutrition and its role in the public health agenda globally and at the local level. Topics of particular interest include the nutrition transition and meeting the challenges of both over and under-nutrition. The program aims to produce nutritionists who can:

  • assess the nutrition situation in populations and communities.
  • formulate, implement and evaluate programs to prevent and alleviate nutrition problems.
  • evaluate community nutrition programs.
  • adapt nutrition programs to changing social, economic and technical circumstances.
  • effectively communicate scientific findings.

Masters students have the opportunity to put this into practice in their final semester by undertaking an individual research project, joining a group fieldwork project in South-East Asia, or undertaking additional specialist coursework. All fields of study are a mixture of internal and external delivery. All core courses are offered internally and externally. If a student wishes to complete the program either entirely by internal or external delivery the choice of courses is more limited. Summer Semester entry is not available for international students..