Master of Public Health (Online Delivery available)

Course summary

The Master of Public Health is a flexible one-year degree designed to provide a broad introduction to public health. With a strong focus on Work Integrated Learning, industry connections, and practical placements (available through the Public Health Practice specialisation), you will put theory into practice and develop diverse skills and knowledge in public health. You will engage in innovative learning experiences that provide advanced work-ready skills and develop a keen analytical and social lens to address issues of global health significance.

Students seeking a two-year program may be interested in the Master of Public Health Extension.

This degree

The Master of Public Health is a truly multi-disciplinary program, offering specialisations drawn from across UOW faculties and study areas. You will be connected to the great public health challenges of our time, to the leading thinkers across disciplines, and to the employers and agencies working to improve health and well-being and reduce inequalities. The program is structured in a manner that responds to the constantly changing health and social issues both at local and international levels. Problem-based learning, case studies, and a strong focus on skills development will ensure you enter the workforce with advanced public health skills and knowledge.

What you will study

You will study four foundational subjects in public health, as well as selecting a specialisation from the following:

  • Social Systems
  • Big Data and Decision Science
  • Indigenous Health
  • Public Health Practice
  • Public Health Research

Fee subsidised places available

UOW is offering Commonwealth Supported Places for all of our postgraduate coursework degrees* in 2023. This means the Australian government will subsidise your tuition fees by up to 75%. To be eligible for this fee subsidy, you must meet the following criteria: Be a domestic student, i.e. an Australian or New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a permanent Australian Humanitarian visa holder. LEARN MORE
*Excluding Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive), Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Executive), and Masters of Business Administration (Executive)

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Public Health

Campus

Wollongong, UOW Online Wollongong

Course Code

3199

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Distance, Flexible

Cricos

109392G

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions Policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Master of Public Health requires:

  • an undergraduate degree with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65, plus one of the following: a one-year Honours degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. At least one qualification must be in a field relevant to public health; OR
  • an undergraduate degree (minimum WAM of 65) plus significant professional or volunteer experience in a field relevant to public health (equivalent of 2 years full time)..

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may be offered the Graduate Certificate in Public Health as a pathway into the Master of Public Health.

Examples of relevant fields include medicine, nursing, allied health (nutrition science, dietetics, exercise science), health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, psychology, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies, development studies.

Entry to the Public Health Research specialisation requires a WAM of 75 or greater in your prior studies.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning at equivalent postgraduate-level study, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning towards your degree.

FEES

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. UOW is offering Commonwealth Supported Places for all of our postgraduate coursework degrees* in 2023. This means the Australian government will subsidise your tuition fees by up to 75%. LEARN MORE
*Excluding Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive), Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Executive), and Masters of Business Administration (Executive)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Master of Public Health requires:

  • an undergraduate degree with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65, plus one of the following: a one-year Honours degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. At least one qualification must be in a field relevant to public health; OR
  • an undergraduate degree (minimum WAM of 65) plus significant professional or volunteer experience in a field relevant to public health (equivalent of 2 years full time)..

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may be offered the Graduate Certificate in Public Health as a pathway into the Master of Public Health.

Examples of relevant fields include medicine, nursing, allied health (nutrition science, dietetics, exercise science), health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, psychology, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies, development studies.

Entry to the Public Health Research specialisation requires a WAM of 75 or greater in your prior studies.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning at equivalent postgraduate-level study, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning towards your degree.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2021.

Applicant background

2021 intake

2021 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2021

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2023 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 21 - 23 February 2023
Session: 27 February – 22 June 2023

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 December 2022*
  • International Applicants: 31 December 2022*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

2023 Autumn

UOW Online Wollongong

Session: 27 February – 22 June 2023

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 December 2022*
  • International Applicants: 31 December 2022*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

2023 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 17 July 2023
Session: 24 July – 16 November 2023

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 May 2023*
  • International Applicants: 31 May 2023*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

2023 Spring

UOW Online Wollongong

Session: 24 July – 16 November 2023

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 May 2023*
  • International Applicants: 31 May 2023*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

Course Structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Handbook

Accreditation & professional recognition

UOW is seeking accreditation with the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

Why choose this course

UOW is home to public health researchers who are leaders in their field in Australia and internationally. At UOW you will have the opportunity to develop your practical public health skills, experiences, and professional networks so that you are competitive in the workforce. UOW’s Master of Public Health is one of the only degrees of its kind in Australia that includes optional practical placements built into the program.