School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Public Health Overview

The Master of Public Health (MPH) at UNSW Sydney is widely recognised as essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, primary health care, policy formulation, research, and management of health programs. Many of our graduates occupy key positions in health departments, non-government organisations and universities in Australia and internationally.

Program Objectives

The Public Health program provides preparation for education, research and service in all aspects of public health. The program includes study in epidemiology, biostatistics, quantitative and qualitative research methods, health promotion, health policy and health services management, as well as many topical public health issues. It is designed to address the continuing education needs of specialists in public health as well as providing an orientation to public health issues and methods for health professionals.

Public Health Degree Options

Students may enrol in a general Master of Public Health degree or complete a specialisation (there are 9 specialisations to choose from), an extension degree (with research component), a dual degree or a dual degree (with research component). See Degrees for more information.

Program Mode

The School provides a great deal of flexibility for students to tailor their study options according to their needs. The MPH program can be undertaken either full-time or part-time. Courses are offered internally on campus with face-to-face teaching, or externally by distance mode using online teaching technologies. All courses offered by the School are available fully online which means our degrees can be completed from anywhere in the world. For some elective courses, there are optional workshops which are held at a residential school on campus, twice a year, one week before Term 1 and Term 3 starts. 

Public Health Degree Options

  • Specialisations (see Degree Specialisations for more information):
    • Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing
    • Ageing and Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Health Economic Evaluation
    • Health Promotion
    • Infectious Diseases Control
    • International Health
    • Primary Health Care
    • Public Security
    • Social Research


The Masters’ program articulates with the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate. Credit for courses completed as part of the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate may be transferred to the Master’s program in accordance with the UNSW policy on credit transfer.