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Online Master of Public Health

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Solve public health challenges

Become an innovative health leader and address public health issues around the world. In our online Master of Public Health, you’ll learn how to combine systems thinking with an interdisciplinary, evidence-based approach to find and address causes of poor health.

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As few as 12 months*

Cost per subject**


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*Duration is 12–24 months depending on recognition of prior learning. A 12-month course duration applies to students who have completed a cognate Bachelor’s. Most students complete in 18 months.
**Course and subject costs are based on 2021-2022 tuition fees. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change. Speak with an enrolment adviser for more information.

  • 100% online
  • 7-week terms

Will you help design a healthier and safer future?

There’s never been a more critical time to learn about the power of public health.

With an increasing need for public health initiatives to prevent and protect the community from diseases, the world needs skilled professionals who understand contemporary public health research and practice.

And you don’t need a health background to pursue an in-demand career in public health.

Our online Master of Public Health will give you important foundations in systems thinking, epidemiology, policy and research methods. Learn how to gather, interpret and leverage health data to create a healthier society. Understand the fundamental principles of promotion, protection and prevention. Develop your research skills and learn how to influence our health systems.

You’ll gain the skills you need to work in health systems around the world. By developing a global and multidisciplinary approach, you’ll gain an understanding of public health that can genuinely influence the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Please note that you have the option of exiting early from the degree with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

Course outcomes

You’ll learn:

  • Systems thinking
    Understand how the systems in our society are intrinsically linked to the health of individual people.
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
    Learn how to gather and interpret health data and improve health outcomes for your community.
  • Approaches to public health
    Understand how theoretical principles can help you solve public health problems.
  • Policy and practice
    Learn how to create policies that can improve health outcomes and develop practices that promote better health in your community.
  • Leadership
    Develop the confidence to lead public health initiatives.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

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Course structure: become a leader in public health

Designed to address emergent issues, you’ll learn to be proactive in public health initiatives using evidence-based information. Our course structure focuses on building your unique leadership skills and working with interdisciplinary teams. You’ll graduate prepared to succeed in leadership roles and work across teams with sociologists, mathematicians, policymakers and clinicians to solve complex public health challenges.

If you have completed a cognate Bachelor’s with Honours year and are studying full time, you can graduate in just 12 months.

Course structure

Career outlook: solve complex public health challenges

Graduate ready to work in the sector you choose. You can be confident taking positions in healthcare, community, research and policy with titles like policy, evaluation or health promotion officer, researcher, community development worker and more. The projected job growth rate for health management careers is 18.6% 1 and Payscale reports they earn an average salary of $99,7502.

Career outlook

Entry requirements

To apply for La Trobe’s Master of Public Health, you’ll need a completed application and:

  • successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent)
  • transcripts from prior universities
  • resume or CV
  • personal statement.
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Fee details

Complete the Master of Public Health at La Trobe with 8–16 subjects that are $3,450 each. The number of subjects you need to complete will depend on your education background.

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Your teachers

Learn from experts in the online Master of Public Health who have experience in research, policy and more. They’ll mentor you throughout the course so you can step into complex roles with confidence.

Melissa Graham, BPH (Hons), GCHE, Grad Dip Epi Biostats, PhD, is an associate professor of Public Health and course coordinator for the Master of Public Health programs at La Trobe University. She teaches approaches to public health problems and supervises Honours, Master’s and PhD students. She is the deputy director for the Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE) – a multidisciplinary research centre that works collaboratively with organisations, governments and communities to promote social inclusion – in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. Graham’s research focuses on the lives of women who do not have children, the role of policy on reproductive health, social support for reproductive decision-making and consequent health and well being. Her research is underpinned by concepts of social in/exclusion, gender and equality.

What’s it like to learn online?

As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished teachers who deliver our on-campus subjects. You’ll receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our students on campus. However, you’ll get to learn where and when it’s most convenient for you.

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Study assist

La Trobe online courses are eligible for FEE-HELP for domestic students. Speak with an enrolment adviser. We can help you discover what’s available to help you pay for your course.

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Frequently asked questions

We’re always happy to chat with you. If you’d rather talk one-on-one or have a question you don’t see answered here, request more information or call (+61 3) 9917 3009.

Applications are due one month prior to the start of the program. La Trobe offers four start dates a year in March, April, July and September.

If you’ve completed previous study, you may qualify for advanced standing. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course so you graduate sooner and spend less. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your studies and the number of subjects completed. You can review the full policy and search for credit here. You can learn more about our entry requirements here.

You can complete the online Master of Public Health in just 12 months if you have completed a cognate Bachelor’s with Honours year.

To see the course structure, view our subjects page.

The online Master of Public Health is designed for professionals and is offered part-time with one class every seven weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities.

To see the course structure, view our subjects page.

The online Master of Public Health allows you to choose between three course options: a project, research or coursework. If you choose coursework, you’ll earn a specialisation in health management and take four additional subjects in that area. You can learn more about the subjects here.

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  1. “Occupation projections – five years to May 2024.” 2019 Employment Projections – for the five years to May 2024, Australian Government Labour Market Portal, Accessed 14 October 2020.
  2. “Average Health Manager Salary in Australia.” PayScale. Accessed 14 October 2020.