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  • Ideal for career change, professional advancement, and clinicians looking to expand their skills.
  • Graduate to a career in food safety, disease control, prevention programs, health promotion and environmental health.
  • Specialise in emergency and disaster management, health promotion, health services management, occupational and environmental health sciences or public health nutrition.
  • Choose to combine your coursework with a project or a thesis.
  • Complete in 3 semesters full-time or 6 semesters part-time.
  • Graduate with an internationally recognised qualification.
QUT course code PU85
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
Start month 2014 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Online
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact
CRICOS code009029C
  • Community Health Officer
  • Government Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Public Health Officer


Public health professionals promote population health and wellbeing in service areas such as food safety, disease control, prevention programs, health promotion and environmental health.

QUT's public health programs are designed for professionals interested in a career in public health, mid-career professionals seeking advancement and clinicians looking to broaden their range of expertise. Students in these programs obtain core skills in epidemiology and biostatistics and an understanding of contemporary and challenging population health issues.

Career outcomes

Health promotion is focused on developing policy, programs and strategies that will foster and encourage healthy, equitable and sustainable environments and communities. To achieve this, a health promotion practitioner is required to work with a diverse range of individuals, community groups and representatives. In addition to developing population and community programs, interventions can also be implemented in specific settings such as schools, workplaces, and hospitals. Currently, a key focus is the development of effective programs that address a number of national and state health priority areas including physical activity, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, mental health promotion, injury prevention and skin cancer prevention. An integral component to being an effective health promotion practitioner is to be involved in the facilitation and development of effective partnerships with government and non government agencies to collaboratively address health issues and work towards positive health outcomes.

Some of the tasks a health promotion practitioner may perform include:

  • planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion programs
  • informing and working collaboratively with other health professionals on population health issues (i.e., forming and maintaining effective partnerships)
  • designing, developing and implementing public information campaigns using radio, television, newspapers, pamphlets, posters and websites.

With experience, health promotion practitioners can progress into supervisory and managerial positions.

Many graduates find employment in the public sector in local, state and federal government health departments (e.g. Queensland Health) and local community agencies in such areas as community health, and primary health care. Organisations like Family Planning (Qld) the National Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia, and The Cancer Council provide employment opportunities.

Health promotion and public health positions are also available in a variety of professional workplaces, like the police force, local councils and in private industry (e.g. medical insurance companies, corporate health companies, and health promotion consultants).

For those interested in social welfare, graduates have worked for organisations such as government departments and international health aid organisations such as World Health Organisation and the Australian Agency for International Development and Community Aid Abroad. Universities, peak bodies, professional associations and international agencies (e.g. World Vision, Greenpeace, United Nations) also require the skills of health promotion graduands.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Public Health

Students in the masters program choose one of the following:

  • „„full coursework, no project or thesis. This consists of four core units, one researchmethods unit and seven advanced elective units
  • coursework with a project unit. This consists of four core units, one research methods unit, five advanced elective units and one project unit
  • coursework with a thesis component. This consists of four core units, four advanced elective units and a dissertation (one semester full-time, two semesters part-time).

Study areas

Specialised study areas are available in the areas of:

  • Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Epidemiology and Research Methods*
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences
  • Public Health Nutrition^

There is also the option of not completing a major and choosing units from more than one study area.

* Some units are available only in internal mode.
^ Subject to review.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Public Health / Master of Public Health must have:

  • a three-year bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant area (health, psychology, social work, human services, social or biological science).

It is preferred but not essential that applicants will have a minimum of one-year relevant full-time work experience on entry to this course.

Applicants may be admitted on the basis of work experience, other qualifications or research activities at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

Applicants who hold a four-year degree may be eligible for advanced standing of up to 48 credit points subject to recency and relevance of study.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: $8,400 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

More information on the SSAF

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments


How to apply for Master of Public Health

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

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You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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