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Overview

  • Ideal for career change, professional advancement, and clinicians looking to expand their skills.
  • Specialise in emergency and disaster management, health promotion, health services management, epidemiology and research methods, or health, safety and environment.
  • Graduate with an internationally recognised qualification.
  • Choose to combine your coursework with a project or dissertation.
  • Complete in 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. Applicants with a bachelor degree in a health-related area may be eligible for 48 credit points of advanced standing on entry to the course. This will reduce the course duration to 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time.
QUT course code PU86
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 2 years full-time
Start month 2018 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Faculty
  • Faculty of Health
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CRICOS code 084930G
Careers
  • Community Health Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Public Health Officer

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Details

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

Our 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 this program obtain core skills in epidemiology and biostatistics, and an understanding of contemporary and challenging population health issues. You may choose to major in emergency and disaster management; epidemiology and research methods; health promotion; health, safety and environment; or select units from across the major study areas.

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
  • 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.

Graduates may find employment in the public sector in local, state and federal government health departments or in local community agencies such areas as community health, and primary health care. Organisations like 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 including 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 been employed in 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 public health specialists.

Course articulation

Graduates of the masters program who have successfully completed a 48 credit point dissertation may apply for entry to the Master of Applied Science (Research) or the Doctor of Philosophy.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

Master of Public Health - 2 year program

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline.

Master of Public Health - 1.5 year program

Applicants who have a completed recognised bachelor degree in health will be eligible for 48 credit points of advanced standing which will reduce your course to three semesters full-time (1.5 years).

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall 6.5

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

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.

2018: $29,100 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

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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