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Do you want to make a difference to the health of populations?

Public Health skills and knowledge are fundamental to addressing many of the 21st century's complex health problems. Millions of people are alive today due to public health initiatives such as vaccination programs, motor vehicle safety laws, tobacco regulations, screening programs, and clean air and water standards.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is the most widely recognised professional credential for leadership in public health. At the University of Tasmania, you have the opportunity to specialise in an area of interest with study streams in: Epidemiology; Health Services and Environment, Disease and Food.

The Master of Public Health is available as a fully online program of learning, supporting you to find a balance within your work, study and personal life.

The degree is a flexible course of study that offers the option to exit with a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters of Public Health.

Study...Exit with
Block 1: 4 Graduate Certificate Level UnitsGraduate Certificate in Public Health
Block 2: 4 Graduate Diploma Level UnitsGraduate Diploma in Public Health
Block 3: Major Project, 3 Master Level UnitsMaster of Public Health

What you will learn in Public Health

With a Master of Public Health you will gain an understanding of the systemic, social, behavioural and cultural determinants of the health of populations, with the goal of improving health.

At the University of Tasmania you have the opportunity to choose a specialisation stream in the following areas: Epidemiology; Health Services and Environment, Disease and Food.


Our epidemiology stream is for students interested in pursuing an academic career in health research, planning and evaluation of programs and policy formulation. Develop critical thinking, analytic and problem solving skills.

Health Services

This stream focuses on leadership, strategic planning, management and policy development to maintain and raise standards of health and social care.

Environment, Disease & Food

This stream is for students interested in health protection, including protecting people from environmental hazards and infectious diseases and ensuring the safety of food.

With the Master of Public Health based online, I have been able to interact with class mates spread all over Australia with such different backgrounds and experiences to my own, and yet similar goals and interests.

- Sophie Maslen, Master of Public Health

Career Opportunities

The Public Health workforce is multidisciplinary, which means that Public Health practitioners come from a wide range of backgrounds including medicine and health professions, teaching, management, pharmacy, science, geography, mathematics, nutrition and civil science. Increasingly, recruits to Public Health are recent college and university graduates from a wide range of subjects.

Public Health is "the organised response by society to improve health, comprising health protection, the prevention of illness, injury and disability, and health promotion". Thus, a career in Public Health can serve a variety of societal purposes, such as:

  • Improving health
  • Protecting health
  • Maintaining and raising standards of health and social care
  • Working with information (health intelligence)
  • Working in academic Public Health (teaching and researching)
  • Leading strategic planning, management and policy development

As Public Health initiatives require inter-industry collaboration; people from a broad range of backgrounds can work in senior leadership and/or scientific roles in the field of Public Health. Just a fraction of career pathways include - exploring the spread of specific diseases amongst populations, developing new innovative technologies for mental health assessments, promoting safe and healthy nutrition.

A Master of Public Health also opens the door to further academic qualifications such as a PhD.

I work as a full-time junior doctor and study my masters in my (rare) spare time. I find the workload very reasonable and don't struggle to manage both. While many postgraduate courses are self-paced, this one has set due dates for modules which I like. It really keeps me on track when it would be easy to fall behind with a busy working life.

- Melanie Whitehead, Master of Public Health

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