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Public Health

Much of the discomfort and cost of disease and disability is preventable. Public Health looks at improving quality of life through education and implementation of healthcare structures.

There is no better time to embark on or advance your career in public health, learning how tackle contemporary and emerging public health challenges in a local and global context.

Our courses will provide you with the tools necessary to make a difference in your community. You’ll learn to practise in a way that leverages the factors affecting health and wellbeing, including social, environmental, cultural, economic, political, and structural issues.

You’ll graduate qualified to lead in the fields of disease prevention, health promotion, health research and evaluation, health policy, environmental health, and health systems.

Course Options

Master of Public Health

2 years min, 8 years max
Online CRICOS 098199C

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Graduate Diploma of Public Health

1 year min, 4 years max

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Graduate Certificate in Public Health

0.5 year min, 2 years max

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Graduate Certificate in Health Protection

Min 1 year, max 3 years

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Study to suit your lifestyle and commitments, either on-campus or by distance.

Learn from leading researchers in the field.

Be empowered to lead change in your community.

Study options

Take a global perspective

In year one of the Master of Public Health, you’ll develop knowledge for a globally recognised qualification by studying topics such as global health solutions, public health intervention practice, health research, and systems thinking.

Develop highly specialised knowledge

In year two of the Master of Public Health, you’ll develop specialised knowledge in the areas of environmental health, noncommunicable disease prevention, communicable disease epidemiology, and health economics. You’ll also have the choice of completing elective coursework units or undertaking an individual research project (subject to approval) which can lead to a PhD.

Choice of pathways

In the final year of the Master of Public Health, you’ll be able to choose from an elective coursework or major research project pathway.

Course breakdown


Graduate Certificate in Public Health

50 credit points

Complete the following core units:

  • Global Health Systems
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Evaluating Health Interventions


Graduate Diploma of Public Health

100 credit points

Complete the requirements for the Graduate Certificate, then study:

  • Systems Thinking in Public Health
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
    Public Health
  • Intervention Practice
  • Health Research Methods


Master of Public Health

200 credit points

Complete the requirements for the Graduate Diploma, then study:

  • Environmental Health
  • Non Communicable Disease Prevention
  • Communicable disease epidemiology
  • Health Economics

For the elective coursework pathway: choose four elective units out of 14, or;

For the research pathway: study two research major project units combined with one elective coursework unit.

Career outcomes

Passion for health begins at home

It wasn’t until he studied at university that Timothy Kariotis fully gained an understanding of why people from his hometown in Devonport, Tasmania were experiencing poor health.

Learn more about Tim's story

The healthcare industry is expected to grow by over 15 percent over the next five years.* Career outcomes are focussed on fields relating to:

  • improving health
  • protecting health
  • maintaining and raising standards of
    health and social care
  • working with information (health
  • working in academic public health
    (teaching and researching)
  • leading strategic planning,
    management, and policy
  • designing and evaluating public
    health interventions.

Projected number of new healthcare jobs


Five years to 2024

Full-time role share of employment market


In the healthcare industry

Percentage of unfilled vacancies in healthcare


In 2017/18 financial year, up from 34% in previous year

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.