Studying public health at Deakin University

27 October 2021

Tailor the Deakin University Master of Public Health Degree to Suit Your Interests

Public health professionals have never been in higher demand. They are vital in working alongside other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses and government officials, to reduce the impact and effects of global health threats such as the one we are collectively facing.

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Find out more about studying public health at Deakin University

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved through strategies including promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious disease.

Public health is an interdisciplinary field which draws from epidemiology, biostatistics, social sciences and the management of health services. Other important related fields include environmental health, community health, behavioural health, health economics, public policy, health education, occupational safety, and equity issues in health.

Public health professionals aim to prevent or reduce the impact of public health issues by developing programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research. This is in contrast to clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured.

Deakin’s Master of Public Health offers students opportunities to explore and develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Applied research
  • Environments for health
  • Health economics and management
  • Health promotion and community development
  • Public health nutrition
  • Public health practice

Deakin University Master of Public Health

The degree’s flexible structure (half core and half electives) allows you to tailor your degree to suit your own interests and career aspirations. You can choose your electives from the many units offered across one or more pathways to build your public health skillset.

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Melbourne, Victoria (or online)
Semester intakes: March, July, November
Duration: 1–2 years
Application deadline: No set application deadline; however, you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible.

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You can start your public health studies online. Please contact OzTREKK’s Public Health Admissions Officer at for more information.