Deakin University

Master of Public Health



University Location Geelong, Victoria
City Population 278,000
Student Population 60,000
Int'l Student Population 11,200
Main Campus Burwood
Program Campus Burwood / Online
Program Duration 1 – 2 years*
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$39,800 (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Trimester Intakes March, July, November
Next Available Intake July 2024
Application Deadline No set deadline**


Are you interested in developing health-promoting environments, identifying public health priorities, generating initiatives for policy and action, and developing interventions that ensure equity in the health system? Then Deakin University’s Master of Public Health is for you.

Deakin’s Master of Public Health will help you develop an understanding of global public health challenges. You will learn strategies and practical techniques to act on these challenges, prevent diseases and promote the conditions that optimize population health. Many students enroll in this program to progress in their current roles or to obtain senior positions.

Much of what you learn is shaped by Deakin’s world-class health research. You’ll have direct access to the research produced by the Institute for Health Transformation which is led by internationally recognized researchers. This research doesn’t just help you when you’re studying and solving case studies—it’s incredibly valuable knowledge that you’ll carry with you throughout your entire career.


The Master of Public Health focuses on improving existing health-promoting environments, identifying public health priorities, generating initiatives for policy and action, and developing strategies and interventions to ensure equity in the health system.

If you want to become a leading voice in public health, this course will give you the tools to make it happen. You’ll have the opportunity to become an expert in a specific area of public health, and the practical skills you learn will empower you to make an impact on an even larger scale. The course is ideal for both clinical and non-clinical health professionals. It’s also a great fit for graduates from other fields who are passionate about improving the health of individuals, communities and populations.

The Master of Public Health focuses on evidence-based action that drives positive change across health systems. You’ll use the latest research to form strategies that tackle global health issues and then bring your ideas to life by creating initiatives for policy change and interventions. Your initiatives could be related to various public health fields, including epidemiology, focusing on disease control and prevention. You will look at issues from a big-picture angle and promote the conditions that optimize population health.

Tailor your degree by choosing electives from eight fields of study:

  • Public health practice
  • Health promotion
  • Epidemiology
  • Health economics and management
  • Applied research
  • Public health nutrition
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Disability and inclusion

By narrowing in on a field of interest, not only do you get to learn more about what you’re passionate about, the expertise you develop creates a pathway between where you are now and your dream role.

Career Opportunities
Become a public health practitioner and be prepared to take action on global public health challenges via organizations such as the WHO, UNDP, UNICEF and the government sector. You can find employment in a diverse range of areas:

  • Chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease)
  • Healthy eating
  • Mental health
  • Physical activity
  • Social inclusion
  • Women’s health

The Master of Public Health can be completed on campus or online, a popular choice for students who are working in the health or other industries while studying.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2/4.0.

*Deakin offers recognition of prior learning for equivalent or similar qualifications. This can reduce the length of the program. Please contact OzTREKK for details.

Admission Timeline

**While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to apply at least 6 months prior to the program start date.