James Cook University

Master of Public Health



University Location Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
City Population 194,000
Student Population 22,000
Int'l Student Population 6,640
Main Campus Townsville
Program Campus Townsville / Online
Program Duration 1.5 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $39,280 AUD (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February & July
Next Available Intake July 2024
Application Deadline No set deadline*
International Places Variable / no set limit


The Master of Public Health at James Cook University not only covers the core public health competencies, but also offers a focus on the challenges facing health professionals working in tropical, rural and remote environments. Special attention is given to the needs of high-risk community groups, including refugee and migrant populations, and Indigenous Australians.

Specific elements within the programs are tailored to workforce needs:

  • Refugee health
  • Disaster health management
  • Travel medicine
  • Tropical marine and diving medicine
  • Infection control
  • Communicable disease control
  • Aeromedical retrieval
  • Health promotion


The JCU public health program is designed for health professionals with a suitable undergraduate degree or recognized professional qualification in a relevant discipline. It provides the skills and knowledge to communicate public health information, to engage in professional health practices and to ensure healthy environments, particularly in rural and remote areas.

This program will help you to develop and further your career in public health practice, research and/or management. It allows you to re-orientate your work interests in health to disease prevention and health promotion and is widely recognized both nationally and internationally as the public health credential for careers in public health.

This degree will provide the skills and knowledge you need to communicate public health information, to engage in professional health practices, and to ensure healthy environments, particularly in rural and remote areas.

Aeromedical Retrieval Major
With JCU’s aeromedical retrieval major, you’ll gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work within a variety of aeromedical systems.

Enhance your current qualification as a doctor, nurse, or paramedic to explore pre-hospital and secondary retrieval situations. Provide clinical care in the aeromedical retrieval environment, address a broad range of health issues within communities, and effect meaningful change in the public health arena.

You can also complete the Master of Public Health as a joint degree with the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Contact OzTREKK to learn more about this option.

Career Opportunities
JCU Master of Public Health graduates are equipped with specialist skills and are employed in a wide range of healthcare settings. You could find employment in state and commonwealth government organizations, health care settings, community settings, non-profit and international organizations both within and beyond the health sector.

Roles can involve work that focuses on the protection of the health of the population, prevention of poor health outcomes, and promotion of health and well-being.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree in a related field with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 (approximately 65% +); or provide evidence of other qualifications recognized by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above; or at the discretion of the Dean of College submission, as an exceptional case, of other evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health-related activities.

Admission Timeline

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