Macquarie University

Master of Public Health



University Location North Ryde, New South Wales
City Population 6 million
Student Population 44,000
Int'l Student Population 10,000
Main Campus North Ryde
Program Campus North Ryde
Program Duration 1.5 – 2 years*
Estimated Annual Tuition $39,400 AUD (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February & July
Next Available Intake February 2024
Application Deadline No set deadline**
International Places Variable / no set limit


Macquarie University’s innovative, interdisciplinary and future-focused Master of Public Health will prepare you for a dynamic career dedicated to preventing disease, promoting health and addressing health-related issues in our globalized world.

The program has been designed to meet national and international competencies and global accreditation standards.

It is an innovate and rigorous degree that has been designed with strong connections to public health practice so you can develop an in-depth knowledge and skills-based education through an integrated curriculum approach.

  • You’ll be prepared for the 21st-century public health workforce through this future-oriented course.
  • You’ll receive in-depth training in areas essential to modern public health practice, such as health systems, environmental health, global health, interdisciplinary teamwork and advocacy.
  • You’ll develop your knowledge and skills in domestic or international public health practice, through skills-based education that reflects global standards.
  • You’ll graduate with a qualification that will enable you to make a difference in a variety of health leadership roles in a variety of sectors, having developed broad foundational knowledge and skills relevant to all aspects of public health.


Key changes in population characteristics (for example ageing), the growth of lifestyle diseases (for example obesity) and the widespread nature of the mental health crisis mean that skilled public health leaders and innovators are in demand.

The innovative, interdisciplinary and future-focused Master of Public Health will prepare you for a dynamic career dedicated to preventing disease, promoting health and addressing health-related issues in our globalized world. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the importance of public health, and skills in leadership, teamwork and innovation as well as practical skills that are essential to public health practice.

The Macquarie Master of Public Health is a flexible course delivered through a mix of face-to-face and online learning. You will gain a deep understanding of theoretical and practical strategies used to address environmental health issues, globalization and population health, public health policy, and health leadership.

Learning and teaching takes place through a variety of methods and styles including lectures, seminars, workshops, and a range of assignments which are designed to be lively, participative, interactive, and encourage you to challenge your assumptions, beliefs, and ideas.

The diversity of teaching styles maximizes your opportunity to learn through individual and collaborative study, discussion, debate, research, practical application, skills workshops, and self-directed methods.

Key Features
Apply tools for data collection, analysis and interpretation – Develop the evidence-based reasoning and informatics approaches essential to public health practice.

Get skilled at evaluating and applying population health concepts – Identify and address Australia’s major health concerns, including those relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Review key environmental, socioeconomic and cultural factors – Examine factors that impact human health, influence the global and social burden of disease, and contribute to health disparities.

Implement and manage specialized projects – Work in interdisciplinary teams to plan, resource, assess and evaluate public health advocacy projects.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the Macquarie MPH are equipped to work in government and non-government organizations, business, public health clinical or community settings, multilateral aid organizations, or other groups concerned with health, human rights, indigenous issues, environmental health, health leadership, and/or development.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum 65% cumulative average.

Relevant disciplines include health; social sciences; health sciences; social work and human welfare; behavioural sciences; environmental sciences; health administration; human biological sciences; medical, forensic, food and pharmacology sciences; psychology; sport and recreation disciplines; humanities; law and justice studies; commerce; economics; education; communication and media studies; and/or rehabilitation therapies.

An entrance interview may also be required, and admission requirements vary depending on the specialization chosen.

*Note: Macquarie offers recognition of prior learning or experience which could result in credit toward the course. Please contact OzTREKK for details.

Admission Timeline

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