The University of Newcastle

Master of Public Health



University Location Newcastle, New South Wales
City Population 446,000
Student Population 37,000
Int'l Student Population 7,000
Main Campus Callaghan (Newcastle)
Program Campus Callaghan / Online
Program Duration 1 year
Estimated Annual Tuition $36,515 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February & July
Next Available Intake July 2022
Application Deadline No set deadline*
International Places Variable / no set limit


The aim of the Master of Public Health at the University of Newcastle is to provide you with the skills required to improve population health through appropriate planning for the health needs of populations or specific at-risk groups; the assessment of social, behavioural and environmental determinants of health and illness; the development and implementation of effective and efficient approaches to health services and programs; and the appropriate evaluation and improvement of population health services and programs using appropriate research methods.

This program will provide an opportunity for you to undertake professional development and gain a strong foundation in public health. The program will be of interest to individuals of all ages, at any stage in their career, who have a basic undergraduate degree in health and are working in, or intending to work in, the area of public health.


The Master of Public Health will provide you with a comprehensive education at a superior level. Designed for individuals who have already successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in an approved public health related discipline, you will be required to complete eight courses, four of which are compulsory:

You will be introduced to basic statistical concepts in data presentation, probability distributions, confidence intervals hypothesis testing, sample size and power. You will learn to understand statistical reasoning and its application to epidemiological studies as well as read and critically evaluate the statistical section of journal articles.

Basic concepts are learned, including the distribution and determinants of disease in specific populations and the application of this knowledge to the evaluation and control of health problems in the community.

Public health
You will learn the biological, social and environmental causes and patterns in disease in populations, as well as gain an understanding of economic and political processes in determining evidence-based interventions to address those diseases of significance within populations.

Social and ecosystem health
This course draws together two important emerging areas of public health: social determinants of health inequality and the ecosystem health perspective (ecohealth). You will come to understand the social and ecosystem causes of human disease which is essential for developing and implementing effective public health policies.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 (approximately 60% +) in an approved health-related discipline (e.g., medicine, biomedical/medical science, nursing, allied health, dentistry, psychology, veterinary science, education, law, engineering, business, commerce, science, and arts).

Applicants with a three-year undergraduate degree should possess an honours degree or additional postgraduate qualifications such as a graduate certificate or graduate diploma; or a minimum of one year’s work experience in a related field.

Admission Timeline

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