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.

The Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health works closely with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), which has pioneered the integration of multi-campus university and hospital-based research.




The Master of Public Health 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.

Through innovative and applied education, this program will help you gain an understanding of contemporary public health issues, and learn practical techniques for analyzing public health problems in Australia and globally. This program provides real experience in public health through core courses designed to give you the skills you need and electives that suit your interests. Workplace-related learning can be readily incorporated for those who work in relevant public health jobs.

Key Areas of Study

  • Professional public health practice
  • Disease prevention and control
  • Health promotion
  • Health systems
  • Policy and health economics
  • Aboriginal health

Career Opportunities
As a graduate of the Master of Public Health, your skills and knowledge will prepare you for roles including

  • health educator
  • health promotion officer
  • field scientist/practitioner

You may also work across a range of public health areas including

  • public health units
  • local health districts
  • state and commonwealth departments
  • general practice
  • non-government organizations
  • academic institutions
  • United Nations agencies
  • international health, development, and humanitarian agencies

Admission Requirements

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.