The University of Western Australia

Master of Public Health



University Location Perth, Western Australia
City Population 2.1 million
Student Population 28,000
Int'l Student Population 7,900
Main Campus Crawley
Program Campus Crawley
Program Duration 1.5 – 2 years*
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$42,900 (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February & July
Next Available Intake July 2024
Application Deadline No set deadline**


At the University of Western Australia, the School of Population and Global Health is a leading research, teaching and service organization whose work influences health policies and practices.

As a Master of Public Health student at UWA, you will gain a strong foundation in the core fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, qualitative research methods, health economics and health promotion, plus the broader social context in which health programs are planned, delivered, and evaluated.


This course is available by coursework; coursework and 12-point project; coursework and 24-point dissertation; or coursework and 24-point practicum.

The 12-point unit is a substantial research project which can be completed as an alternative to the 24-point dissertation. The project gives you practice and experience in synthesizing the skills you have learned during the Master of Public Health. You may choose a research project that includes conducting a review of a body of scientific literature, writing a literature review and a detailed project proposal, development of instruments, an ethics committee application and preparing an analysis plan.

The practicum offers you the opportunity to work with prospective employers, apply theoretical knowledge to the real world and gain valuable workplace experience.

You will develop observational skills; relevant practical skills including project management, information and time management skills; lateral thinking and problem solving skills; literacy and communication skills; as well as skills in professional behaviour and responsibility, and ethical conduct.

A 24-point dissertation represents the equivalent of one semester of full-time study and involves original research under supervision to develop a paper for publication in a scientific journal. The dissertation gives you practice and experience in defining a clear research question, preparing a formal research proposal, conducting a review of a body of scientific literature and formal writing at a professional standard.

Some dissertation projects involve detailed statistical or qualitative analysis and interpretation of a body of data. You may collect original data specifically for the research or may analyze existing data in an original manner. Other dissertation projects are based on the analysis of published documents. Should you choose to undertake such a dissertation, you will be expected to collate, integrate and appraise critically the relevant literature, and evaluate current practice and policy in light of the literature.

*If you’re interested in the 2-year program, this will include a specialization and allow you to apply for a post-study work visa.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have an undergraduate degree with weighted average mark of at least 2.0/4.0, or a Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies, or an equivalent qualification as recognized by UWA.

Admission Timeline

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