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University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Master of Public Health

The UTS Online Master of Public Health is designed for professionals who are passionate about creating positive change for population and community health, and are looking to advance their skills to gain a global perspective in public health. Students will develop specialist knowledge and skills that span health data, education and promotion, and graduate ready to develop public health programs at a local, national or global level.

  • Offering a diverse range of electives, spanning data analytics, leadership and health services management, you’ll equip yourself with the advanced skills that are applicable to a multitude of health contexts. You’ll have the choice to select a general pathway, or choose to major in data analytics, or sub-major in leadership, allowing you to tailor your studies to your career goals.
  • Delivered 100% online, with part-time study, this course enables you to work full-time while developing a comprehensive understanding of public health theory and research to inform best practice standards in the evolving global environment. Immediately apply what you learn to make a greater impact in your current role and future-proof your career. 

Students of this course have backgrounds in varying industries and may be specialists in fields such as nursing, psychology, optometry, sociology, physiotherapy, and exercise science, biomedical science, data analytics or communication in roles such as:

  • Registered Nurse
  • ICU Doctor
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacist 
  • Sociologist 
  • Pediatrician 
  • Psychologist
  • Pathologist
  • Data Analyst
  • Program Officer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist 
  • Research Assistant 
  • Graphic Designer
  • Physiotherapist

The Master of Public Health comprises 12 online subjects (72 credit points (CP) in total) - eight core subjects and four electives. You have the option to follow one of the listed specialisation pathways, or you may choose to study a 'no specialisation' pathway, and select four additional electives to comprise the total amount of credit points required for this course.

Core subjects in all pathways

  • Foundations in Public Health (3 CP) + Indigenous Public Health (3 CP)
  • Global Health Systems (3 CP) + Planetary Health (3 CP)
  • Social Perspectives in Public Health (6 CP)
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (6 CP)
  • Non-communicable Disease (6 CP)
  • Communicable Disease (6 CP)
  • Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3 CP) + Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (3 CP)
  • Health Promotion (6 CP)

Master of Public Health electives

  • Advanced Biostatistics* (6 CP)
  • Advanced Epidemiology** (6 CP)
  • Foundations of the Australian Healthcare System (6 CP)
  • Using Health Care Data for Decision Making (6 CP)
  • Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care (6 CP)
  • Contemporary Approaches to Digital Health (6 CP)
  • Fundamentals of Health Information Management (6 CP)
  • Health Systems and Change (6 CP)
  • Improving Safety and Quality in Health Care (6 CP)
  • Leading Health and Social Care (6 CP)
  • Managing Quality, Risk and Cost in Health Care (6 CP)
  • Organisational Management in Health Care (6 CP)
  • Planning and Evaluating Health Services (6 CP)
  • Quality and Safety Improvement Methods (6 CP)
  • Systems and Services Innovation (6 CP)
  • Foundations of Business Analytics (3 CP) + Data Processing Using SAS (3 CP)
  • Data Visualisation and Visual Analytics (6 CP)
  • Data Processing Using R (3 CP) + Data Processing Using Python (3 CP)
  • Enabling Enterprise Information Systems (6 CP)
  • Database (6 CP)
  • Data Ethics and Regulation (6 CP)
  • Accounting Practices and Tools (3 CP)
  • Sustainable Enterprise in Dynamic Systems (3 CP)
  • Delivering Customer Value (3 CP)
  • Applied Financial Management (3 CP)
  • Foundation Studio (6 CP)
  • Customer Analytics (6 CP)
  • Machine Learning (6 CP)
  • Innovation Studio (12 CP)
  • Financial Analytics (6 CP)

Data Analytics major electives

  • Advanced Biostatistics* (6 CP)
  • Advanced Epidemiology** (6 CP)
  • Data Visualisation and Visual Analytics (6 CP)
  • Plus 6 credit points from electives

Leadership sub-major electives

  • Health Systems and Change (6 CP)
  • Leading Health and Social Care (6 CP)
  • Plus 12 credit points from electives

*Fundamentals of Biostatistics is a prerequisite for this subject.
**Fundamentals of Epidemiology is a prerequisite for this subject.
Note: Students may also select electives from the UTS Online Advanced Nursing course, provided they meet the specific eligibility criteria for these subjects. Schedule a call with a Student Enrolment Advisor to learn more.

To gain entry into the Master of Public Health course, applicants must have completed a UTS-recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrate the potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree, but who have extensive relevant work experience in a healthcare or human services field may be considered eligible.

Alternative admissions pathways may be available.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee an offer of a place.

English Language Requirement
The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, Internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Your previous studies can be acknowledged as credit towards your online postgraduate studies, provided that it meets relevant course requirements. If you receive a UTS offer of enrolment, and you’ve undertaken previous studies at another institution, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning. UTS doesn’t determine recognition of prior learning until an offer of enrolment is accepted.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Public Health, graduates will have a broad scope of job roles available to them. You will be well equipped to work in a range of public health roles within government or private sectors, as well as in not-for-profit organisations. Disciplines may include areas such as environmental health, epidemiology, health education, health policy, and health promotion.

The types of roles in public health include: 

  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Community Health and Wellbeing Officer
  • NGO Manager
  • Associate Professor in Epidemiology 
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Health Policy Advisor
  • Health Educator
  • Communicable Disease Analyst
  • Infection Preventionist
  • Occupational Health Specialist
  • Disease Preparedness Researcher
  • Medical Writer

2023 academic year student fees shown are subject to change. You may also be required to pay student amenities fees. Contact the university directly to confirm.

Fees shown are per unit. The number of units are listed below fees. Together they indicate the total fees for the course.

FEE-HELP loans are available to assist eligible full-fee paying domestic students with the cost of a university course.

Key Facts
  • Study Mode: Online
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $3,096 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 12 units
  • Start Date: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct