Master of Public Health

Approved Abbreviation: MPubHlth

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4702.3

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 014002E

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in the course was 2020 or later.

Commencement Year 2016 - 4702.2 Master of Public Health

Commencement Year 2015 - 4702.1 Master of Public Health

Commencement Year 2010 - 2014 - 4571.3 Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health focuses on the comprehensive assessment of all determinants of health, which include broader social and environmental factors in addition to physical risk factors. Learning opportunities are aimed at developing the essential knowledge and required skills to effectively assess and respond to emerging public health issues, including evaluation of public health programs and disaster planning and management. Graduates of this course will be exposed to academic and industry leaders who share their experience and knowledge to facilitate insight into the contemporary public health issues. Students will develop skills, scholarship and professional development in the fields of health policy, social determinants of health, epidemiology, biostatistics, applied research and evidenced-based practice, as well as an understanding of recent developments in the discipline.

The Master of Public Health is a 2-year program, however, students may seek advanced standing to enrol in 1-year or 1.5-year programs, based on an assessment of their undergraduate degree and professional experience.

Study Mode
Two years full-time, four years part-time. One and a half years full time or one year full time programs are also available, depending upon entry qualifications (see Pathways listed under Course Structure below).


Master of Public Health (160 credit points)

Applicants must have either

An undergraduate, master or doctoral degree in any discipline


A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in any discipline and three years full-time equivalent work experience in a relevant health-related discipline.

Master of Public Health (120 credit points)

Applicants must have either

An undergraduate degree in a health-related discipline


A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in a relevant health-related discipline and three years full-time equivalent work experience in a relevant health-related discipline.

Master of Public Health (80 credit points)

Applicants must have

An undergraduate honours, master or doctoral degree in a relevant health-related discipline.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office. International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your course.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your course, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you:

1. Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one

2. Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history

3. Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements

4. Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as:

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire course.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is an optional work component available in this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the course but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation. For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure


A4056Master of Public Health - 2-year program
A4057Master of Public Health - 1.5-year program
A4058Master of Public Health - 1-year program

Further information on recommended progression please click the below link

Postgraduate Public Health Progression

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