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    Master of Public Health

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Program Level

    Master by Course Work

    Study Type

    Full Time


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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 1.5 years
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 39,280  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Master of Public Health


    Take the next step in your health career with a degree aligned with the standards dictated by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions in Australia. Tailor the Master of Public Health to fit your personal career aspirations through choosing elective subjects relevant to your career goals and interests. You may also choose to undertake a substantial research project or major in Aeromedical Retrieval.

    Take the next step in your health career with the Master of Public Health. Become equipped to address pressing public health issues relevant to tropical Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Gain an in-depth understanding of the urgent problems facing vulnerable communities and learn how to develop strategies to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases, ensuring safe and healthy environments for tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

    You will study an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge within public health to allow you to critically reflect upon and engage in professional public health practice based on ethical decision making and an evidence-based approach relevant to contemporary priorities, biostatistics, communicable disease control and public health management.

    This 1.5-year degree includes five core subjects: Tropical Public Health; Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy; Epidemiology for Public Health; Biostatistics for Public Health; and Communicable Disease Control. You can tailor this public health degree to suit your interests by choosing elective subjects that cover a broad range of topics such as infection prevention and control, human parasitology and medical entomology, social science in public health, health promotion, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, travel medicine, environmental health, and health economics.

    If you choose to and are eligible to enrol in the major in Aeromedical Retrieval, you will develop a broad understanding of the foundations of aeromedical retrieval and gain specialist skills for an exciting and rewarding career in the aeromedical retrieval area. There is also the opportunity for you to undertake a research project, conducting an in-depth investigation of an issue relevant to the public health sector and completing a high-quality dissertation.

    This course is designed in accordance to the core principles of public health as defined by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions in Australia (CAPHIA), ensuring that your knowledge and skills are aligned with industry standards.

    Upon completing the Master of Public Health, you will be ready to enhance your career and undertake leadership roles in the health sector. You will be able to apply specialised human, project and organisational management skills within a public health and policy context. Your knowledge, skills and training in professional public health practice will enable you to make ethical decisions and practise with an evidence-based approach to health, informed by recent development in the field.

    View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

    Aeromedical Retrieval Major

    By completing the Aeromedical Retrieval major as part of your MPH at James Cook University you will develop a broad understanding of the foundations of aeromedical retrieval and gain specialist skills for an exciting and rewarding career in the aeromedical retrieval area. You will gain specific skills in pre-hospital and secondary retrieval situations in accordance with Australian and international health care standards and graduate with the expertise to manage patient transportation in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters in both domestic and international contexts.
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    Master’s Degree in Public Health

    Do you care about public health? Do you want a rewarding career where you can make a real difference in the health of communities and society at large? Study for a master’s in Public Health at JCU to make yourself job-ready for the field of public health. This degree is aligned with the standards dictated by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions in Australia and will see you fully equipped to take on the world of public health. You will learn how to address public health issues in Australia and the Asia-Pacific and can tailor the degree to suit your own goals and interests with elective courses, including a major in aeromedical retrieval. Studying at James Cook University is the best choice you can make for your future and will equip you with all the skills you need to succeed in public health.

    Why Work in Public Health?

    There are endless reasons why people choose to work in public health. We have recently had to discover just how important this field is, which has made many of us realise what a huge difference you can make if you choose to enter public health. Some reasons to consider a career here include:

    • The demand for public health workers is growing and there are currently plenty of job opportunities in the field, which means you’d be entering a field with opportunity and job security
    • You get to perform valuable work and feel self-fulfilled knowing that you’re contributing to something valuable that improves the lives and health of entire communities
    • There are broad applications for public health expertise, allowing you to choose a career that aligns with your interests, whether that lies in medical, dental, social work or governmental roles
    • Public health is an innovative field, so you would be at the forefront of massive technological advancements and breakthroughs

    Career Opportunities

    Becoming a Master of Public Health opens up many career opportunities in this rewarding field. JCU graduates are highly sought after and are well-equipped for a range of different roles. The curriculum is in accordance with the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions in Australia (CAPHIA) standards, so that your knowledge is aligned with industry standards. You can go on to work in government organisations, healthcare settings, community settings and non-profit organisations. The most relevant roles will focus on protecting the health of the population, prevention of disease and promoting health and wellbeing.

    Choosing JCU to Become a Master of Public Health in QLD

    If you’re looking to do an MBA in Public Health or a master’s in Public Health in Queensland, JCU is the ideal option. This master’s offers flexible study options where you can choose to study at the Townsville campus or online, full-time or part-time, and can combine your degree in public health with one in Business Administration or Global Development. You can also choose the elective subjects that best align with your interests and career goals. This is the #1 master’s degree in Public Health in Queensland for full-time employment and median graduate salary, which means JCU graduates have excellent career outcomes. Apply today through the JCU online application portal.
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    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Master of Public Health.

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent

    English language requirements

    Band 2

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    JCU Master of Public Health graduates are equipped with specialist public health skills and are employed in a wide range of settings.

    You could find employment in state and commonwealth government organisations, health care settings, community settings, non-profit and international organisations both within and beyond the health sector.

    Roles can involve work that focuses on the protection of the health of the population, prevention of poor health outcomes and promotion of health and wellbeing.

    You can also complete the Master of Public Health as a joint degree with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or the Master of Public Health- Master of Global Development.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 39,280 

    How to Apply

    STEP 1: Choose and research your course

    STEP 2: Prepare your documents

    STEP 3: Lodge your application

    STEP 4: Accept your offer

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