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University of Melbourne

Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) at University of Melbourne prepares students towards future careers as leaders in public health and health care. It is ideal for graduates with a record of academic achievement who gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others and who aspire to leadership roles in public health.

The program will appeal to those who want to move into the field of public health, as well as those who already work within a public health or health related field and are preparing for advancement in their organisation or field, or seeking to broaden their knowledge and skill set.

Within the course students are exposed to the core foundations of public health theory and practice and also have the opportunity to specialise in the advanced public health training streams offered through the University of Melbourne. The Master of Public Health programs at the University of Melbourne are delivered by academic staff with extensive experience and depth of knowledge, who are leaders in their chosen fields of public health.

Campus Information

Parkville campus

Our Parkville campus is a city within a city. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket, and even a seasonal farmers market, you’ll never have to leave. The Parkville campus is situated within a renowned knowledge precinct, which includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.

Intakes

  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

After Offer Acceptance, student receives ECOE ( Electronic Confirmation of Enrollment) and therafter visa is lodged.
Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The University of Melbourne runs a twice-annual mentoring programme that brings students together with alumni mentors who guide them through the career decision-making process.

Faculty-specific resources assist students in finding the most relevant careers advice for them. Students are also able to take self-assessment tests to help them determine which occupation is most suited to them.

We run workshops, one-on-one sessions, and student mentoring programs to give you the advice you need, when you need it.

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Attend a workshop or session

We run a range of workshops, seminars and events to help support your skill development and employability.

About Careers and Employability

We provide you with the resources, support, and tools you need to achieve your career goals. Learn about our approach to employability and careers.

When you start university you may already know which career path you’d like to pursue. Or, you might be exploring your unique interests, passions, and opportunities.

No matter which category you’re in, career development starts from your first day at university. Career development doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to develop a greater awareness of who you are and what you want to achieve.

At the University of Melbourne, career development is a journey that involves:

  • Understanding and reflecting on your motivations and preferences, current skills and knowledge gaps
  • Researching potential opportunities that help you develop meaningful, industry-relevant experiences
  • Goal setting and deciding on what career success means to you
  • Seeking and applying for roles that align with this vision.
  • During this process, your ability to understand and apply your knowledge will be critical in making successful career decisions. We have dedicated career advisers who can guide you through this career development journey.

What are employability skills?

Employability skills are more than just your ability to land a job. They cover your attitude, personal qualities, and transferable skills (e.g. teamwork and communication).

These skills are valued regardless of the role or industry you’re interested in—and understanding their importance can help you succeed in your career and beyond.

Our aim is to help you develop these skills so you can progress professionally in the workforce and community.

How we can help you

We provide online and in-person services: from one-on-one guidance, to learning modules, on campus workshops, and more.

We support you to:

  • Understand the possibilities open to you during and after your time at university
  • Design your career by understanding where your degree can take you, and guide you on what experiences will help you gain future employment
  • Identify your skills and how they apply to actual jobs in the industry you’re interested in
  • Find opportunities via our online jobs board and our employability programs
  • Connect with employers and professionals through our mentoring programs and industry networks
  • Navigate the job application process so your cover letter, resume, and interview style sets you up for success.
  • Our services are available to all current undergraduate and graduate University of Melbourne students.

The Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised degree and the most common pathway for people wishing to work in the field of public health. The Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne is focused on the development of skills for future work in public health.

The three different components of the degree (the core subjects, the specialisation/elective subjects, the capstone subjects) target the development of skills for a public health career in different ways; more specifically:

  • The core subjects offer each student the opportunity to learn the core aspects of working in public health, for example, every public health practitioner requires an understanding of the workings of health systems and needs to be able to identify solutions to health problems in communities. Additionally, within these core subjects vital professional skills are taught, such as communication, working in a team, and using data.
  • The specialisation/elective subjects allow students to choose their own path through the degree and develop the skills required to work in their chosen public health field. At the University of Melbourne there are ten specialisations to choose from and over 60 elective subjects.
  • The capstone subjects offer student the opportunity to apply what they have learned across the core subjects and specialisation/elective subjects in real world projects, through:
  • Completing a project in a local, national or international public health organisation, or
  • A research project under the supervision of one of the School of Population and Global Health’s academic staff and/or
  • An university-based subject in which public health professionals work with students to solve current and active public health problems.

CAREER OUTCOMES

The Master of Public Health produces industry ready graduates who go onto a varied range of career options. We often find that students come into the degree and find career options that they had never considered. Local and international students can find work in Australia and overseas, depending on their area of focus. In a recent alumni survey we found that the most common type of organisation to be employed in post-graduation were (highest to lowest):

  • Non-Government Organisations, for example international health agencies (either based in Australia or overseas) and large and small local disease specific agencies;
  • Government affiliated organisations, such as hospitals, primary health care organisation, large international health organisations;
  • Government (Local, State and Federal);
  • Universities and Research Institutions;
  • Private companies, usually based in Australia. These can be the larger consulting firms, smaller health focused consulting firms, health communication companies or the pharmaceutical industry.

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 years PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • You need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree, either from the University of Melbourne, another Australian institution, or a university overseas. You also need to meet English language requirements and be eligible to be offered an international graduate place.
  • If you've achieved high marks in your Melbourne undergraduate studies you can even be made an early offer. Depending on your previous studies and experience you could also be eligible for credit towards your studies at the University.

TOEFL – you need a score from a minimum of 577+ including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test. Or a score of at least 79 and scores of at least 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.

IELTS – you need a score from a minimum of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.