Master of Public Health Advanced


Programme Description

Course summary

The Master of Public Health Advanced is designed to provide more options for graduate public health studies. It has the same structure of the Master of Public Health, with the additional requirement of a second specialisation of advanced study - an additional 24 credit points of either coursework or research studies. This allows you to tailor your learning to your career aspirations.

This is a flexible degree designed to give you a broad introduction to public health while equipping you with the skills and knowledge to define, critically assess and resolve public health issues within a community.

If you choose not to complete the Master of Public Health Advanced, you have the option to exit early with a Master of Public Health (international or domestic students) or an appropriate Graduate Certificate (domestic students only).

What you will study

This flexible and interest-driven program allows you to develop, analyse and implement policy, plan and evaluate health services and programs whilst working towards your career goals. The program is structured in a manner that responds to the constantly changing health and social issues both at the local and international level. The following specialisations are available:

  • Health Promotion
  • Public Health Nutrition*
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health Research

* Subject to final approval, the Public Health Nutrition specialisation will be renamed 'Food and Health'.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines of public health or its sub-disciplines.
  2. Demonstrate specialist knowledge of and critically analyse the social determinants of health including local, national, global, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander considerations.
  3. Apply appropriate research methods and techniques to critically analyse and evaluate population health information to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to complex public health problems.
  4. Model leadership and advocacy skills for the promotion, development and support of efficient and equitable gains in health outcomes.
  5. Reflect and apply appropriate ethical, professional, public and personal behaviours within a range of contexts relevant to public health and its specialisations.
  6. Analyse and interpret health information and effectively communicate to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriate technologies and communication networks.

Course Structure

To qualify for an award of the degree, the Master of Public Health Advanced, a candidate must successfully complete at least 96 credit points including:

  • 48 credit points of core public health subjects;
  • 24 credit points for a selected specialisation; and
  • 24 credit points for a second specialisation.

Core Subjects

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
HAS 820 * Academic Skills for Postgraduate Social Science Students 6 Autumn, Spring
HAS 943 Health in All Policies 6 Autumn
HAS 944 Social Complexities and Health 6 Autumn
HAS 947 Introduction to Epidemiology 6 Autumn
HAS 945 Introduction to Biostatistics 6 Spring
HAS 946 Health Research Methodology II 6 Spring
HAS 948 Health Promotion 6 Spring
HAS 903 * Independent Study 6 Autumn, Spring

* Please note:

  • HAS 820 is to be completed in the first session of study.
  • HAS 903 is to be completed in the final session of study.
  • Students who intend to undertake the Public Health Research specialisation do not need to complete HAS 903 and should select an alternate subject in consultation with the Academic Programme Director.


There are five specialisations available for the Master of Public Health Advanced.

  • Health Promotion (24 credit points);
  • Food and Health (24 credit points);
  • Public Health Research (24 credit points);
  • Work Health and Safety (24 credit points); and
  • Health Informatics (24 credit points)

Why choose this course

UOW is home to public health researchers who are leaders in their field in Australia and internationally. Our academics will supervise you to build your own research career through our public health projects and our research seminar series. At UOW you will have the opportunity to develop your practical public health skills and professional networks so that you are competitive in the workforce.

Accreditation & professional recognition

Graduates of the Master of Public Health qualify for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.


Admission to the Master of Public Health Advanced requires a Bachelor degree from any discipline.

Credit for Prior Learning

Applicants with the following qualifications may be admitted to the Master of Public Health with 24 credit points of credit, enabling completion of the course with 1.5 years equivalent full-time study:

  • Honours Bachelor degree in Public Health or a related discipline;
  • A UOW Graduate Certificate in Public Health;
  • A UOW Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, or
  • Bachelor degree with a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.

Credit for specific subjects will be granted following consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Students enrolled in the Master of Public Health, who have completed at least 24 credit points with at least a Credit average, may apply for transfer to the Master of Public Health Advanced with full credit for completed studies.

English Requirements for international students

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

IELTS Academic

  • Overall Score: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.0
  • Writing: 6.0
  • Listening: 6.0
  • Speaking: 6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

  • Overall Score: 86
  • Reading: 18
  • Writing: 18
  • Listening: 17
  • Speaking: 17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Last updated Jan 2020

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