Why study the Master of Public Health with UTS Online

Above world standard for Excellence in Research in Australia for Public Health & Health Services¹

Top 100 University Globally2

#9 Best University Under 50 in the World3

5+ stars for excellence across all 8 categories4


¹ERA 4/5, 2018  ²QS Rankings, 2024  3THE Young University Rankings, 2023  4QS Stars Rating 2021–2024

Who should study this course?

The 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 improve the quality of public health programs at a local, national or global level.

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.


See Entry requirements under course information for more eligibility information.

Choose your pathway

Tailor your degree with a specialisation from the list below or choose to ‘mix and match’ electives relevant to you through the ‘Flex’ stream.

Want to learn more about the online Master of Public Health specialisations?

Not only do we have the right tools to help you in your studies, we also have a student support team who care about your success.

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What you will study

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 general pathway with no major, and select four additional electives to comprise the total amount of credit points required for this course.

You also have the option to study the Graduate Certificate in Public Health  or the Graduate Diploma in Public Health, separately. 

The UTS Online Graduate Certificate in Public Health consists of four subjects (24 CP), and offers specialisation pathways in Communicable Disease  or Health Analytics.  

The specialisation pathway descriptions and subjects are listed below:

Core Subjects

Students undertaking the masters course must complete all core study periods and select from four additional electives, with consideration of credit points. Alternatively, complete all eight core study periods to achieve 48 credit points and graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Public Health.

  • 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

Studying a general public health masters pathway will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of public and population health. You’ll have the opportunity to select from a range of electives that further enhance your capabilities to improve the safety and quality of healthcare and services.

See full list of available electives below:

  • Advanced Biostatistics* (6 CP)
  • Advanced Epidemiology** (6 CP)
  • Foundations of the Australian Healthcare Systems (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)
  • Python Programming for Data Processing (6CP)
  • 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)

*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.

Data Analytics (major)

This major provides you with critical knowledge that public health practitioners and health researchers need concerning epidemiology, biostatistics, qualitative research and visual analytics. Studying these electives will provide you with critical skills to effectively lead, evaluate and improve global health systems and services. 

Health Analytics major electives:

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

*Fundamentals of Biostatistics is a prerequisite for this subject.
**Fundamentals of Epidemiology is a prerequisite for this subject.

Leadership (sub-major)

Focussed on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of health and social care by innovating and driving change, this sub-major is for those who want to develop the knowledge and skills required to lead individual staff, teams, services and/or systems.

Leadership sub-major electives:

  • Health Systems and Change (6 CP)
  • Implementing and Evaluating Change (6 CP)
  • Plus 12 credit points from electives

Program structure

UTS Online’s Master of Public Health course comprises 12 online subjects and can be completed in as little as two years.
This course allows you to tailor your studies and transform your career goals, by selecting from a diverse range of electives and majors that align to your expertise and interests in public health.

Choose to major in data analytics, sub-major in leadership, or customise your pathway without a major and select from advanced electives that span data analytics, leadership and health services management.

Graduate Certificate in Health Analytics
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (6 CP)
  • Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3 CP) + Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (3 CP)
  • Data Visualisation and Visual Analytics (6 CP)
  • Choice of elective (6 CP)
Graduate Certificate in Public Health
  • Foundations of Public Health (3 CP) + Indigenous Public Health (3 CP)
  • Social Perspectives in Public Health (6 CP)
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (6 CP)
  • Choice of elective (6 CP)

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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE |
4 SUBJECTS | 8 MONTHS

or, continue studying

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GRADUATE DIPLOMA |
+4 SUBJECTS | 16 MONTHS

or, continue studying

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MASTER’S |
+4 SUBJECTS | 24 MONTHS

graduate with a master's degree

Career Outcomes

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
Graduate Certificate in Public Health & Communicable Disease
  • Foundations of Public Health (3 CP) + Indigenous Public Health (3 CP) 
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (6 CP)
  • Communicable Disease (6 CP)
  • Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3 CP) + Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (3 CP)

Upcoming study periods

UTS Online courses have six intakes per year. The diagram below shows all upcoming
intakes, with the next intake highlighted in blue.

Course information

Graduate Certificate
Description of the Course + 4 Number of units or continue studying

The UTS Master of Health Services Management prepares leaders in health and social care who want to drive change and create safer, higher value and more equitable health systems and services. 

English Language Requirement

English language requirements apply to both international and domestic students. Please refer to the UTS English language requirements for further information on how to satisfy the requirements for the course/s.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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

Entry requirements

To gain entry into the Master of Public Health course, applicants must have completed an Australian Bachelor degree or overseas equivalent or higher.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria, such as applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree but whom have recent relevant work experience may be considered eligible for admission in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. These applicants must present evidence of a capacity to undertake tertiary study via submission of a CV which may include details of completion of hospital or college certificates and professional or staff development.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your previous studies or employment experience can be acknowledged as credit towards your online postgraduate studies, provided that it meets the 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.

To see if you may be eligible to receive recognition of prior learning, speak with an Enrolment Advisor today.

FEE-HELP

To assist with all or some of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their tuition fees.

To check your eligibility, feel free to speak with an Enrolment Advisor today.

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Graduate Diploma
All units from the Graduate Certificate + 4 Diploma units or continue studying

The Graduate Diploma focuses on giving you the foundational skills that industry demands plus the soft skills to influence business decisions at senior management levels. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in just over a year, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Business Analytics. 

Master of Health Services Management
All subjects from the Graduate Certificate + 8 subjects from the Master of Health Services Management

The UTS Master of Health Services Management prepares leaders in health and social care who want to drive change and create safer, higher value and more equitable health systems and services. 

One of our Student Enrolment Advisors can assist you with more information, including alternative pathways.

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