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Master of Public Health (Extension)


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The Master of Public Health is widely recognised as essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, primary health care, policy formulation, research and management of health programs. You will extend your knowledge and skills in public health research by undertaking an advanced research project.

This Master of Public Health (Extension) degree will give you a sophisticated understanding across the complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge of public health including epidemiology, biostatistics, social determinants of health, health promotion, population research methodologies, and health program design, implementation and evaluation. You will be perfectly positioned to pursue a PhD in Public Health to further advance your career in public health research.

Commonwealth-supported places (CSP) and fee-paying (FEE) places

CSP and FEE places are available in this course. Note that CSP and FEE places have separate UAC course codes. If you wish to be considered for both a CSP and FEE place you must list both courses in order of preference.

Important: Offers are made on a rolling basis via UAC from October when domestic applications open. However, the limited CSP (Commonwealth-supported places) at UNSW Sydney are highly competitive and granted based on academic merit. Therefore, applicants who met the borderline rank will be placed on hold and will be considered at a later date. The outcome may take longer as the release of a CSP offer will depend on the availability, the acceptance rate, and the demand for the program. Applicants with a borderline rank will be notified of the outcome within 2-4 weeks prior each intake.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a CSP place. Therefore, applicants may consider adding a Fee-paying preference.

Distance courses – Important information about residency requirements

  • Commonwealth-supported place (CSP) courses: According to Australian Government regulations you are not eligible for a CSP or a HELP loan if you do not intend to undertake any units of study in Australia.
  • Fee-paying (FEE) courses: According to Australian Government regulations if you receive an offer to a FEE place and do not intend to undertake any units of study in Australia you are not eligible for a FEE-HELP loan and must pay your tuition fees in full up-front.

Admission criteria

  • Completion of the employment question in your UAC application, giving details of roles performed in your current and previous health-related employment.
  • Submission of a curriculum vitae (CV) that includes details of employment. Your CV should include the following information: employer details, job title, main duties, dates of employment, whether full-time or part-time. Upload your CV as a PDF within the UAC application.

Your application cannot be considered without this information.

Applicants are also required to have one of the following:

  • an undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management plus a minimum of two years full-time relevant professional or volunteer experience (Equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of four or more years duration (eg MBBS, MD) can be used to meet this requirement.)
  • an undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management.

Examples of fields relevant to public health or health management include, but are not restricted to medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, social work, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants with no undergraduate studies but a postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (e.g., Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master’s degree or higher) plus a minimum of five years full-time relevant professional, OR applicants who do not hold any formal academic qualifications but have extensive professional health or public health experience (e.g., hospital-trained nurses, paramedics, Aboriginal Health Workers) may be considered. A minimum of five years full-time relevant professional is required and an interview with the School may be conducted.

Indigenous Entry into School of Population Health Postgraduate Coursework Programs

The Indigenous Entry into programs in School of Population Health at UNSW redresses the imbalance of access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to population health programs.

The scheme is competitive and students who best meet the selection criteria will be considered under the alternate entry scheme and have access to a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP). The scheme is open to those who meet the criteria listed in the following link. Please fill in the Application Form and upload the relevant documents.

Also, note that a separate application form must be submitted via UAC for admission into the School of Population Health Postgraduate Coursework programs.

Both applications must be submitted before the official Final Deadlines for each term as published on the UAC portal.

Fees and charges

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Australian Government financial assistance

UNSW Sydney scholarships and financial assistance

Equity Scholarships through UAC

Further information

Read the full course details on the UNSW Sydney Degree Finder website.

Chat online with a UNSW Future Student Adviser or call (+61 2) 9385 1844.

Visit the UNSW School of Population Health website.

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