Public health

Public healthWhy study public health?

We offer postgraduate coursework programs in public health to Master-level study. Our degrees are internationally recognised, and are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil the Australian Competencies for Master of Public Health Graduates.  A Master of Public Health degree will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills for practise in the public health field including the design, implementation and assessment of effective public health, health policy and health promotion programs, enabling you to work in a wide variety of government and non-government public health settings.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in government, non-government organisation, community health services, hospitals, research bodies, and public health and health promotion agencies.

Courses

Local students

2017

Master of Health Sciences

Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to conduct applied research in health or community services settings (thesis stream) and to develop, implement and evaluate health-related programs and services.

It offers opportunities to learn more about a variety of specialities in the health field, to strengthen analytical skills and to consider furthering knowledge through research. The course aims to meet the needs of health professionals who have assumed or are likely to assume high-level responsibility for coordination and management of these programs and services.

At the time of applying, students are able to choose from the following majors: health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, health promotion and gerontology, gerontology, plus rehabilitation counselling, spiritual care and palliative care.
Professional recognition
Graduates may qualify for registration with the appropriate professional association. These include the Australasian College of Health Service Management, the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors.
Prerequisite
Admission requirements vary depending on your choice of major. Normally, applicants should have a three-year undergraduate degree in health sciences or a related field and at least two years of professional experience in the health or related sector.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$23,000 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Some majors are held at our City Campus. Please check with the Faculty for further information.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017. You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 231KB] with your application.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 673KB] with your application.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Health Sciences (Master)City

Master of Public Health

Duration :
2 years full-time or 3-5 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
If you're a professional, currently working in the health setting and want to expand your career into senior roles, this program is designed for you.

The Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised professional qualification in public health that enables you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings. This is a comprehensive, stand-alone degree, with both research and practice pathways. A distinctive feature is that you are trained according to the Foundation Competencies for Public Health Graduates in Australia.

It includes eight core public health subjects, after which you will have the choice to complete the degree in either research mode or practice mode.
Prerequisite
Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a health sciences discipline plus a minimum of two years of relevant career experience. Students without a degree but with significant experience are welcome to apply.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$23,500 per 120 credit points.
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are also available. Please note: CSPs are not available for mid-year entry.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017. You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 231KB] with your application.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 673KB] with your application.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Public Health (Master)City

Master of Public Health and Master of International Development

Duration :
2.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
This double Master's program is ideal for those interested in careers in international health policy, global health and development. It will prepare you to pursue a range of global career options.

If you're working in health and development, this course offers a solid foundation in public health and can help you progress into policy areas in international health.

You can choose to complete the degree in either research or practice modes once you've completed core subjects in both degrees. You can also choose to broaden your options by studying up to two subjects at other universities.

The Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised and transportable qualification. You may find opportunities for industry placements in the United States and Mexico and, as a graduate, you'll be equipped with the unique knowledge, skills and perspectives essential for working effectively in a range of international contexts.

Graduates are prepared for a range of senior management roles in the public and private sectors, and can choose to move into careers in government and non-government organisations, community health services, hospitals, private organisations, research bodies and public health and health promotion agencies - locally and overseas.
Professional recognition
The Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised and transportable qualification and meets the foundation competencies for Master of Public Health graduates in Australia.
Prerequisite
To be eligible for entry, students will normally have completed an undergraduate degree in a health-related discipline and have at least two years' experience in a health or health-related field. Applicants will need to have a minimum grade average of 70% for previous qualifications to be considered for the double degree.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$21,500 per 120 credit points.
Costs
There may be some further costs associated with fieldwork/visits.
Additional information
Placements are sometimes arranged as a part of the program, and interaction with appropriate NGOs and government agencies occurs during the teaching program. All students must complete a minor thesis or project based in an appropriate setting.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017. You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 231KB] with your application.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 673KB] with your application.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Public Health/International DevelopmentMelbourne
Public Health/International DevelopmentFranklin Street

Master of Public Health/Master of Health Administration

Duration :
2.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
If you are currently working in the health services setting and want to expand your career into senior health management roles and to develop comprehensive skills in the theory and practice of both public health and health services management, this course is designed for you. You will be prepared for future health services management roles that deal with the needs of the ageing population, integration of healthcare delivery systems, technological innovations and a increasing complex regulatory environment. You will complete nine subjects (135 credit points) from the Master of Health Administration program and twelve subjects (180 credit points) from the Master of Public Health program. You will be required to complete compulsory subjects and electives to cover essential areas. Electives can be selected from a combination of the two courses' subjects.
Professional recognition
The Master of Public Health component meets the foundation competencies for Master of Public Health graduates in Australia. The Master of Health Administration component is accredited
by the Australasian College of Health Service Management and the Royal Australian College of Medical Administration.
Prerequisite
Three-year undergraduate degree and at least two years' professional experience in the health system. Applicants are also required to submit a one-page statement of their reasons for applying, with two supporting references.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$23,500 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
The Master of Public Health component of the course is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of public health theory, as outlined in the Foundation Competencies for Master of Public Health Graduates in Australia, please see www.phaa.net.au
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017. You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 231KB] with your application.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 673KB] with your application.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Public Health/Health AdministrationFranklin Street

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction on postgraduate course fees.

International students

2017

Master of Health Sciences (075420D)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
32 000
Campus
Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to conduct applied research in health or community services settings (thesis stream) and to develop, implement and evaluate health-related programs and services.

It offers opportunities to learn more about a variety of specialities in the health field, to strengthen analytical skills and to consider furthering knowledge through research. The course aims to meet the needs of health professionals who have assumed or are likely to assume high-level responsibility for coordination and management of these programs and services.

At the time of applying, students are able to choose from the following majors: health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, health promotion and gerontology, gerontology, plus rehabilitation counselling, spiritual care and palliative care.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants are normally required to hold a three-year undergraduate degree in health sciences or a related field, and have at least two years of work experience in health or a related sector. Applicants without formal qualifications but who have relevant experience and skills should discuss their eligibility with the Course Coordinator. Applicants for the Health Information Management major must have a degree or approved international equivalent in health information management.
Minimum grade average equivalent to 70% in previous qualifications if in a related field of study or 75% if previous study is in non-related field.
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional information
Applicants must review the Supplementary checklist for required documents to submit with their application.

Available majors only: Health Administration, Health Policy, Health Evaluation and Research. Most majors are held at Franklin Street Campus, please check with Faculty for further information. As this Campus is located in the CBD, you might like to consider finding accommodation closer to your campus.
Professional recognition
Completion of this course qualifies students for registration with the appropriate professional association depending on their specialisation.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Health Sciences (Master)City

Master of Public Health (019986G)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
33 000
Campus
Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
If you're a professional, currently working in the health setting and want to expand your career into senior roles, this program is designed for you.

The Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised professional qualification in public health that enables you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings. This is a comprehensive, stand-alone degree, with both research and practice pathways. A distinctive feature is that you are trained according to the Foundation Competencies for Public Health Graduates in Australia.

It includes eight core public health subjects, after which you will have the choice to complete the degree in either research mode or practice mode.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree, or approved international equivalent, in a health discipline. You are expected to have at least two years of work experience in a health related field. A medical internship may count towards this work experience requirement. If you do not have a degree but who have significant experience are welcome to apply.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional information
Please note this course is held at the Franklin Street Campus, which is located in the CBD. You might want to find accommodation closer to your campus.

Applicants must review the Supplementary checklist for required documents to submit with their application. Applications for this course close late November.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Public Health (Master)City

Master of Public Health and Master of International Development (019986G/079183B)

Duration :
2.5 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
32 000
Campus
Melbourne, Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
This double Master's program is ideal for those interested in careers in international health policy, global health and development. It will prepare you to pursue a range of global career options.

If you're working in health and development, this course offers a solid foundation in public health and can help you progress into policy areas in international health.

You can choose to complete the degree in either research or practice modes once you've completed core subjects in both degrees. You can also choose to broaden your options by studying up to two subjects at other universities.

The Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised and transportable qualification. You may find opportunities for industry placements in the United States and Mexico and, as a graduate, you'll be equipped with the unique knowledge, skills and perspectives essential for working effectively in a range of international contexts.

Graduates are prepared for a range of senior management roles in the public and private sectors, and can choose to move into careers in government and non-government organisations, community health services, hospitals, private organisations, research bodies and public health and health promotion agencies - locally and overseas.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
To be eligible for entry, students will normally have completed an undergraduate degree in a health-related discipline and have at least two years of experience in a health or health-related field. Applicants will need to have a minimum grade average of 70% for previous qualifications to be considered for the double degree.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional costs
There may be some further costs associated with fieldwork/visits.
Additional information
You must review the Supplementary checklist for required documents to submit with you application.
Professional recognition
The Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised and transportable qualification and meets the foundation competencies for Master of Public Health graduates in Australia.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Public Health/International DevelopmentMelbourne
Public Health/International DevelopmentFranklin Street

Master of Public Health/Master of Health Administration (019986G/059701F)

Duration :
2.5 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
34 000
Campus
Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
If you are currently working in the health services setting and want to expand your career into senior health management roles and to develop comprehensive skills in the theory and practice of both public health and health services management, this course is designed for you. You will be prepared for future health services management roles that deal with the needs of the ageing population, integration of healthcare delivery systems, technological innovations and a increasing complex regulatory environment. You will complete nine subjects (135 credit points) from the Master of Health Administration program and twelve subjects (180 credit points) from the Master of Public Health program. You will be required to complete compulsory subjects and electives to cover essential areas. Electives can be selected from a combination of the two courses' subjects.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
A three-year undergraduate degree and a minimum of two years professional experience in the health system.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional information
Please note this course is held at the Franklin Street Campus, which is located in the CBD. You might like to consider finding accommodation close to your campus.

Applicants must review the Supplementary checklist for required documents to submit with their application. Applications for this course close late November.
Professional recognition
The Master of Public Health is an internationally-recognised professional qualification in public health settings. The Master of Health Administration is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Public Health/Health AdministrationFranklin Street

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

Master of Health Research Methodology

You may apply if you do not have a relevant degree but have significant work experience.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Public health.