La Trobe University

Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
2.5 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
37 600

If you are currently working in a health services setting and want to expand your career into senior health management roles and 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 an increasingly 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.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. Applicants are required to have two years professional experience, which can include part-time and volunteer experience. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience.

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.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

You can further your career in the health industry and expect to have the skills to undertake senior management roles in both public and private sectors.

Professional recognition

The Master of Health Administration is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. Depending on subject choice, the Master of Health Administration is recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) as providing the theoretical underpinning to the experiential components of the Fellowship Training Program in medical administration.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

37 600


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Additional information

Please note this course is held at the City Campus (Collins Street), which is located in the CBD. You might like to consider finding accommodation close to your campus. Applicants must review the supplementary checklist [PDF 446KB] for required documents to submit with their application. Applications for this course close late November.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

CRICOS code: 019986G/069741D