Public health

Why study public health?

Public health is all about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through organised efforts and informed choices. Learn practical skills in health education and communication, health planning and management.

Public Health at La Trobe

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment in the rapidly expanding field of health promotion and public health. You may expect to work in a community health centre, community-based rehabilitation centre, geriatric care agency and private health services.


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Doctor of Philosophy

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo City Other

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 4 years4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Doctor of Public Health (Professional Doctorate)

Location: Melbourne

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 years maximum) or part-time equivalent3 years full-time (4 years maximum)

Master of Applied Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Shepparton

Start dates: See additional informationSemester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 2 years full-time, or the equivalent part-time2 years

Master of Health Sciences

Location: City

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March)

Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.2 years

Master of Public Health

Location: City

Start dates: Semester 1 (March)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 2 years

2 years full-time or 3-5 years part-time

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

Diploma of Health Sciences (Bendigo only)

Public health placements

Compulsory field placement subject in Year 3

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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