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International Public Health

Master of International Public Health


  Master of International Public Health
Course code MAINPUHE2000
CRICOS code 054758G
Degree Abbreviation MIntPH
Credit points required to complete 48
Time to complete full-time 1 year
Time to complete part-time 1.5 to 4 years


International Public Health emphasises a modern approach to public health in low- and middle-income countries. It aims to ensure students can work productively in public health in an international context, particularly in developing countries, through an understanding of the distribution and determinants of disease and health and the social and cultural contexts in which disease and health are embedded. Students will also learn about health systems and policies and interventions for effective disease prevention and control.

Course outcomes

The course focuses on themes such as: causes of ill-health and mortality; infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases; nutrition; maternal and child health; health policy and health system strengthening; project management; and research methods.

Further Information

The course comprises 30 credit points of core units of study and 18 credit points of electives. The core comprises two research methods units, two units covering the fundamentals of international health and a capstone unit, which usually involves developing a practical plan for implementing a health-related project in a developing country. Of the 18 credit points of electives, at least 6 credit points must be chosen from international health units. The remaining 12 credit points of electives can be chosen from international health units or from a wide range of units offered by other courses in the School of Public Health. With special permission, students may also choose electives from outside the School.

All core units of study and international health electives are available face-to-face. Several elective units are taught as intensive 2-day or 4-day workshops. Note that all core units and many (but not all) electives are also taught online, which means that students who wish to do so can complete the MIPH degree entirely online.

Further enquiries

Professor Robert Cumming
Phone: +61 2 9036 6407

Associate Professor Mu Li
Phone: +61 2 9351 5996