Master of Global Public Health

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1.5 to 2 years full-time
4 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$10,500.00* per year (more)
* 2023 indicative annual CSP fee

Admission requirements

  • Related Bachelor degree or higher


Commencing in

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

Next start date

Trimester 1, 2023 (more)

Applications close

Monday, 13 February 2023

About this program

This program helps you to develop and further your career in public health practice, research and/or management. It allows you to re-orient your work interests in health to disease prevention and health promotion and is widely recognised both nationally and internationally as the public health credential for careers in public health.

The program focuses on the socio-ecological model of public health that emphasises and analyses the important interactions between the social, biological, economic and environmental determinants of health. They enable you to apply this analytical skill set to plan, implement and evaluate population based interventions that protect and promote health.

The program has a strong focus on global health and provides you with the opportunity to focus your public health studies by selecting from a range of electives in areas such as public health nutrition, health promotion, climate change, international health, environmental health, and health services management.


The Master of Global Public Health offers a range of different durations depending on your previous studies:

If you have: You may be eligible to complete this program in:
Bachelor, related discipline 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Graduate Certificate, related discipline 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (with 40 credit points of advanced standing or credit)

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
3147 Graduate Certificate in Public Health Gold Coast, Online Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
5263 Master of Public Health Gold Coast, Online Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
5725 Master of Global Public Health (this program) Gold Coast, Online Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
4094 Graduate Diploma of Public Health Gold Coast, Online Exit point only

Note: Progression is dependent upon satisfying admission requirements.

Attendance information

The Master of Global Public Health is offered full-time and part-time; fully online and on-campus (at the Gold Coast campus).

You will be classed as a part-time student if you are enrolled in less than 30 credit points per trimester. As a part-time student, you will generally attend 6 hours of scheduled classes per week.

As a full-time student, you will generally attend 12 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester.

Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week, on weekends or as an intensive block (one to two weeks) to accommodate part-time and working students unavailable to attend classes during the day.

The Master of Global Public Health is offered fully online. You can access course materials, participate in learning activities, lodge assessment items and access support services via Learning@Griffith. There is no requirement for on-campus attendance and access to a reliable computer with internet connection is essential. If it suits you, some courses may be taken at the Gold Coast campus.

This program can be accelerated and completed over a period of 1.5 years.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

In this program, students undertaking the Coursework option must choose 7707MED Public Health Practice. Students taking the Research option must choose the MPH dissertation. In addition, students have the option to choose 7417MED International Public Health Practice and/or 7418MED Asia-Pacific Public Health Field Tour as part of their advanced studies into Global Public Health. These courses enable students to develop field research, investigation and analysis skills through experience of public health in practice. Students undertaking the 40 credit point MPH dissertation may undertake a supervised research project in conjunction with an industry partner.

My career opportunities

There are diverse career opportunities for professionals interested in moving into the public health field, developing health research skills and/or furthering competency development in public health practice areas such as:

  • International health
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Health program planning and evaluation
  • Health promotion
  • Health policy
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Environmental health management
  • Maternal and child health
  • Public health nutrition.

You will be prepared for a variety of career opportunities with state and federal health departments, in public health units/teams, community health, local government, and in academia. Public health graduates are also highly sought after by NGO health agencies and international aid agencies.

Professional recognition

As a graduate of the Master of Global Public Health, you will be eligible for membership of the following professional bodies:

Professional Practice requirements

There are placements associated with this program and before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to have completed the following by the end of their first trimester of study:

  • Vaccinations and Health Tests
  • Licenses and Certificates
  • Online Training
  • Health Placement Requirements

Students should refer to the checklist of professional practice requirements for their Health discipline on the Health Placement Support Hub for full details of the requirements regarding professional placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Pathways to further study

Students who successfully complete the Dissertation pathway in the Master of Public Health (5263) or Master of Global Public Health (5725) will be eligible to apply for entry to a Higher Degree Research (HDR) program. The level of achievement in the Dissertation and the overall Masters program will determine which HDR program the graduate is eligible to apply for entry.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Master of Global Public Health (5725)

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Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Further information

Additional fee information

This postgraduate program has Commonwealth Supported Places. If you are eligible, the Australian Government will contribute to the cost of this program but you will also be required to make a contribution.

Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places and all places have been filled for the current admission period, applicants who meet minimum program entry requirements may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place if such places are available.