Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Master of Public Health


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Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide*

Average completion time 18 months**

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Save on your course fees

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for our April 2024 intake. With this government subsidy, there are significant fee savings on the cost of your study.

  • The cost of the Graduate Certificate with a CSP is $6,318 (normally $13,800).***
  • The cost of the Masters with a CSP is $23,427 (normally $55,200).***

Surround yourself with Australia’s best health professionals. Then become one.

Graduate Certificate of Public Health

With an increasing need for public health initiatives to prevent and protect the community from diseases, the world needs skilled professionals who understand contemporary public health research and practice. Completing the Graduate Certificate in Public Health will give you the vital skills you need to work in health systems around the world.

Choose from eight subjects, giving you the flexibility to tailor your qualification to get the job you want.

La Trobe’s online Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a nested qualification within the Master of Public Health, so after you graduate, you can build your expertise with a Master of Public Health and further expand your career pathways. Take your career to the next level in health roles in government organisations and community health services.

Master of Public Health

Make a difference as a public health leader

La Trobe’s online Master of Public Health prepares you for diverse and in-demand careers through a curriculum that examines the key principles of health promotion, protection and prevention. Thanks to our global and multidisciplinary approach, you’ll build a professional understanding of public health and be ready to create positive change for the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

You’ll be taught by public health experts who are dedicated to contributing to your academic and professional success. With their support, you’ll build crucial foundations in systems thinking, epidemiology, policy and research methods, along with the skills to gather, interpret and leverage health data to create a healthier society. When you graduate, you’ll have the advanced integrated knowledge and practical skills to investigate, critique, explain and solve complex local and global public health problems in your career. You also have the option of studying a double degree in health administration and public health.

Learning outcomes

  • Systems thinking
    Understand how the systems in our society are intrinsically linked to the health of individual people.
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
    Learn how to gather and interpret health data, and improve health outcomes for your community.
  • Approaches to public health
    Understand how theoretical principles can help you solve public health problems.
  • Policy and practice
    Learn how to create policies that can improve health outcomes and develop practices that promote better health in your community.
  • Leadership
    Develop the confidence to lead public health initiatives.

Why study La Trobe’s online Master of Public Health?

Developed in collaboration with industry partners

The degree is relevant and reflective of today’s public health workforce.

La Trobe is ranked in the top 50 best universities across East Asia, South-east Asia and Oceania

Times Higher Education (THE), 2019, Best Universities in the Asia-Pacific Region 2019

La Trobe’s clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects are ranked in the world’s top 200

Times Higher Education (THE), 2020, World University Rankings 2021 by Subject: Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health

La Trobe is ranked #45 among the world’s best young universities

Times Higher Education (THE), 2020, THE Young University Rankings 2020

About La Trobe University

At La Trobe University, we believe you need a powerful skill set beyond what you learn in a textbook. We teach you how to adapt to new situations, connect with others, take the lead and think differently, all while you learn the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career.


*Times Higher Education (THE, 2020)
**Duration is 12–24 months depending on recognition of prior learning. An 18-month course duration applies to students who have completed a cognate Bachelor’s year. Most students complete the degree in 18 months.
***Fees may vary depending on subject selection