Public Health

Further your career and learn to think creatively about policies and practices that prevent disease and promote health.

From fighting new and emerging infectious diseases, such as COVID-19 and Ebola, to tackling major chronic diseases such as obesity or diabetes–the challenges facing public health in the 21st century are complex and require the collaborative efforts of professionals in many different fields.

Through the School of Public Health, we offer a diverse range of postgraduate coursework and research degrees, as well as short courses in public health, biostatistics, and translational health sciences. We can prepare you to step up into a leading role in the promotion of health, with career opportunities for graduates that include public health officers, ministerial advisors, non-government organisation workers, education, analysis, community officers and project and research officers.

For undergraduate study, why not complete a Public Health major within the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences? Doing so will enable you to take an informed, population-wide perspective to the task of measuring and improving health—enormously beneficial for many different health sciences careers, ranging from clinical or public health practice to research.

Completing the Master of Public Health at the University of Adelaide has brought me recognition as an expert in public safety within the Metropolitan Fire Service. My studies have given me methods to analyse problems, and the confidence to seek better solutions.Mick Smith, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, MFS Adelaide


How to apply

Postgraduate coursework degrees

Most applications to all University of Adelaide postgraduate coursework programs are made online through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre(external link) (SATAC). The specific requirements for each degree are available on Degree Finder – make sure you read these thoroughly before applying.

Are you an international student? See our step-by-step international students' application guide for more information about how to apply.

Higher degrees by research

A key component of a successful postgraduate research experience is finding the best supervisor to help you achieve your investigative goals. Depending on your area of interest, there are several avenues for you to explore potential postgraduate research topics and locate a supervisor. For an overview of all research within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, visit our Research website and explore our areas of research.

If you are interested in applying for a Higher Degree by Research in our faculty please visit the Admission and/or Scholarship Application Process webpage on the Adelaide Graduate Centre website.

Once you're ready to apply, visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre, which administers both domestic and international postgraduate research applications. If you have any queries, contact the Adelaide Graduate Centre.

Short courses

Application requirements vary for each course. See the School of Public Health website for details.

Are you a current student with coursework queries?

We’re here to help. Come and see us at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Centre on the ground floor of Helen Mayo North on Frome Road, or make an appointment online. Alternatively, you can contact us by email or phone +61 8 8313 0273.